April 19th, 2011


Interview with the Rosicrucian Museum

I had a phone interview with the Rosicrucian today. It's an Egyptian museum here in San Jose that claims to display the largest exhibit of Egyptian artifacts in North America. (Note: They don't claim to have the largest museum collection, only to have the largest collection on display.) They're looking for some interns, and the moment I realized they had a position open, I applied. But I hadn't heard from them in a couple of weeks, so I'd pretty much given up. But last week, the coordinator of the intern program called and set up this interview.

Did it go well? I'm not sure. A lot of the questions were fairly standard: Describe a time when you dealt with a problem customer, what do you want to get out of this internship, how has your previous experience prepared your for this position, etc. etc. I certainly don't think I had any wrong answers, but there were several times when I'd think, "Gosh, I could have said that more professionally." I have a very informal speaking style, and although I have tried over the past year to clean it up, it's really hard to break myself of certain habits. 'Dude' slips into the ends of my sentences, I ask people "What's up?" when I know they want me to do something, and so on. It's embarrassing that I can't seem to correct this, even though it's a problem I'm very aware of as I speak. I mean, I've tried taking a breath before speaking to help slow down my speech, mentally rehearsing what I'll say before I open my mouth, and somehow my sloppy California-casual speaking style always slips through.

But on the plus side, I have an on site, follow-up interview on Thursday down at the Museum. That must mean I did something right? So, wish me luck.