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January 28, 2010

Being the interviewer feels different from being the interviewee, but both positions feel equally tough. Over the last few days, I’ve been interviewing prospective members for my committee and it’s been a good experience. I’ve never done it before and it’s actually harder than I thought.

Many times before, I’ve been in the opposite position and always felt that it was an easy job for the interviewer, since I believed that all the pressure was on me, the applicant. But after doing it myself, I’ve found that there is pressure on the interviewer as well- to ask good questions and find out certain pieces of information. As the interviewer, questions are tough to come up with because I don’t want to make the other person feel uncomfortable, but at the same time, I need to figure out if he or she is a good fit for my committee. The need to prepare for an interviews definitely goes both ways.

From my standpoint, I want to hear an honest representation of the applicant’s personality, experience, and energy, but it’s hard when most people tend to follow the prototypical “interview script.” It’s also tough to differentiate and choose only a select few when you have a bunch of qualified applicants, each with his or her own great qualities.

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