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08/10/06
Telephone Interview: Difficult Question
Filed under: Interviewing
Posted by: site admin @ 7:52 am

Dan,

I hope you had a great weekend. I had an one-hour phone interview with Eastman Chemical Company yesterday. I was a little nervous in the first few minutes but I calmed myself down. Overall, I feel everything was going well except for one question.

After I briefly went through my education, I was asked
   why did you want to get a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry after you earned an M.B.A.?
My answer was that I believe that an M.B.A. plus a Ph.D. in Chemistry will prepare me for a career as a “lead-analyst/researcher” in today’s business world.

After hearing my answer, Dr. S (interviewer) switched the conversation to my experience with GC-MS.

Do you think my answer is OK? or there is a better way to reply? I am pretty sure I would encounter same question again.

Thank you!

K

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