Please tell stories of your colleagues most annoying habits as audience members during job talk Q&A.
Showboating in Q&A
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It usually gets called showboating but I don't think that showboating is the right descriptor for what people are actually talking about.
It's almost always intellectual virtue signaling that's used to harp on a (perceived or real) points of contention or division in the department, which is merely using the job candidate and her/his talk as a prop to introduce the topic in really the only setting beyond dept. meetings in which the faculty are all assembled.
Examples from the gold standards of these things:
1) "How is this sociology?" translated as: "Our department is stuck in the boring and corny thickets of a debate over the virtues of "mainstream" and "non-mainstream" sociology (or, I'd like us to be) and I'm gonna use you as a poor sap through which to remind everyone of my allegiances on taht point.
2) "I noticed you didn't include any [insert subfield that I study] analytic in this analysis, and I'm wondering if you can speak to that" translated as "Hey jackasses, we've been ignoring my area in our hires and I'm not gonna stay quite about it anymore."