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Should I cancel the interview?

Currently, I'm a first year associate making $50k. I'm not a tex677605/07/18
I'm confused. You aren't actively looking for a new job but pauperesq05/07/18
Two interviews in February. Then, one interview maybe three tex677605/07/18
Were we all this clueless and neurotic once? Tex, just ma passportfan305/07/18
You're going to give up an extra $2,000-$3,000 a month pay b fettywap05/07/18
"OMG I might go up to a new tax bracket!" supercalifragilisti05/07/18
You got an interview for your dream job, that comes with a m thirdtierlaw05/07/18
can OP please explain how a DA's office has a civil division williamdrayton05/07/18
Really? The DA's office handles civil rights lawsuits agains fettywap05/07/18
Not where I'm from they don't. Criminal prosecution only. pauperesq05/08/18
Seems to vary from State to state, my state's DAs only handl thirdtierlaw05/08/18
How is this a question? Schedule your interview as early or isthisit05/08/18
Get sick, your Mom broke down on the highway, you need to me whipster05/08/18
Did you stop talking to girls at bars when you were younger notiers05/09/18
Make up an excuse and go. What do you have to lose? You can mcacollector05/09/18
You're worried about leaving a couple hours early for a poss dandydan05/09/18
tex6776 (May 7, 2018 - 1:27 pm)

Currently, I'm a first year associate making $50k. I'm not actively looking for a new job, but I randomly got a phone call from the DA's office - civil division. The salary range is 78-83k. Without thinking it through, I agreed to an interview. It would require me to leave work two hours early, but I'm planning to tell my boss that I'll make up for it by coming in two hours earlier in the morning and skipping lunch. That's if I decide to go.

Is this worth it? In the past three months, I've had three interviews and absolutely no luck. I feel like employers blindly schedule interviews. Do they just schedule all of the applicants for interviews? What a waste of time. That is why I stopped looking. But this is the DA's office. It is my dream job. I am just tired of getting my hopes up and wasting so much time. I've only worked at my current job for 7-8 months. I never took a day off but I left a few hours early one time for an interview. It ended up being a complete waste of time. I felt horrible because I absolutely hate missing work.

How do people manage to schedule job interviews when they're working 9 to 5? My boss is flexible but I feel uncomfortable about leaving early. I don't want to get fired in the process of looking for a job.

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pauperesq (May 7, 2018 - 1:47 pm)

I'm confused. You aren't actively looking for a new job but you've gone on three interviews?

If working in the DA's office is your dream job then you'd be foolish to pass on the opportunity. You can always make up the hours you're missing from work.

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tex6776 (May 7, 2018 - 1:59 pm)

Two interviews in February. Then, one interview maybe three weeks ago. After that interview, I told myself I'd quit searching. But then I got this phone call.

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passportfan3 (May 7, 2018 - 1:48 pm)

Were we all this clueless and neurotic once?

Tex, just make an excuse, do the interview, and see what happens.

You are acting like every decision is of earth-shattering consequence. 99% of what you do in life will have no import. Just do the damn interview and try to hide how squirelly you are.

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fettywap (May 7, 2018 - 2:14 pm)

You're going to give up an extra $2,000-$3,000 a month pay because you might have to take a couple of hours off work? Dude.

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supercalifragilisti (May 7, 2018 - 4:37 pm)

"OMG I might go up to a new tax bracket!"

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thirdtierlaw (May 7, 2018 - 4:55 pm)

You got an interview for your dream job, that comes with a minimum of a 46% increase in salary, and you don't want to take time off of work? This is a no-brainer. If you're ever offered an interview for a job you'd leave your current job for, you go to that interview. Worst case you burn through a bit of vacation time, best case, you get exactly what you want.

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williamdrayton (May 7, 2018 - 5:36 pm)

can OP please explain how a DA's office has a civil division?
unless he actually means a state AG or US Attorney?

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fettywap (May 7, 2018 - 6:22 pm)

Really? The DA's office handles civil rights lawsuits against the county.

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pauperesq (May 8, 2018 - 8:30 am)

Not where I'm from they don't. Criminal prosecution only. The county solicitor office handles civil matters.

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thirdtierlaw (May 8, 2018 - 8:44 am)

Seems to vary from State to state, my state's DAs only handle criminal matters. The AG's office handles most civil. Then each county/town hires their own counsel, which really means one firm handles multiple towns or counties.

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isthisit (May 8, 2018 - 7:40 am)

How is this a question? Schedule your interview as early or late as possible in your work day and then take the time off. Tell boss you have some personal stuff to take care of. That's end of story.

Worst case scenario, the DA rejects you. Best case, you get your dream job.

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whipster (May 8, 2018 - 7:56 am)

Get sick, your Mom broke down on the highway, you need to meet with your landlord, you have a dental check up...jeeze be a little creative.

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notiers (May 9, 2018 - 12:26 am)

Did you stop talking to girls at bars when you were younger because 2 or 3 weren’t interested after buying them one drink? Doubt it.

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mcacollector (May 9, 2018 - 3:57 pm)

Make up an excuse and go. What do you have to lose? You can only gain by going and kicking butt at your interview. Unless your boss is Satan (he might be) he would be ok with you leaving early to go to a “doctor” - it is allergy season after all. Everyone has lives, even bosses do - don’t be afraid to leave early for another commitment if it isn’t habitual.

However, if you don’t normally “suit up” for work, I would leave early enough to go home and change beforehand. It looks fishy if you’re getting dressed up and leaving for a “doctor’s appointment.” Lol

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dandydan (May 9, 2018 - 4:53 pm)

You're worried about leaving a couple hours early for a possible dream job with a 30k raise? If you're asking the question, don't leave. Stay where you are. Better yet, you should join the doc review circuit and take an even bigger pay cut. You'll enjoy being around people who like to self-sabotage and tell you that doc review is the ultimate lawyer job.

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