Thursday, June 21
We had a very nice presentation about interviews. I think the most important thing I learned is that 50% of the interviewer’s opinion is already formed in the first 30-60 seconds since meeting, and after 2 minutes it’s very unlikely they’ll changed their mind. I find that pretty disappointing. In that amount of time, you’re being judged on purely social things like small talk, eye contact, hand shakes, etc. instead of the skills you’ll actually bring to the table (including social skills). It’s a shame that human psychology puts more emphasis on those first-time skills that are seldom useful in the types of jobs I’m interested in.
Friday, June 22
Someone was let go today. They were the only person in both my research group and my deeper dive group. I can see why it happened, but I’m not sure that I agree that it did. The premise is that being consistently late is disruptive, but having them gone completely seems like it would be worse. I’m not worried about getting work done without them, so maybe not. I guess we’ll see.
Anyway, we threw a quick goodbye party in the evening before they left in the morning.