The Phone Interview

18 02 2010

I had my phone interview this morning for Potential Job #1, and I have to say that I think it went pretty well.  Especially, considering that it was my first ever phone interview and I was extremely nervous heading into it.  They asked what seemed like pretty standard interview questions about my teaching experience, my research experience, what can bring to their department, how would I balance my time between teaching and research, etc.  I didn’t feel as though I stumbled over any particular question, and I thought my answers were very straightforward and to the point. 

Now that I have that one phone interview under my belt, I am ready to hear back from some of my other Potential Jobs (not that I don’t want PJ#1, because it would be a great opportunity and would take it in a heartbeat if it was offered to me).  So, for those of you on the job market….how is your search going? Are you starting to hear back from anyone? I would love to have some comments from anyone in the job market, but I would really love to hear from some chemistry people.

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The Journey Begins

17 02 2010

So….I and my whole family have been very sick the past few days.  I was unable to meet with my boss during that time, so who knows what he still has to say about my work. I will probably be meeting with him sometime today. 

However, I received a very interesting e-mail the other day.  As I have stated in my profile and in my first post, I am on the job market. I have around 25 CVs out at various institutions around the country…well mostly in the South/East portions of the country. I have heard back from a few that just straight up said thanks, but no thanks. However, I received my first positive response the other day! I have my first phone interview coming up!!  I realize that this is just the first round of the interview process at most universities, but I am very encouraged by this opportunity. Mainly because I didn’t think that I had a chance at this position, but I applied anyway.  I’m glad that I did now!   I am hoping that the replies will start coming in more regularly now (no matter if they are good or bad).  Now I just have to wait for the phone to ring!