Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Interview in review

This morning I had my 2nd interview with the insurance defense firm.  Overall, the interview went extremely well.  But, experience is still an issue.  Here's a quote from the main partner that sums things up quite well:
You have a great presence, you're eminently likable, I have no doubt that you're going to make a great attorney and, if we were looking for a brand new associate, we would have snatched you up immediately.  But, 
What?!?!  How can there possibly be a "but" at the end of that sentence?  Did you listen to yourself?  You just used the phrase "eminently likable!"
we're looking to fill an associate spot with a pretty high degree of responsibility that you just don't have the experience for.
On the bright side, they all loved me.  Also, the decision rests in the hands of one attorney from the first interview.  I guess I'd mostly be working for him, and he obviously liked me enough to invite me back for a 2nd interview.

On the not so bright side, I legitimately don't have the experience they're looking for.  Experience in depositions, arbitration and discovery?  Nope.  Can't fake that.

So, things could go either way.  I'm going to send them all emails thanking them for the interview, and send a particularly ass-kissing email to the partner I'd be working for.  As usual, fingers crossed...


  1. It makes you wonder how law firms learn to hire people? They're looking for someone able to handle more responsibility/experience but they bring you in 2x and like you but don't think you have the experience. What?

    Let's hope the decision maker from the first interview understands that your "fit" for the firm - everyone seems to think you're a nice guy - is probably more important than any "experience" they might want you to have. If this firm has depos and other things on the trot, you'll get plenty of experience pretty fast anyway. And at least you won't turn out to be an experienced jerk.

  2. This is the crap that makes zero sense to me. You can train someone (almost anyone!) to do lawyer work. You can't train someone to be bright, a nice guy, or a team player.