I feel totally blindsided by the interview I just had. I talked informally with Partner 1 before the interview and was told the position would be in one of the firm’s satellite offices. Then, during an interview with Partner 1 and Partner 2, Partner 2 mentioned that I’d have to move to the state where the firm is headquartered because he believes face-time is really important for training/mentoring. I have no plans to move and really hope this wasn’t all a huge waste of time.

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Blessing in disguise. Wouldn’t want to work for a firm that does that to people.

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No malice necessarily, but a complete lack of communication about a very basic part of the job is a red flag imho.

I would not be surprised if there is confusion within the partners. Who is the main partner? Ie who would you specifically be working for most of the time? I would weigh what they say considerably more than the other partners. I know for sure that some partners in my firm would tell new hires that the firm is trying to get more people in the office while others would say no preference.

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That partner’s words were unequivocal. Unless that was the lesser partner — outranked so to speak — this will be tough. Something I’ve done before is tell recruiting “don’t make me an offer, unless X.” Maybe that might work here.

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