Last week I interviewed for two positions - an in-person interview for an administrative position, and a phone interview for a faculty position.
Both pay the same, although the faculty position has slightly better benefits.
After my phone interview, they called me back the same day to schedule an in-person interview, which takes place this Monday.
Today I got an email from the first job (administrative position), informing me I was a finalist and asking me if I was still interested in the position.
What should I do?
The faculty position is in my career path, and is something I would much rather do. The administrative position is much more of a job job -- it'll pay my bills, it'll let me keep going to school for free, but it won't be useful on my CV and I wouldn't really be making good connections.
From talking with other people, I know that the interview process for the faculty position is very involved. It takes approximately a month to go from candidate selection to offer. My plan right now is to reply to the administrative position saying yes, I'm still interested (I don't think they're offering me the job quite yet), and then on Monday talk with the head of the hiring committee for the advising job, who I'm friendly with, and explain my situation and ask her if she could at least let me know if I am taken out of contention.