Monday, June 18, 2007

Deep breaths...

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!

6 comments:

Heidirific said...

Congrats! Sending you good luck happy thoughts.

Sharon in Ireland/NZ said...

Thats great news. Best of luck for the interview - I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Oh, and you get to use the Rowan vouchers - unexpected bonus!!

Elly said...

Oh, marvellous news!

About your comment about PotW....... so funny you should say crazy.... when I first came across your blog, you had a certain picture of the start of your shawl, and I could have sworn it was mine! I literally took a double-take!

That's too bad about running out of yarn, the border eats so much more than expected. But I do hope you finish the shawl some time.

Good luck in London!

a simple yarn said...

All the best to you, Lien. Go kick some science journal booty....

Laura said...

Congrats! Keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you. (Not much knittig getting done with them crossed, but what the hey...)

Dharia said...

hi! i'm dreadfully late at updating the science knits webring sites. sorry about that. But i'm so happy to see your blog now. I'm eager to find out more about your job interview. I am a PhD student now, hoping to be a journal editor someday. would love to hear all about it!