beardown67 wrote:Interview with a COA judge coming up (first choice for summer employment) - been told by email that the interview will be 30 min to an hr with him and then lunch with him and his clerks. This sounds like it'll be more substantial than what other people have talked about here, anyone have any thoughts on how to interact with the clerks/what to expect?
Congrats! Most clerks are recent graduates (the judge may have a career clerk who's older), and they'll likely be the ones you'll be primarily working with, even if you have a judge who likes to mentor his externs. The fact that you have this interview is indication they find you capable. The lunch sounds like an opportunity to see if you'll fit with the social vibe of chambers.
My interview was very short, and I actually got and accepted the offer halfway through. Since judge interviews vary wildly, I'd just say go in with confidence that you're a smart person who can work hard (it's not about knowing all the answers but being able to find the answers), and bring lots of questions in case he expects you to carry the conversation.
For the lunch, just go in looking forward to meeting your new coworkers. They want to like you, and you want to like them. Act like you would with new work friends.