From the ACS national meeting in San Francisco, again.
On Tuesday I had the opportunity to meet with a pleasant fellow close to
his Ph. D. from Northwestern. He had very good credentials and wanted
to engage in a mock interview. Usually the first thing we discuss in the
mock interview, after our greeting, is where the individual wishes to work
and what do they think they would like to do. Z. had not formulated his
ideas where he wished to work at that point.
It sure did sound like he should have a career discussion.
So, in the half hour we had for our session, Z. and I engaged in a friendly
and positive discussion clarifying what kind of a place he might wish to
Then, as time was running out he asked if he could have a mock interview.
There was not enough time for this, however, we did agree that he would
be a good candidate for and would gain immense value from a mock
interview conducted during a workshop.
He was uncertain at first, not ever having a mock interview. ‘Z.,’ I told him,
‘it will be just like the conversation we just conducted.’ The better part of it
is that he would have 50 people observing and pointing out what he did
well and what he could improve on. Z. agreed.
So the first comment reveals some of the high points of the ‘mock interview’
discussion…all very much worth learning about.
You can place yourself in the audience of the mock interview… Dan