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I’m shortlisted for a campus interview. I am asked if I can do it in few days. I’m nervous because it is very little time to prepare my research talk and teaching lesson. Can I tell them that the proposed date is too soon and would it be possible to do it at a later day? Would it go against me?

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    What position is this for?
    – Buffy
    Commented Feb 22, 2022 at 13:02
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    Yes, you can certainly request to move the interview a few days from that proposed interview date. BTW, you can also post this question on Stack Exchange Workplace at : workplace.stackexchange.com Commented Feb 22, 2022 at 18:24
  • Which country are you from? In the subcontinent, it might go against you.
    – kosmos
    Commented Feb 23, 2022 at 5:02

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You can ask for a different date. You dont necessarily need to tell them that it is because its not enough time for you to prepare. I actually asked for a different date because the proposed one was not too convenient for me and they said another date will not be possible as they will be very busy later. I think you can always just try and ask, if they say not you can just say that you will adjust your plans then and no harm done.

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You can always ask, but there are often many candidates that need to be interviewed and as a consequence, asking for a different date is an inconvenience to the department. It may also not be possible to move the date by any substantial amount: there is typically a deadline by which everyone has to be interviewed, and that deadline is typically at the end of the period during which candidates are scheduled to show up. As a consequence, you might be able to move an interview date by a week, but probably not by a month.

Of course, it might also be useful to point out that you will never be perfectly prepared. All anyone can ask you is to do your best -- so get on with getting prepared, and do what you can in the time allowed.

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