Recently, I was involved in the NESACS Career
Fair and conducted three mock interviews.
What I still remember are the stories, graphical
in nature, that were part of the responses the
Have you ever had to do a very repetitive job
that was essential yet quite boring and tedious?
was one question. The volunteer interviewee, “L”
offered that one of the projects she was involved
with required her to place a metal probe in each
of hundreds of sample pieces. She described how
she started out doing it, how she bundled this
activity and created a sample holder so that she
would do many at one time and do it repeatably.
It was important that she bundled the activity for
it bothered others in the lab. She then could do
this safely when few were around. She then quipped
that now that she is finished, mates commented
that they don’t have to hear her banging those
polymer samples any longer…
It was a short meaningful story that people could
remember and it demonstrated several things
about how she organized and carried out her work.
We need to remember that for certain questions,
we will be expected to relate information in stories.
In fact, it is a wise practice to prepare stories for
each item one places on their resume. Think about
the categories where you might interject memorable
stories. A good story is interesting and full of action.
Give the interviewer something to remember you
by and reveal your personality and character. Where
you can bring a small piece or device of that you
made or a picture of what you work on or with,
it helps portray in realistic terms what you have done.