Phone Interview

Have a phone interview today. If this plays out I’ll be making a move from pharmaceuticals to finance/economics. I’m reading up on some of the statistical software and programming interfaces used in that field. They were looking for someone who knows all this stuff. I knew about half of what they were looking for. But I knew nothing of pharma’s complex software tools upon starting my previous job, and understood their programming interfaces pretty well by the end. What intrigues me about this lead is that I would learn a lot of new and valuable skills, and it would get me doing work pretty similar to what I had previously done, just in a different context.

At least I think. Part of the interview is to understand the job better, and see if there’s a fit.

UPDATE: Phone interview went pretty well. The job is different than I thought but still interesting. It’s a pay cut, but I was taking a risk premium from the previous company, because they needed to keep me through periods of great uncertainty. I kind of knew I’d have a tough time maintaining my salary in the kind of environment I’d like to work.

8 Responses to “Phone Interview”

  1. BrokenTrace says:

    Allow me to wish you luck.

  2. MAgunowner says:

    What software? If you need to learn SAS quickly, I’d recommend Ron Cody’s Programming by Example book.

  3. Sebastian says:

    Thats’ one of the packages I would need to learn quickly :) Thanks for the book recommendation.

  4. Ian Argent says:

    Positive thoughts heading your way

  5. mobo says:

    Good luck!

  6. mobo says:

    Oh, and make sure you don’t tell them you’re a gun nut until *after* they hire you! :)

  7. BobG says:

    Best of luck.

  8. llanok says:

    Want to live in Montana? My boss is going to hire another computer geek.