Let me introduce this by saying that R and
I have been talking and emailing back and
forth for a month. In this I encouraged him
to attend the Boston meeting, even as an
unemployed chemist (free.).
At the Boston meeting on the first day,
R was kind enough to come to the first Mock
interview workshop session. He very
professionally came in before the session
and introduced himself to me.
Then, when we needed a volunteer
interviewee, I pressed him into service.
Now, mind you, I asked him to visit me
at the meeting and be ‘mock’ interviewed.
He declined saying he was not quite ready.
Alas, ‘the planets were aligned and it
We conducted a plain-and-simple one-
on-one interview that could have been a
script in a movie about how to interview.
All the things we had conversed and
emailed about were delivered with
great enthusiasm. So, when the audience
was asked to comment, one of the most
experienced consultants offered that he
could not believe his eyes and ears
during the interview. Everything was
The interesting comment R offered, after
the session, was that he really needed that
simple practice for his confidence. He
had interviews scheduled and it was like
the “basketball shoot-around” before the
game or the “batting practice before the
first pitch” or the “stretching before running
a distance race.” Think about doing this
before you attend screening interviews.