Friday, February 10, 2006
&c. Looking over our own nonselect codes, I found a couple of dandies:
- What the candidate said: I have aspired to, and worked hard to prepare myself, for a position like this. What the committee heard: I don't want you; I only want a job at this level.
- What the candidate said: This is a great time in my career to make a move like this. What the committee heard: I am looking to get out of my current job.
- What the candidate said: It is time for me to assume the mantle of leadership. What the committee heard: I am sick of working for others and want others to get sick of working for me.
- What the candidate said: I don't resonate with the leadership of my department. What the committee heard: They don't like me.
- What the candidate said: I want to run my own shop. What the committee heard: I am a control freak.
- Area of secondary competence not compatible with the needs of the department as advertised -- what the hell is "secondary competence"? I consider my baby sky hook a "secondary competence" insofar as it sucks more than my jump shot, which sucks too but not as much.
- Seminar/lecture failed to demonstrate scholarly substance (there are whole departments that would meet this reject code)
- Candidate not interested in the teaching component of the position. (Who is?)
- Candidate requires a higher salary than authorized. (Don't we all!)