The most important thing was hiring someone who was likeable and who had a personality I wanted to be around. I also wanted merit. I looked for students that were at the top of their class, who had evidence of superb ability, and had exemplary writing abilities…generally those who were published.
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
(This quote recently was published on the Ms. JD website, and I think it is worth repeating here. Keep all these things in mind as you look for a job in a difficult market.)