So I just got back from an interview in which I had dinner with two senior faculty. Both of them ordered scotch before dinner, during dinner, and after dinner. To try to keep up appearances, I ordered a Bud Light before dinner and had one after with them. I'm not much of a drinker so they hit me harder than usual, and maybe the interview stress contributed to my getting more buzzed from the beers. Still, I didn't say anything stupid— I really just let them talk. Looking back on it, perhaps I should have tried the scotch with them. Thoughts?
Date: 12 Mar 2010 13:21
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Sheesh! Were you interviewing with Sterling Cooper?
The regrets you may have after not drinking can't possibly be worse than the regrets you might have with a few scotches. You don't want to think later, "I might have gotten the job if only I hadn't thrown a few back and then said something stupid or offensive."
You did the right thing, definitely.
c'mon now, every self-respecting man or woman breaking into academe needs to know scotch, bourbon, irish whiskey, vodka, and wine. Bonus points for cigar knowledge. j/k
You're alright— be yourself!