Goodness! Cobwebs are starting to form around the blog...sorry about that! I know how aggravating it can be when you visit a blog your read regularly and nothing new is posted. It happens to me sometimes as a faithful blog reader. And, let's be honest, I can't afford to lose the half dozen people who are readers here or I'd just be talking to myself!
This week has been a lesson in stamina. I'm still in that week-long, one-credit hour mini-course that I need to pass to be able to graduate. My interview with my pretend client on Monday went fairly well, I thought. And, my counseling session with that same pretend client went well yesterday too--although, I cannot vouch for the accuracy of ANY of the legal advice I provided for that pretend client. I'm hoping a good faith effort will be enough! I have a paper to do today and then a negotiation session to live through tomorrow and that will conclude my course. Unless, however, I have to repeat any of the assignments. I will NOT be happy if that is the case.
I had an interview Tuesday for a job I really, really, really, REALLY want. After all the disappointing outcomes of interviews I perceived to be great ones, I have absolutely no confidence in saying how I felt about this one. Good, certainly, but good enough? Who knows. I do know that I was one of only 3 or 4 people they culled from a batch of 30-40 resumes and that a second batch of similar size only netted them a couple candidates they wanted to interview. I know that the recommendation of a man I know who works at the firm helped me land the interview (since I'm graduating and not traditional 'summer associate' material). I also know that the recommendation of my acquaintance made me EXTRA pressured to do a good job--I didn't want to ruin his opportunity to be taken seriously by his colleagues if I turned out to be a dud.
There were two interviewers. Very experienced. Very nice. Very talkative. They talked up the firm, the job, the objectives, the payment method they use, the opportunity, the partner track, the 401-K, the benefits, etc., etc. I'm always happy when they talk that much because, in my experience in un-law interviews, interviewers who do that leave an interview with a positive feeling about the experience. The kiss of death in a law firm interview is not having questions. Unfortunately, when you have interviewers who talk about everything you had questions about, you likely won't have questions. I ticked off my list, saying, "Yes. I did have questions, in several areas, however, you have provided such a substantive overview that my questions regarding prep time for the bar, the position itself, and opportunities for advancement have all been answered." Because to me, the REAL kiss of death is asking questions already answered because it would look like you weren't listening.
I really, really, really want this job and not in the way I've wanted others. This job would be good for me. Challenging without killing me. The firm is full of grown-ups. Who golf. I was asked if I golf and said I do...goodness. I need to dig out the clubs and start swinging the sticks because I haven't been able to in so long. I'm not going to lie. After I learned to actually hit the ball the first time, I'm quite good. If I land the job, I'll take some brush-up lessons (or go to golf camp again!) and try not to be too good...don't want to beat the guys at their own game. Yeah, right.
Okay. I need to shower because I have to go to my CPA to have my taxes done this morning. I think we're actually so unfortunate and poor this year we might earn some of our previous year's tax money back...hot digs!
Did I mention I REALLY want that job??