Interviewing Candidates

In preparing to interview a candidate, review the following:

Interview Status

When you are in the candidate's presence — whether in a formal one-to-one interview situation or in a casual social gathering — you are in “interview status” with the candidate, and an appropriate, professional manner should be maintained.

Spouse/Partner Situations

It would be inappropriate to to directly inquire of the applicant if there are any spouse or partner issues that will need to be addressed if the applicant is proposed for the position. Consider these two options to identify and address potential spouse/partner situations.

  • Departments are encouraged to provide info/resource packets to all candidates invited for formal interviews. These packets should include brochures about the UCSD Partner Opportunities Program and Southern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), which provides Web addresses that list job openings at HERC-member institutions.
  • During the interview, you may ask if the candidate has any questions about the information provided. If the candidate raises the issue of employment for a spouse or partner, the topic is then open for discussion.
  • You may make comments about your own spouse/partner, children, etc., to which the candidate may or may not comment about his/her own spouse/partner issues.

Other Tips

  • Use the EVCAA mentoring program to welcome top candidates.
  • Give each candidate the opportunity to talk about gender and/or work climate issues with others who are not on the search committee and not in the department, such as your Faculty Equity Advisor.
  • Use the EVCAA Partner Opportunities Program to inform top candidates of employment resources for spouses / partners.
  • Provide information to all candidates about the recruitment process, the schedule for filling the position, and when the candidate can expect the next communication from the department.
  • During the interview process, the candidate is evaluating the university as well as being evaluated. Lasting impressions are formed on both sides.