Thanks for response...I think my nerves are just getting the better of me!!!wendywellesley said:be friendly, but not overly cheery. dress nice but not overly feminine. be enthusiasic, inquisitive and ask if there is anything you can do before you start working to prepare. make sure you have a general idea of the PI's (principle investigator) interest. if you can find some of the PI's papers either through his/her website or on PubMed, read the most recent ones. take a copy of your resume just in case s/he asks for it if you haven't given him/her it already. if you have prior experience think of how it may be relevent to your new job there (do you know how to make buffers? have you had to manage a lab before? have you worked with unix, excel, etc ?)
I am not sure by what you mean when you state "local" labs, but here is my advice anyway. I recently interviewed for a lab research part time job about a month ago, and my PI is actually the director of that school's MD/PhD program, so if I weren't sincere, he would have easily been able to read through me. Basically, as the above posters mentioned, it is important to have a working knowledge about the background of what the lab does. That doesn't mean you have to read the papers in advance, as a matter of a fact, my PI gave me the papers I needed to read on the interview. Rather, if for instance your lab does research in a specific area of neurobiology, then just have a general knowledge of what that area is about. Most importantly, look and sound sincere. The PIs are looking for smart and very dedicated students who are willing to work for very low payamericanangel said:Hey everybody,
I have an interview on Friday for a research position (possibly paying yay!!!) at one of the local labs. I was wondering if you guys had an advice.
This can be very true. My PI hates pre-meds (and I have to remind her when she's bashing pre-meds that I am going to med school). Her response is usually "You're different" but it still makes me mad. She thinks that doctors are lazy and incompentent. Although this is not necessarily the norm, you should be aware that some scientists don't take pre-meds seriously. Unfortunately that's because too many "resume builders" before you have made a terrible impression. This happened in my lab this past year. A pre-med agreed to do some undergrad research, stuck with it for 3 weeks, then quit. He told me he hadn't been interested in research at all, but that he thought it would look good on his med school applications.If the PI is in a pure science area, you may want to play down your interest in medicine, as it seems that some PIs in basic sciences have one or two experiences with premeds joining the lab just for their resume, then leaving before contributing anything significant.
i've found this a lot, science profs bashing pre-meds, med students and doctors. it's like they have some inferiority complex. it gets really old and annoying hearing science PhDs go off on people in medicine.Darth Asclepius said:This can be very true. My PI hates pre-meds (and I have to remind her when she's bashing pre-meds that I am going to med school). ........ She thinks that doctors are lazy and incompentent. Although this is not necessarily the norm, you should be aware that some scientists don't take pre-meds seriously.....