Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:In general, it simply sucks to have an associate interview.
I don't think so. I find it much easier to relate to someone my age than someone my father's age. With the former, I can be lighthearted and "fun", whereas I feel the need to be extra formal and stuffy with the others. It isn't that I can't fake being formal and stuffy, its just that its not who I am, and it likely came through to the older dudes.
I guess it depends on the associate, but with most of the ones I've met, I find it difficult to determine just how casual to be (of course you need to make the same determination with partners, but I find it easier). Sometimes they'll talk about stuff that's clearly "unprofessional", like going out and getting trashed, and it seems almost like a lose-lose situation: if you go on to tell your own story, or act like you do the same thing, then you're unprofessional, but if you act in a way that seems disapproving to them, then you're unfriendly and hard to get along with.
I also think associates have worse interviewing skills. I think they care less and aren't as good at asking follow-up questions or helping you along, and when you ask them questions, their answers aren't as good as partners' answers.
The person who pointed out the difference between what associates are looking for and what partners are looking for is definitely right. I think that plays a huge role in how they interact with you.