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11/16/09
Interview Protocol. Meeting someone you do not know
Filed under: Interviewing, Networking
Posted by: site admin @ 2:41 pm

A funny thing happened at NERM.  We
had a workshop beginning at 1 pm on
Friday and I had planned and arranged to
mock interview a person who agreed
to do so.  We had only conversed on
the phone.

Time was getting close so I walked out
of the meeting room into the mezzanine
area.  As I walked I surveyed her trying
to figure out something, “Hello, Laura,
[name changed] glad you made it. 
I’m Dan.”

“Hi, Dan,  How did you know it was me?”

Well, a very common thing interviewers
do now is search the people who they will
meet.  The search profiled her and provided
her  photo from intercollegiate athletics.

It came in handy.  It also gave me some
interesting information that we used in the
mock interview.  She was quite surprised
by how the mock interview process
worked.

Let me add, this came about from a
problem ‘Laura’ had.  She is an undergrad
at an institution driving distance from the
meeting and learned too late about
registering for the workshop.  She wisely
contacted the meeting organizer and
asked for help.  The organizer and I
agreed she could be my “guest” at the
meeting and would be most helpful if
she could be our first interviewee.

So, her “problem,” wisely managed,
became a “triple win”– (1)she attended
the workshop, (2)we had our first
audience participant interviewee, and
(3)she had a mock interview.

Then, to top things off in marvelous
fashion, the sent personal “thank you”
notes to the organizers and ACS.

Thank you, Laura!
[I think she has what it takes and will
do quite well!]

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