Not gonna lie. I'm experiencing some
Truthfully, most of my anxiety concerns whether I want to work there, whether it would be a good fit, etc., and how to find that out. They're definitely interviewing multiple candidates, and I expect that this is probably the first of at least two rounds of interviews.
No idea which attorneys I'll be meeting, though there are only about 20 in the firm. The paralegal doing the scheduling didn't say, and I failed to ask. (Flummoxed by the unexpected call, out of practice, and terrified a baby would start crying while I was talking.) I've read the attorney bios (and will again & again). No one in my local network of former classmates etc. has had much experience with them. My two recommenders had nice things to say about the firm in general (respected, etc.) but didn't have much in the way of insight into the place. Also, both of my recommenders were men in their 70s, so there is that.
My main source of anxiety is what do I ask when they inevitably turn the tables and ask me whether I have any questions. I have ... so many. But its the first round of interviews. Its the initial "get to know you but not really because we're all putting on our best faces" meeting.
I know I will ask which partner(s) I'd be working with. The position is the position is advertised as a mix of two related transaction-heavy practice areas, plus litigation. I'd try to get a break down of what the expected mix between litigation and transactional stuff would be. What's a typical day for an associate? When the hell are you gonna update the firm website because its not 2004 anymore? (Kidding... mostly... says the girl still using blogger).
Taking suggestions for how / when / whether to raise the more difficult questions. What would you ask?