OK, so I have only one insight.

I’m not alone in my qwest. I recently visited Amy Cheng of Cheng Cohen in Chicago and we commiserated about the hiring process since she also is looking for someone to join her team. Amy and her partner Ric Cohen were overlooked as the subject of a recent article on their law firm in favor of their dog, Scout, and Amy said they’re now known as the dog law firm. No one fails to mention how much they like dogs when they interview.

I always hesitate to ask candidates to take a writing and editing test, but Amy said they require a writing test as well. Lawyers need to think logically and be able to anticipate the ramifications of each and every decision they make, plus be able to put those thoughts into clear writing. (I could have been a lawyer! Now I find out.)

Amy’s test is to write a legal document for a client based on a set of prepared facts for ... a doggy day-care franchise. Probably based on the one Scout attends.

Amy thought she was going to find out something about the prospects’ skill, but instead discovered their dark side. The candidate who wanted franchisees to muzzle the dogs before allowing them into the group play area didn’t get the job. “Muzzles at a day care?” she asked, incredulously. Had it been my non-resume-sending candidate, I would have sicced Scout on him. Poetic justice.