Ph.D. Job Searches: Campus Interviews

Campus interviews are as crucial as initial interviews.  These typically last about two days, usually with meetings with members of the faculty, administration and students.  When you get to this state, your hosts will usually spell out what is expected of you in good detail—e.g., lectures, teaching, particular meetings, receptions, etc. 

Again, the competition at this stage is usually very narrow: it is unusual for more than three candidates to reach this stage.  When you reach this stage, the Professionalization Committee and your dissertation committee will provide detailed advice.  The most important thing to remember at this stage is not to fear repeating yourself:  the members of the conference interview committee, who have brought you to campus, want their colleagues to hear and see what convinced them you were a top candidate.