My freakishly inexplicable phone interview ended up going about as well as it could have, I think. I mean, given the fact that I am inescapably an outlying candidate for the avowed nature of the hire. I took the advice of my good readers, and ducked the awkwardness as long as I could, emphasizing how good I am at what I actually do. I even had clever ideas about teaching grad students and research integration, if I say so myself. And I summoned the bravery to ask the committee if they had anything they were holding back about asking me, which successfully drew out the question: "Sooooo....how do you see yourself fitting into our department's desire for a Thursday-purple-hat-wearing, Latvian-transsexual-dating Statistician-cum-Damn Liar?"
Well, I had to field it some time, didn't I? And I think I fielded it as honestly and yet as self-promotingly as I could manage. Don't know if that's sufficient, but that's all I could do. Given that I was always on the verge of throwing up my hands and saying that I was a preposterously strange candidate for this job and couldn't fathom how an entire hiring committee could sit down to talk to me about it without laughing, that's something.
I feel a bit more confident about the other phone interview I recently had. (Yes, two phone interviews already! Took me much longer to get that far in last year's job cycle!) That one was much more oriented toward what I do without the need for semantic acrobatics, so I felt like I had something of a home court advantage. I know, it's insane for an unemployed new Ph.D. to have any such feeling, but that's the best way to put it. I knew the terrain well. It felt good, and I felt like I acquitted myself quite well.
Nothing to do for the moment but put them both out of my mind, assume that I'll never hear from either one again, and press on with the applications. I've knocked out everything due in 2010, so I can start working almost a full month ahead of things. (Except for all the letters that my referees are sending absurdly late, but whatever! Par for the course, right?)
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