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15 July 2008 @ 09:28 am
Interview Today!  
I have an interview today at SRI International, up in Menlo Park, for a job as a GIS Technician.

Of the ten items listed under "Experience" in the job requirements:

  • I am solidly confident in my abilities in four.
  • I have brief, passing experience in four more ("I have opened and modified files in this software").
  • I have only theoretical experience in the remaining two ("I learned how to use the DOS version of software in this general category in the early '90s, and I have a book about more recent versions that I've flipped through.").


I am hoping that the quality of my in-depth experience ("Yes, I did that at NASA"), and my eagerness to get more experience in the other points, will overcome the more dubious qualifications I may have.

Wishes of luck are appreciated, but we're past the point of random fortune: skill and poise will see me through this.

 
 
I feel: hopefulhopeful
 
 
 
Rikoshi Kisaragirikoshi on July 15th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Hey, my boyfriend is up at SRI today!
Your Obedient Serpent: hopeathelind on July 15th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
Interviewing?

I know andreal just started there.
Rikoshi Kisaragirikoshi on July 15th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
Nah, he works for a company that does biotech certification stuff, and he's there doing some sort of on-site work today.
Ursula Messerschmittsnobahr on July 15th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
While I won't wish you luck on the interview itself, I wish that no unfortunate happenstances occur en route (flat tires, spilled liquids on shirt fronts, stepping in malodorous unidentifiables, etc.)...

All that can wait until you're on the way back home, where you will have the wherewithall to deal with it.

Your Obedient Serpent: coyote laughsathelind on July 15th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Such circumstances were what immediately came to mind when I started to type "Don't wish me luck; luck has nothing to do with it."

I KNOW better than that -- see icon!
Tombfyretombfyre on July 15th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
I wish more companies would take on people willing to learn. ^^ Seems most of them these days want people pre-trained for everything. Much luck to yah chief! Just threaten to eat them or something if it looks like they might be thinking otherwise. :3
Arcaton: jackassr_caton on July 15th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Pretrained? Always have. 20 year olds with 34 years experience at a 16 year olds money.
Phbbbpt.

Blessings go with you, good sir.
ArchTeryxarchteryx on July 15th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Well, I've found that most job offers go to a combination of skill and poise, mixed with just a BIT of random fortune. I got my postdoc at the NIH with a healthy dollop of luck, combined with my research track record...and another postdoc interview collapsed just from one misspoken, completely innocent sentence.

Therefore, I will wish you all the luck in the world, to go WITH your skill and poise. :>
Araquan Skytraceraraquan on July 15th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
You need both skill and luck, really. You have one, so I wish you the other. }:>
Margarasmargaras on July 15th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
Huge piles of well-wishes to you. Not quite the same as luck, just positive karma. ;)