You must show and tell how you fit what the hiring department wants from the position.
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Often it has nothing to do with the candidates.
If the interview process for a tenure-track job sounds grueling, that’s because it absolutely is.
It’s not you that search-committee members dread, per se. It’s the search itself.
Treat everyone you meet in the hiring process as if they will determine your prospects.
First-round interviews at a big meeting will survive because they can still be useful to all parties in a search.
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