After all the talk by my (senior) colleagues, I did not even make the shortlist. Basically we had three candidates who were of exceptional quality and experience that placed them several steps above us other candidates. Of the remaining 9 candidates, I was apparantly up top but it was not a clear cut decision between me and others of similar experience and so they have opted to interview only the three.
I cannot say that I am 100% fine with this, but neither am I tearing my hair out and crying. It is a bit annoying that I wasted so much time preparing my application but hindsight is a beautiful thing. As the Dean said, I am young and in a relatively secure position, I have the future all ahead of me. Plus from my own point of view I am doing just what I always wanted to do.
Anyway, I may not have a job interview to prepare for but I do have to prepare two talks and a poster for three upcoming meetings so I will be quiet for some time. If this blog was more popular I would advertise for guest bloggers :-)
Apologies to those I am sort of in mid-debate with over various issues. I am afraid real life is getting in the way and as I have said before I am making stark choices on what blogging I do and respond to.
p.s. points for anyone who can name the song that the title of this post is a recurring line out of.