How much does it cost a department to interview job candidates at the Eastern APA? And is the information about the job candidates that one acquires worth that money?
Based on conversations I’ve had, here are some reasonable estimations of typical expenses.
Hotel at the conference for 4-6 people at 2 people per room: 300-450$ per night for 4 nights = 1200-1800$.
Travel expenses for flights for 4-6 people: 300-600$ for each flight = 1200-2400$.
Meals for 4-6 people: 30$ per day for 4 days = 480-720$.
So I am estimating that many departments must spend between 2880$ – 4920$ to interview job candidates at the APA. Do these figures sound reasonable?
What is the average number of candidatese interviewed by a given department? I would assume 12-15 is the typical range. Does this sound right? Let’s assume that the typical department interviews 15 people.
What is the average number of candidates that a department flies out for campus visits after the APA? Let’s say it is 3 . Does this sound right?
How much does it cost to fly an individual to the campus? Here is my breakdown of the costs:
Flight for the individual: 300-600$
Two nights in a campus affiliated hotel: 120$ per night = 240$
Food and other expenses = 200$
So a typical campus visit probably costs between 740-1040$. Does this sound right?
Given these assumptions, if a department did not go to the APA and instead used the money for additional flyouts, the department would be able to fly out about 4-7 more people, making the total number of campus vists 7-11 instead of 3-4.
My suspicion is that, for many departments, interviewing at the Eastern APA is a bad deal. Campus visits are much more informative than 50 minute interviews. I would rather fly 8 people out to campus directly than interview 15 and then try to winnow them down to 3.
Is interviewing at the Eastern APA worth the costs?