It takes a lot to make Paul Critchlow nervous, but the night before his first day with Pfizer last June he had agonized over what to wear.
As a military veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received during a major battle in Vietnam and former head of a brokerage firm, he didn’t want to appear too formal but shining his shoes and ironing his button-down shirt and slacks helped relax him a bit.
The briefcase Critchlow carried with him into Pfizer’s Manhattan headquarters the next day acted as his security blanket. He lightly swung it back-and-forth by its sweaty handle in an attempt to rid himself of jitters.
‘I was anxious. I was worried that I might come across as an old know-it-all,’ he said.
In Pfizer’s lobby, Critchlow approached the desk for visitors and announced that he was a summer intern, in case anyone assumed otherwise.
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