It’s that time of year again, people. The major academic associations in the fields of History (the American Historical Association) and Literature (the Modern Language Association) will be meeting this week/end in Atlanta (Ga.) and Austin (Tex.), respectively. There will be panels and receptions and live-tweeting. There will be coffee dates and awkward elevator encounters and tearful/drunken grad program reunions. And there will be first-round job interviews.
Last year, I bemoaned the state of interview fashion at the AHA and suggested a series of awesome looks that I wished people would wear.
This year, I present some outfits that a job candidate should not wear to her/his interview. Under any circumstances.
“I am most excited that this is a designated position in environmental studies.”
“The most important element of a good syllabus is structure.”
“I bring a very unique skill set to the classroom.”
Wait. Wrong list. You’re welcome.
“What’s the matter? Do I have something on my face?”
“I believe in transparency at all levels.”
“I try to bring history to life in my classes.”
“I hope you don’t mind that I brought some friends with me.”
“How do you think this interview is going? I’m having trouble reading your reactions.”