So, one of the formational events of my young scientific career was getting a great internship at the DuPont company when I was in college. And because this was such a positive experience for me, I have been really pleased that we get to hire interns for my current group. I see it as an opportunity to give young scientists a chance for the same experience I had.
So, last week, we interviewed prospective candidates for the internship. Most of them are finishing their sophomore or junior year in college. Most kids are really nervous, one interview stood out for me…
…he was a young man who was finishing his sophomore year. He was bright, energetic, maybe a bit cocky (not a terrible thing in the right dose), and was doing fine in the interview…
… when in the middle of our discussion, he paused, took out his vibrating cell phone and took the time to read a text-message that he had just received.
Honest to God. I was floored.
I came this close to just stopping the interview (we had about five minutes left) and saying, “I should tell you that by doing that you just blew the whole thing, but thanks for coming in…” – but I didn’t have the heart. I went through the motions and sent him on his way.
If I had really been thinking, maybe I should have texted (I had his cell phone number from his resume) him: OMG no job 4 U!!!