Interviewees typically meet with a search committee comprised of:
the hiring manager
various campus representatives that might be interacting with the position in the future
Search committees can range from two to as many as five individuals
Prior To The Interview
Someone from the hiring unit will contact you if you’re selected for interview.
When they call make sure to obtain:
Their name and contact information
Directions or a map showing the exact location of the interview
where you should park
do you need to purchase a permit
or will the unit be providing you with one
The name and phone number of someone to contact the day of the interview if you get lost or are running late
Preparing For The Interview
Review your application package and be prepared to clarify such things as:
Review the job posting and be prepared to give examples of directly related or transferable experiences and skills.
Learn more (e.g., mission, goals, projects) about the hiring unit or division. Use the UCSC A-Z index on the campus home page (www.ucsc.edu ) to locate unit specific web pages.
Compile and bring to the interview:
copies of your application materials
samples of your work (if appropriate)
a list of your professional references including:
your list of questions for the committee.
Drive up to campus a day or two before your interview; locate the building/room you will be going to and the closest parking lot. Parking passes can be purchased at the Information Kiosk [Campus Maps].
What To Expect During The Interview
Arrive 15-30 minutes early. The unit may ask you to sign your employment application. They may also provide a copy of the interview questions, so you have a few minutes to formulate your thoughts.
Committee members may take turns asking you questions. If you don’t understand a question ask for it to be repeated or restated for clarity.
Answer questions using specific examples of work you have done. Emphasize the positive. Do not make negative comments about current or previous employers, colleagues or work situations.
If you don’t have any directly related experience, give examples of transferable skills. Don’t forget about the experience and skill you have gained through volunteer work.
The committee should give you some sense of next steps and timeline. If they don’t offer this information ask when you might hear back from them.
After The Interview
Send a thank you note to the hiring manager or search committee chair.
If you don’t hear something within a week’s time follow up with the hiring manager or committee chair.