Ask your HR contact ahead of time who you’ll be interviewing with and whether those interviews will be one-on-one or panel style. This way, you won’t be surprised or thrown off when you walk in and see a group waiting to talk to you. If you want to go the extra mile, look up each person on LinkedIn or the company’s site to see what their role is and figure out how that might relate to the job you’re interviewing for. You’ll get a better sense of who might ask which types of questions as well as any shared connections you have with them.
Receiving my monogrammed white lab coat was a rite of passage for me. It represented the confirmation that I’ve entered a world where I can scrupulously investigate the delicate intricacies of the brain and nervous system. It’s a world where I witness firsthand the transformation of raw ideas, that were once a mere hybrid of curiosity and prior knowledge, into pending solutions for the tribulations that plague humanity. Eight researchers in my lab are female. These intelligent, passionate women are beacons of achievement in their respective fields. Their example both challenges and humbles me. They invest in my scientific future through every moment they spend with me. I hope that someday I’m able to repay that investment by further proving the point that women belong in laboratories and scientific institutions, where they can excel. I would like to banish, once and for all, the misguided mindsets about where a woman’s “place” should be. In the meantime, I’ll be in the lab.