Here are a list of things that I would like to do for candidates who come to my school for an on-campus interview:
- Have time to speak to each faculty member one-on-one or in pairs.
- Speak with the Dean.
- Have lunch with our students.
- Give a talk.
- Ride our bus system (mainly to see how remarkably polite our students are when riding the bus).
- Take a tour of campus.
- Take a tour though the surrounding city.
- Eat dinner with selected faculty at restaurant or faculty member’s house.
I am not particularly excited about seeing a candidate teach a class of actual students. For one, this is always awkward—teaching is built on relationships, and it is difficult to teach without knowing your students. At best, this seems like a poor indicator of how the candidate would perform on the first day of each semester. (this also seems to suggest that the candidate should lecture, since it would just be weird to watch a candidate do group work or create inverted classroom when the students are not necessarily expecting it).
What am I missing? What else is useful for a candidate to do and/or see on an on-campus interview?