Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Why is it that interview schedules freak me out?

Honestly, I'm at a normal level of stress and then some lovely assistant sends me the final version of my itinerary and my head hurts and stomach aches and I frantically read papers and bios until I'm rather sick with the knowledge that these are the people who will judge me.

Why is it that I fixate on irrelevant factors?

I hardly think that my choice of sweaters or the fact that I brought a silver watch and a gold necklace (The worst has happened! They don't match at all!) is going to make or break the experience. My seminar slides are excellent. I want this job and could so do this job. But what if I decide on the black sweater with the pretty draping and they think I'm unprepared for the weather because of the 3/4 sleeves? Or if I wear the pink, will I look too frivolous and fluffy? More importantly, why can't I understand that it's a very minor decision?

Why do I struggle so to get started?

Today is a travel day. An easy drive, checking into the beautiful hotel and deciding between looking at art or shopping. Delightful - all good things. Yet I remain in my pajamas in my parents' living room, needing to walk my dog and take a shower and throw bags in the car. Just go. Honestly.

OK, going. Really. Soon.


PhysioProf said...

Just remember that, like everyone, scientists respond really well to interest in their interests. When you meet with interviewers, project interest in their research, ask good open-ended questions to get them talking about their research, and they will like you and perceive you as a good potential colleague.

Anonymous said...

I know you will do well, Katie. Have a safe trip!

BrightStar said...

Rock the house! You'll be great. :)

T said...

You'll be amazing! I'm sure of it!

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