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15 minute interview...bad?

I interviewed this morning with a lawyer for a Paralegal pos dalocummelioribus10/23/18
How was your body language? If it was bad, he may have notic wallypancake10/23/18
I'm always very confident and "positive" in body language. A dalocummelioribus10/23/18
"He said "I only started interviewing yesterday, but I will wutwutwut10/23/18
This could definitely be true. The good news is, if you are nycatt10/23/18
Wow, that's pretty intense. I've never been interviewed like dalocummelioribus10/23/18
I wouldn't automatically assume a short interview is bad, es flharfh10/23/18
Yes, I think he looked very busy and in a rush (and he also dalocummelioribus10/23/18
15 minutes isn’t necessarily a bad sign. I’m a busy solo newsolo10/23/18
I’ve interviewed support staff and junior attorneys and kn notiers10/24/18
Well, haven't heard back from him...so, no job. dalocummelioribus10/29/18
Could be he's a bit late. But if not, see my comment above wutwutwut10/29/18
None of my interviews lasted longer than 15 minutes. Then a patenttrollnj10/30/18
dalocummelioribus (Oct 23, 2018 - 11:17 am)

I interviewed this morning with a lawyer for a Paralegal position - he was very nice to me, but I felt maybe the interview was too short? He said "I only started interviewing yesterday, but I will have a decision by the end of this week". He asked me if I had questions for him and that I can always e-mail/call him too if more questions came up. He did seem to be accepting of my salary requirement by saying "ok that's pretty much what we're looking to pay". So my personal feeling is that there seemed to be a good vibe, but then again they also say short interviews are bad. Any experiences with short interviews? Oh he did mention that he saw I have a lot of experience on my resume.

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wallypancake (Oct 23, 2018 - 12:39 pm)

How was your body language? If it was bad, he may have noticed that from the beginning and then cut it short.

Did you give one-word answers? During interviews, the rule is to not make the interviewer work hard. S/he asks a short question and the interviewee responds. Good to elaborate (do not give long-winded answers and be to the point). If you give short, terse answers then the interview will be short and you will not get the job.

Best of luck

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dalocummelioribus (Oct 23, 2018 - 12:46 pm)

I'm always very confident and "positive" in body language. As for answers..the thing is he really did not ask me a lot of questions. He spent more time telling me about the job and the hours. He only asked me 2 or 3 questions about my resume since I think he was pretty straightforward like me. He just went quickly through my resume in a positive tone and then told me at the end that he would let me know by the end of this week since they want the person to start Nov. 1st. My impression is "positive", but it's hard to tell in these things.

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wutwutwut (Oct 23, 2018 - 2:27 pm)

"He said "I only started interviewing yesterday, but I will have a decision by the end of this week". "


My between-lines read on this behavior, including the 15 minute interview, is: "This is a fairly high turnover position. I don't want to expend much effort on someone who's just going to walk in 3 months".

Hopefully I am wrong, for your sake, but this guy sounds like someone who sees paralegals as essentially fungible.

But it also sounds like you are fine on paper and he may just have wanted to assess personality. Still, for me that takes a lot more than 15 minutes.

I have had to hire 2 in the last 5 years (one had to move back home due to family issues, the other got an offer from an old partner she worked with previously that she'd have been nuts to turn down; I cheered her on but was sad to lose her). Anyway, I do a 1-hour phone interview then if they come in for interviews, I have at least 2 other attorneys and 2 other paralegals meet with them for 30-40 minutes each.

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nycatt (Oct 23, 2018 - 5:30 pm)

This could definitely be true. The good news is, if you are interviewing, you probably are in the top eight to ten (on average) candidate. However, it is normal to talk about the types of cases you worked on at your last job. Unfortunately, you will just have to wait or see; could be good, could be bad.

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dalocummelioribus (Oct 23, 2018 - 7:31 pm)

Wow, that's pretty intense. I've never been interviewed like that (but granted, I've never interviewed at any major/important firm). You know, now that you mention it...he did ask me if I plan to stay around long-term, to which I said yes.

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flharfh (Oct 23, 2018 - 5:44 pm)

I wouldn't automatically assume a short interview is bad, especially if it's with someone for whom interviewing/hiring is a distraction from a busy schedule.

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dalocummelioribus (Oct 23, 2018 - 7:29 pm)

Yes, I think he looked very busy and in a rush (and he also told me that he's a solo practice so that that is why it's so important for him to have a paralegal doing all the technical paper stuff). He seemed genuinely nice to me, but as nycatt says...I'll just have to wait it out. The good thing is that he was very specific about when he would make a decision, so that doesn't keep me hanging.

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newsolo (Oct 23, 2018 - 9:02 pm)

15 minutes isn’t necessarily a bad sign. I’m a busy solo and I rarely spend more than 15 minutes on an interview. I’ve only hired a few people, but I usually narrow it down to two people and just want to meet them in person to make sure they aren’t a weirdo and that I could stand spending 40 hours per week with them.

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notiers (Oct 24, 2018 - 7:32 am)

I’ve interviewed support staff and junior attorneys and knew within 15 minutes that I’d want to extend an offer. Sometimes it just doesn’t take that long. I also study a resume and look into a candidate (linked in and social media) before they arrive. If the person in front of me closely matches what I’ve seen - sometimes there isn’t a lot to do on the interview. In short - it’s not a good or a bad sign and it certainly sounds like you’re in the running.

And if for some reason it doesn’t work out - keep plugging away. You have “a lot” of experience - that’s not s bad thing at all.

Best of luck.

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dalocummelioribus (Oct 29, 2018 - 8:38 pm)

Well, haven't heard back from him...so, no job.

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wutwutwut (Oct 29, 2018 - 9:46 pm)

Could be he's a bit late. But if not, see my comment above - it ain't u, it's just the nature of the position.

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patenttrollnj (Oct 30, 2018 - 12:57 am)

None of my interviews lasted longer than 15 minutes. Then again, I only worked at smallish suburban firms, thus they didn't exactly do much screening.

"You have a car? Good! You passed the bar? Good! Now, get your ass to the basement and (artificially) create some billable events!"

Sadly, I was so dumb back then, I actually thought what I did was respectable. Oh well ....

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