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.


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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