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interview for a CS lectureship at an Irish university

I've been invited to an interview for a lectureship position in computer science at an Irish university. They told me that I should prepare a 15 min presentation about my current research and that the whole interview is not expected to last more than 45 min. Apart from that I do not really know what to expect. Does anybody here have experience with such interviews?

I assume that the Irish system is probably pretty similar to the UK system? My experience is limited to central and northern Europe, so I would appreciate any comments and insights you might give me. Thanks in advance.

Cross-posted to academics_uk.

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I'm in Ireland, but in a very different discipline. Based on my experience:

1) The whole department (sometimes graduate students too) will probably be invited to the presentations, and will have the opportunity to ask questions. Members of the dept who turn up to presentations usually have the opportunity to comment on the candidates in a semi-formal way afterwards, but this doesn't ultimately have much weight with the panel.

2) The interview panel will be about 6-8 people, with an HR rep and a couple of externs. The questions will be pretty much what you'd get anywhere - about your research (probably following on from your presentation), teaching, and administrative experience. It depends on the university, but the admin burden in Ireland isn't typically as crippling as it is in the UK, but you will probably be expected to do some if you get the job (maybe not in your first year).

3) You'll get a call very quickly (possibly the same day) if you've got the job. More than a couple of days and you've likely not got it.

The system probably has more in common with the UK than any other university system, but there are differences too. Could you maybe say a little more about what sort of information you're after here?

Good luck!

(Oh, and if you haven't thought about it, even taking into account a recent fall in property prices, general living costs in Ireland are very high compared to most of Europe. Dublin's worst, of course. Just might be a consideration if you get the job)
Thanks, this is very useful.

Could you maybe say a little more about what sort of information you're after here?
Anything really - as I said, I have no experience with the Irish system. For example, what you said above that the whole dept could be invited to the presentations is something I would never expect from my central/northern European point of view. So now I won't be surprised if this happens.

Also, another example, the size of the panel (6-8) is more than I'd think (I'd say 3-4 based on previous experience). Good to know.

Perhaps one particular issue is should I be asking things back? You mention they will want to know about my teaching and administrative experience. Obviously I'll do my homework and try to find out how much teaching/admin stuff is required at this university, but should I be upfront and ask about this at the interview as well?
You'll be asked at the end if you have any questions you want to ask, and it's definitely a good idea to have two or three well-informed sounding questions (that's where the research comes in) in reserve for that. Unless you feel very much at ease, during the main part of the interview I'd stick to answering the questions. You might also be asked if you thought the interview process was fair. This happened in the last interview I had, and was delivered with a legal-requirement-possibly-stemming-from-Good-Friday-Agreement eye-roll. I spluttered, "Does anyone ever say no?" but still got the job. Wasn't really expecting that one.

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Can I please ask what I precisely need to do when they ask me to give a 10 minute presentation/introductory talk on your research and teaching experience and how it will be of benefit to the department.
Many thanks
Can I please ask what I precisely need to do when they ask me to give a 10 minute presentation/introductory talk on your research and teaching experience and how it will be of benefit to the department.
Many thanks
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