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Ann Israel is the legal profession’s Dear Abby. A New York legal recruiter since 1979, Ann is a past president of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants. Advice for the Lawlorn is updated every week.


Q: This has happened to me a couple of times. I have gone in for an interview at a small or medium-size law firm: The attorney interviewing me speaks exclusively of himself for the entire time. I have enough common sense to listen intently and look impressed when he reveals his secret to conducting the perfect deposition, but I fear the only way to sell myself is by interrupting him.

The other concern I have is: Do I really want to join a firm where it seems people are hired solely on their ability to praise the boss?

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