Accidentally asked about interviewer's first name?

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spirospero363

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My faculty interviewer asked me at the beginning of the Zoom call how to pronounce my first name, and I explained. I then asked her how to pronounce her first name, kind of as a reflex as I felt that would be the polite thing to do. Is it bad that I asked how to pronounce her first name, although she is a doctor? I really didn't intend to be disrespectful or unprofessional in any way, but just was asking the question in return (her last name was easy to pronounce).

I am sorry if this is a supremely neurotic question; I've had too much time to think after interviews, and it's driving me a little crazy
 

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It is neurotic question if you only asked how to pronounce and didn't address her by first name.
 

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Well I asked her, and then repeated after she said it to make sure I was pronouncing correctly (as she did the same for me, and I didn't think it through). I didn't start calling her by her first name but I still feel bad about potentially insulting her. I also addressed her as Dr. in my thank you email
 
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People understand you're under stress. I don't think it will be the end of the world.
 
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No reason to worry about it now. Nothing you can do about the past. Just take the lesson and move on.
 
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You asked, she explained, you repeated - that's it. Nothing to worry about. If you are worried, in your thank you email make a statement about it.
 
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No reason to worry about it now. Nothing you can do about the past. Just take the lesson and move on.
Not sure what lesson? IMHO, I don't think it was bad at all that OP asked for it after the interviewer had already asked OP. It was part of a conversation. Even if OP had initiated without the other party, don't think it is wrong by any means. It might show politeness and curiosity, if anything.
 

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No reasonable human being on the planet would hold it against you if you asked them how to pronounce their first (or last) name
 
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lmao chill man. You're completely fine. I understand the overthinking but I PROMISE you no one cared. I say this both as someone who used my interviewers' first names in my med school interviews and as someone who has interviewed people for competitive jobs.
 
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My faculty interviewer asked me at the beginning of the Zoom call how to pronounce my first name, and I explained. I then asked her how to pronounce her first name, kind of as a reflex as I felt that would be the polite thing to do. Is it bad that I asked how to pronounce her first name, although she is a doctor? I really didn't intend to be disrespectful or unprofessional in any way, but just was asking the question in return (her last name was easy to pronounce).

I am sorry if this is a supremely neurotic question; I've had too much time to think after interviews, and it's driving me a little crazy
It's OK. Xanax time for you
 
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No reasonable human being on the planet would hold it against you if you asked them how to pronounce their first (or last) name

That was my go to line when I realized I walked in to a pediatric patient room and realized I couldn't remember their name. Of course it sounds kind of stupid when the kid's name is "John" or "Robert". :smack:
 
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That was my go to line when I realized I walked in to a pediatric patient room and realized I couldn't remember their name. Of course it sounds kind of stupid when the kid's name is "John" or "Robert".
Of course - the assumption in this OP's case was that both the interviewers and the OP's names were not easy to pronounce.
 
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This is it. This being the factor that keeps you out. That'd be hilarious but unfortunate, but I highly doubt this is the thing that would keep you out of their medical school.
 
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