"Of all the components of the interview process, the setting that conveys the greatest amount of accurate information about a candidate's aptitude in this area is not the one-on-one meeting, nor the group meals, nor even the job talk itself but rather the question and answer period following the job talk. It is this Q&A, a mere hour in a long day or two of interviewing, that constitutes the most crucial component of the entire job searching ordeal. This is also the part of the interview that terrifies students most." - Ron E. Hassner, "Trial by Fire: Surviving the Job Talk Q&A" PS: Political Science and Politics 41:4 (2008), 803-8.
My practice job talk is at 10am tomorrow. To say that I am nervous would be an understatement.