So I have a phone interview this week. For what looks like a job that seems most likely (despite a questionable library collection) to help me to become an actual lion cub. And I don't know if I give good phone. Any suggestions, besides the one about smiling the whole time?
Not necessarily my best interview. Got caught up in the "don't let there be too much dead air so answer without thinking things through" dilemma. That, and they asked a litmus test question that I don't know if I answered really well. it was the one on World History. It's a question I dread, because, while I entirely agree that we should all know more history of everywhere, I am not convinced that World History is a better way of learning than History of the World. For the non-History folk, that's a whole post that I think I'll write in a few days, after I know how this went. Part of why I say this is that the very best WH text out there -- Bentley-Ziegler, IMHO -- presents information on my own areas of expertise in a very superficial and indeed, a misleading (but not necessarily deliberately so) way. if that's the case for my stuff, is it also true for other areas? I will always wonder. Anyway, while I think I was convincing about having the background to teach WH (I do have experience and a field outside of Europe), I do not think I was convincing about my belief in the field. I am happy to say I was honest, though. We'll see. I should know about the next step by the end of the week.