While it is understandably disheartening to go through a recruiting process involving multiple interviews and not be the selectee, I would like to give you some hope to motivate you to keep up job searching in higher education. . More and more academic institutions are adopting a philosophy of "Talent Strategy". This translates into their tracking the "runners up" and considering them for other similar positions. This is not easy in large decentralized institutions where sharing and collaboration is not necessarily the norm. But as HR units become more sophisticated, more attention is being paid to developing a talent pool. I personally have referred strong candidates who were near-misses for one job but ended up receiving offers for similar positions elsewhere in the University. So as mentioned in past articles, if you are turned down for one position, be particularly gracious upon receiving the news and express your enthusiasm for being considered for any other opportunities. What I have seen happen is that he ultimate placement ends up being a better match than the first.
Contributed by Paula Goodman, Director of Recruitment / HR Client Services-CUHR at Columbia University