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If you don’t get a good feeling about the people you are interviewing with, it won’t get better when you are working there. Ask the questions you need to know the answers to.

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Or even worse… work until lunch your first day and the log off and ghost. It’s been 6 weeks and I still wonder what happened and if she is alive.

For all that is good and holy, don’t ghost the office who sets you up for an interview. If you don’t feel like it’s a place you’d want to work at when you get the initial call, don’t just agree to an interview and then not show up. Or worse, ask to reschedule because something came up and then don’t show up. I can’t begin to tell you how bad (and waste of resources) doing this is.

And from an HR perspective, especially those on list-serves and legal associations, we talk. And pass the ghosting culprits around as an FYI.

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Don’t just show up for the interview cold. Do your due diligence. Go over the firm’s website, look at LinkedIn profiles, search on Glassdoor, do a Google search, research the firm’s or practice group’s cases or transactions. Doing all of these things will lead to questions you can ask at interviews and will likely make you a far better candidate than others.

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I always like to talk to other associates at the firm during the interview process. I’ve taken a job at a couple firms where that wasn’t possible/encouraged, and the firms were not great places to work.

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In-house specifically: Sometimes seeking/getting the top of the range or beyond is a bad thing. May put a bad taste in their mouth and lead to retraction of an offer. Or it may lead to unrealistic expectations (if they’re paying what they think is superstar money, they may expect immediate superstar performance). If the base isn’t in the realm of possibility, you walk, but if it is in your range maybe push on other items like sign on bonus, vacation, options, etc.

Try not to be the first to give a salary number if you don’t already know their range. If they ask you, flip it around and ask their range, or say that it depends on the requirements of the position. Giving your own number cold puts you at risk to be low-balled, or ruled out.

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