Here is a list of questions I received most often during (first round) interviews, per request. Hope the list helps this year’s JMCs prep
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Questions about the JMP:

clarifications? What’s the significance/contribution? What are the shortcomings? How would you enhance it & (implicitly) what is stopping you from doing so? What is your main policy implication?
Qs about the JMP:

Where does this fit in the literature? How does this weigh against other evidence on the topic? What would <someone else who has written on the topic> critique about your work?
Qs about the JMP:

Do you think your findings are externally valid? What are your key assumptions? Is X a threat to your paper’s findings? How would you apply your findings to X situation?
Questions about your research pipeline:

What other research are you working on now? What research would you like to be doing in 5 years? How do you connect the various disjointed parts of your research agenda?
Questions about you as a researcher:

What are your strengths as a researcher? Where do you still need to improve? How do you plan to improve? You frequently collaborate with others; what do you bring to a research partnership? What did you do on X collaborative project?
Where you’ll fit in the department:

Whom in our department do you overlap with/complement? What second-year grad course would you like to teach? What undergrad course would you like to teach? What are your preferred areas of service?
School-specific questions often focus on the things they perceive are unique to them such as teaching MBAs/MPPs, moving to a specific area, being a liberal arts place or interdisciplinary etc.

Why do you want to come here? What attracts you to liberal arts/policy/biz schools?
School-specific questions:

What is your optimal mix of teaching & research? What do you like about liberal arts/policy/business/interdisciplinary schools? What was the last policy/business/interdisciplinary paper you read?
Curveballs I received (and have loved discussing thereafter, but was surprised by initially):

Who is your economic role model? What makes a paper AER-worthy? Why do X and Y famous econs disagree about your JMP topic & what evidence might build consensus?

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Emily Dickinson -- five poems for researchers.
Born today in 1830.
A short 🧵
E Dickinson on growth mindset/imposter syndrome
We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies—
The Heroism we recite
Would be a daily thing,
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For fear to be a King—
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I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
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They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
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Here’s a data download for first round interviews. Wisdom I received and things I learned along the way when I was on the JM last year. Please feel free to add your 2c! (I’ll post my notes on flyouts soon)
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Your goal is to convince them that you are smart, competent, & kind, that you have an interesting pipeline of work, that you would be a great colleague, and that you will come if they offer you a job. (Insight from @lkatz42)
Approach interviews with excitement--not dread. Interviews are an opportunity to share work that you’re excited about, an opportunity to chat with a handful of really smart people taking your research seriously. How wonderful!
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