The science journal people want me to go over to London for an interview! Wheee!
It took a long time to get to this point. The initial application asked for a writing sample. Then they got back to me saying I'd been short-listed for the position and would I be able to do an "editorial task" for them as the next step. This basically involved judging several "typical" papers that get submitted to the journal, and I was to read them and say whether they were suitable for publication in this particular journal; why or why not...that sort of thing. I had a week to do it. It was like having homework! And the sad thing is...I quite enjoyed it. An assignment, like in school!
Today they wrote back asking if I was available for an interview next week. I've looked up flights already. As usual, they say that part of the interview is a chance for me to ask any questions I may have. I already know what I'm going to ask: Feedback on my assignments, please! At each step, they don't mention at all how I did on the last step. And I want to know. I mean, what's the point if I don't get any useful feedback? Criticism or otherwise. A plain "yes" is just as unhelpful as a plain "no" if you don't tell me why. Or maybe I've been in school too long?
I'm so excited! Hey, I'll get a chance to use those Rowan yarn vouchers!