I am scheduled for an interview for a Lecturer position at a leading Irish university in a couple of weeks. I am trained, and have a job in the North American academic system. Thus, I am well versed with the N. American protocols, but do not know much about the UK/Ireland context. I have looked up resources such as the ones highlighted below, but I still have some questions.

  1. In an American context, an interview can be scheduled for 3 days with several rounds of discussion with members in the faculty. In Ireland, is it considered appropriate to reach out to individual faculty members for discussion regarding the position, department, and the university?
  2. What is the standard dress-code for the interview? Is it just a jacket and tie or a full suit?
  3. Are start-up funds part of the offer package, and worth discussing in the interview?

The resources I have looked up are as follows:

Interviewing for a lecturer position in the UK

My UK academic job interview experiences

For North Americans: the-peculiar British interview process

Dressing etiquette for interviews in academia

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    The article "For North Americans: the-peculiar British interview process" is an interesting reading because speaking with some colleagues of mine around Europe it turns out that most of us, on the contrary, consider the US interviewing process quite peculiar and uselessly long, and no one is really interested in speaking with so many people from the hiring department. – Massimo Ortolano Nov 9 '18 at 11:02
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    I did my PhD in Ireland and am the person who asked the first question you linked. I think 1 will be useless if those faculty members are not part of the interviewing committee, if they are, it may seem inappropriate (like you're trying to precondition them). For 2, I would go for a suit. For 3, in the UK, for the position I applied for, the department's "default" was one PhD student and that position had an extra PhD student attached to it because it was part of an externally funded project; this is definitely something worth discussing with the panel. – Miguel Nov 10 '18 at 7:15
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    I'm also in Ireland and I agree with Miguel especially for question 1, be really careful: I've seen academic job offers which explicitly forbid "canvassing". – Erwan Nov 29 '18 at 23:58
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    How did the interview go? Perhaps you could write an answer based on your experiences, for the benefit of others. – Anyon Jun 21 '19 at 20:46
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    @Miguel Can you please turn your comment into an answer? – jakebeal Jul 26 '19 at 11:10

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