Sunday, April 29, 2012

Interview arranged!

Just got my interview day/time!
Dear HI-SEAS Applicant, 
Your interview time is set for 5/2/2012 at **** EDT. If this doesn't work for you, please let us know ASAP. If you haven't already, please let us know your Skype ID (preferred) and/or phone number, so that we can call you. 
Looking forward to talking with you, and all the best, 
Kim Binsted HI-SEAS
If allowed, after all of the interviews are over I will post a follow up with what questions it involved to give you an idea of what they find important in an applicant.

Image Credit: NASA
Glad to see that the HI-SEAS administrators are "next gen" enough to use Skype for the interview process. So often in the aerospace community I've run into organizations still using antiquated infrastructure from the 80s and 90s. A phrase heard frequently in the space community, "We can send a man to the Moon but we can't set up a teleconference*!"

* Substitute Power Point presentation, digital projector, coffee machine, or toilet paper dispenser as warranted by your particular company or situation.

1 comment:

  1. First, the statement that starts, "If we can put a man on the moon..." always gets my blood pressure up, because the fact is that for the last 40 years, we have NOT been able to send a man to the moon. Once in the mid-70s I chanced to travel through Huntsville, AL and stopped to visit the Space and Rocket Center. There, I saw one of the last Saturn V's, which was used as a dynamic test article. It was sad, even then, to see the weeds growing up around it, etc. It has now been refurbished and moved indoors, but to me it's still a reminder of what we used to be able to do, but no longer can.

    I was amused that you're impressed with the how "next gen" (what we used to call "hip") the investigators are. From her picture on the university website, Dr. Binsted looks pretty "next gen" herself, but lately I've started noticing that lots of people look really young.

    As far as the interview, I've been through a few similar processes from both sides of the fence, and my opinion is they're not looking at qualifications any more. If you have something you didn't put in the application, by all means bring it up, but what they're looking at in the interview is entirely subjective. Personality.

    Everyone in the remaining pool is fully qualified. They'd do just fine by throwing darts at the list. Remember, they're not actually looking for the best six people to send to Mars, they're looking for 6 (8) lab rats with a normal sense of taste and smell.

    BUT, the rats must all be simpatico enough to live in a tin can with 5 strangers for a few months with no homicides. Seriously, one stealth flaming sphincter could jeopardize the whole study. I expect questions about conflict resolution, whether your friends leave brochures on anger management around for you to find, etc. Get your Zen on!

    So, the old, tired advice about interviews is actually apropos here: be yourself. And that goes double if you really are a flaming sphincter. We need to get those all eliminated.

    Best of luck.

    Ed Fix

    PS. Free advice is generally worth what you pay for it, or less.


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