The Velawesomeraptor Himself (clayrobeson) wrote,
The Velawesomeraptor Himself
clayrobeson

What I did yesterday afternoon...

Made it up to Mountain View wicked early, so I had time to find a Subway and grab some lunch before the interview. Turns out the SETI offices are pretty much directly across 101 from NASA. So it's like being in the same space neighborhood.

Post sammich, I got back to the building about 20 minutes early, waited five more, and went it.

The receptionist buzzed both the interviewers, but they were off somewhere, so I picked up a copy of Explorer, the SETI magazine and read while I waited.

Inside the Explorer, I found an article about the podcast, and found out that one of the people I'd be interviewing with (the show host) is the Senior Astronomer at the Institute.

Right on schedule at 2:30, they called up for me, and I was escorted to a conference room in the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe. The Producer and Host of the show were there, and they were both really nice. They made sure I knew it was a part time gig (2 days per weekish), and that it would be alot of self-supervised work in the studio while they worked on their OTHER jobs, too. Cause they do more than just the podcast, hence the need for an Assistant Producer.

I got the impression that they thought I might be overqualified for the job, but they didn't come out and say that. They asked what my interest in Radio was, and I explained that it wasn't so much Radio, as the fact that this job was the opportunity to combine my fascination with the Scientific with my love of production. Much like my work with NASA, it was the combination of many of the things that I love to do.

I was pretty cheerful throughout the interview, and the Producer mentioned that I seem to bring alot of joy to whatever I'm doing. The fact that she noticed, impressed me alot.

They gave me a hypothetical situation: Show deadline is 6PM, at 9AM the main guest for the show who's doing a phone interview has to cancel. What do I do?

I laughed and said, that I hoped there was actually a whole list of potential guests we were considering for that show, and that I'd start at the top of that list and work my way down, trying to see who I could sweet talk into doing a last minute interview.

The Producer smiled, repeated the phrase "Sweet talk" and nodded.

The interview was supposed to be 15 minutes, I found out, when we'd hit 25. I shook their hands and headed out. They said that it'd probably be two weeks or so before they had an final decision.

They're looking at syndicating the show on NPR, which would be a HUGE feather in my "Producer Cap" if I got the job. :)

Anyway, I'll keep you updated.

me
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