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I am an Asst Prof working at a mid-size liberal arts college in the US.

Recently I applied for an Assoc Prof position in the Netherlands and got invited to do a Zoom interview. I’m pumped! I’ve read a bit about how the differences in academia between the two countries, but sure would appreciate any input in what kind if questions I could expect.

I’ll be interviewed by internal 4 professors, one PhD student (!!) and an external scholar. Intense.

I’ve never had to interview before because I did my MS, PhD, postdoc, Lecturer, Asst Prof jobs all at the same institution.

And input on what I can expect, especially from the Dutch our European perspective, but honestly overall, would be great! Should I wear a tie?

  • I recently had an interview for a faculty position in the Netherlands. I did not find the experience any different from other European countries where I had interviews (four in total). One unique question was: How would I approach exams and grading in a lecture with 100s of students? (Given that it's not allowed to involve TAs in grading in the Netherlands.) – lighthouse keeper May 11 at 11:43
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    Wardrobe questions will mostly depend on your field, rather than the country. – lighthouse keeper May 11 at 11:45
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    Off topic, but I'm staggered that you went from Master's student to assistant professor without having a single interview. Even though you stayed at the same institution that seems bonkers. – astronat May 11 at 12:20
  • Cool, ok. Great point. – Bashar May 11 at 12:24
  • @astronat I went from undergrad student to full professor without being interviewed. I think that means only that I'm old. – Andreas Blass May 11 at 22:12

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