Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Phone Interview

Just had a phone interview for some random job.  Here are some of the questions they asked (Q), my answers (A1), and what I wanted to say (A2):

Q: Good morning.
A1: Good morning.
A2: Hire me, pleeease!

Q: What's the hardest part of you job?
A1: Interacting with court officials.  They are such an over-worked group of people that it can be difficult getting them to give my material sufficient attention.  I try to make sure our clients' best interests are served and doing so is a daily challenge.
A2: Not drinking myself to sleep every night.  Does that still count?  I know it's not during working hours, but it's still job related.

Q: Do you have any interaction with other people at your current job?
A1: Yes.  I interact daily with our clients, via telephone and email, in order to keep up to date on the status of various cases.  As I mentioned earlier, I also interact with court officials.
A2: Did you not listen to my previous answer?  You're seriously just reading questions from a sheet aren't you?

Q: Why do you want to work for X?
A1: Because your company seems to be an excellent place to start a career.  This department in particular has piqued my interest for a variety of reasons...
A2: Because it's not here.

Q: Why are you interested in a support position?
A1: My current position is a support position and it is something at which I excel.  I would like to apply those skills to a position with your organization.
A2: I'm very supportive.  Like a an I-beam or your mom.  Was that a serious question?

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A1: I enjoy knowing that I'm providing a valuable service to our clients.  Though it can be tedious, I take comfort in the fact that my role is important and our clients could not function without me.
A2: My co-workers drink.

Q: What is the worst part of your job and how do you deal with it?
A1: As I mentioned, parts can be tedious.  I just take a moment to reflect on the importance of the service I'm providing and the valuable role I play in our firm and for our clients.
A2: The soul-crushing monotony.  I work out until I feel like I'm going to die - it helps me forget about my day.  Oh, and I drink.

Q: What are your salary requirements?
A1: X dollars/year
A2: A salary.

Q: Do you have any questions?
A1: (fill in a few meaningful and highly relevant questions)
A2: Not really.  I already know you'll pay me more than this job and I'll get benefits.  I'm pretty much sold.


  1. Hey! You're stealing my bit! :D (j/k) Funny post!

    (If you don't get it, I did a mock Q/A like this around Thanksgiving.)

  2. Now that you mention it, I do vaguely remember the post you're talking about. I'm not sure it's original enough to call it "your bit" though :)

  3. It will be great for you to finally get work as an actual lawyer. While it is good to have any job in this economy, the lawyers where you work must be extremely disrespectful to hire a JD to do a job more suited for a GED -- surely they know how degraded you must feel working for them when they won't let you do any substantive legal work.

    Looks like your patience and perseverance may pay off after all this time. You will no longer have to wonder if you were just one of the suckers let into law school to pay for the scholarship students at the top of the class. Good luck landing this lawyer gig!

  4. Oh, this is actually a non-legal job where I would basically be a glorified administrative assistant. I'm also pretty sure I left law school off my resume when I applied. Maybe I should have mentioned that in the post...

  5. They didn't wonder what you were doing the past three years?