June UNC WISE Meeting – All About Interviewing

Our next UNC WISE meeting is at a new time 5PM for the summer this upcoming Monday, June 3rd, in the Student Union Room 3515. Michelle Riener will be discussing good interviewing practices and leading us through mock-interview questions. Then our inspirational woman scientist of the month, Dr. Michelle Kovarik, will be sharing her firsthand experiences with applying and interviewing for jobs, in which she has been very successful. Please read below for more details and reading for the upcoming meeting. It should be an extremely helpful and relevant meeting so I encourage everyone to attend and we’re looking forward to a great meeting!

UNC WISE Executive Board

Preparing for an interview can be a daunting process, and studies have shown how stereotype threat can play a part in how successful job postings and interviews can be. This month’s meeting will focus on 1) stereotype threat in the context of job postings and 2) how to prepare and ace a job interview. If you are unfamiliar with stereotype threat, I recommend reading the entire document which mentions a few prominent case studies and better explains the issue, however the focus of the meeting will be on the pilot section down to the results/discussion. Please be prepared to discuss your thoughts on the study.

The Effect of Stereotype Threat on the Interview Performance of Women” by Amanda Shantz and Gary P. Lantham, Advancing Women in Leadership, Vol. 32

A typical job interview may be broken down into separate sections. We will be looking at questions regarded as tough, behavioral, competency, and illegal. Come prepared to answer these interview questions:

1. Tell me about yourself?

2. Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?

3. What are your strengths/weaknesses?

4. How long do you plan to work before you retire?

The Inspirational Woman Scientist of the month is Dr. Michelle Kovarik, who will be starting her new job as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Trinity College in July.  Dr. Kovarik received her B.S. from St. Louis University and earned her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Indiana University.  Before acquiring her job at Trinity, she was a SPIRE postdoctoral fellow in Nancy Allbritton’s lab. Michelle has been very successful at applying and interviewing for jobs, and she will be sharing her expertise with us, in person, at our next meeting!


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