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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Would-Be Senators Describe Job Interview With the Governor

Published: January 17, 2009

For days beforehand, they fretted — as they had not, some said, since graduating from law school. (What will he ask? How hard should I pitch myself? What if I talk too much?)
On the big day, there were jitters. One applicant brought crib notes into the room. Another looked at her watch. A third caught himself slipping and calling the interviewer by his first name.
In the chair opposite each, Gov. David A. Paterson sat, listening closely, smiling, nodding and occasionally cracking a joke. He asked gentle, broad questions like “What would you do for the State of New York?” while keeping his impressions — and his intentions — utterly obscure. Read on..