Many trainees aspire to be future faculty members; however most job candidates aren’t familiar with the structure of the academic interview. Academic interviews are different from other job interviews in many ways, requiring preparation on not just your own research, but also into the hiring department and the institutional program of research. This panel will help postdocs strategically prepare for academic interviews. This panel will outline the structure of the in-person academic interview in R1, medical schools and teaching-intensive institutions with respect to job talks, chalk talks, faculty visits and dinners. Panelists will also discuss characteristics that are common to successful interviewees and the skills they exhibit. This panel explains the pitfalls and common mistakes of first time academic job candidates.