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Always ask "Why is this job available?"

Always ask why the job is available, and if it’s because someone left recently, politely inquire about the history of the position. One of our grads left a terrific job at another state’s attorney general’s office for a small firm doing what was for him the right mix of civil rights and employment law. What he didn’t know – and didn’t find out for a few weeks – was that there had been 11 associates in his position in the previous five years. He’d ended up working for a seriously loony lawyer with major professionalism (read “being investigated for corruption?) issues.