Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

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Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby hyunseoki » Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:38 am

Can those of you who have been interviewed by NU tell us about it?

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby JOThompson » Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:40 am

Very curious about this too.

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby markwv04 » Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:57 am

Make that three of us.

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby missvik218 » Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:15 am

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=86361

Ask here you'll get a good response.

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby rayiner » Fri Sep 25, 2009 12:07 pm

missvik218 wrote:http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=86361

Ask here you'll get a good response.


I tried to answer that question in the thread. OP, if you have anything further, just ask.

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby poprox » Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:14 pm

With an lsat above their 75th, but GPA below 25th, did they offer you an scholarship money? I'm in a similar situation, but slightly above the 25th on the GPA, wondering if there's any chance at all of $ or $$...

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby rayiner » Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:31 pm

poprox wrote:With an lsat above their 75th, but GPA below 25th, did they offer you an scholarship money? I'm in a similar situation, but slightly above the 25th on the GPA, wondering if there's any chance at all of $ or $$...


No $$$ for me, but they might throw some your way if you've got the numbers to get into higher-ranked schools. I can see a 3.4/173 leveraging a Michigan admit to get a bit of money.

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby jackassjim » Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:10 pm

My interview was very informal (despite the fact that I was wearing a suit). Talked for about a 20 minutes about my CV and experiences, and 15 minutes about Chicago and about how life there is great and wonderful. It really seemed to me like the lady with whom I interviewed was really there to give me a chance, to try to connect with me. No trick question, no "what's your weakness?"-type thing. They only asked me stuff like what I hope to get from a legal education, and where I hope this would all lead me. For what it's worth, I got out of there feeling very positive about the school and about myself.

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby CCA » Sat Sep 26, 2009 6:45 pm

I did the on campus interview last cycle.

Remember to bring your resume since they will base the interview off of that. They might ask questions about academics, work experience (either summer or postgraduate), leadership skills, management style, personal strengths, possible difficulties for you in law school, and your specific interest in Northwestern. There is always time to ask questions, so you should be prepared for that.

It is fairly conversational, but some of the questions could be difficult if you don't have management/leadership experience. I would not bother doing the interview if you are applying straight from UG, as you probably won't get in anyway.

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby NayBoer » Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:38 pm

So is a suit definitely standard? In a job interview context I'd just assume a suit is appropriate, but I don't want to overshoot since schools might be less formal. I'm interviewing in Chicago, not with an alum.

It feels weird setting it up via online scheduler and not talking or e-mailing with a real person. I'm used to having a human being to contact and confirm the appointment. I suppose anything but an automated system would be too unwieldy for so many applicants.

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby Tangerine Gleam » Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:38 pm

I was wondering this, too. Is a suit really called for?

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby rayiner » Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:39 pm

Tangerine Gleam wrote:I was wondering this, too. Is a suit really called for?


I wore a suit, but the guy after me in the waiting room wore a nice sweater and slacks.

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby Rocketman11 » Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:44 pm

Tangerine Gleam wrote:I was wondering this, too. Is a suit really called for?


Can't go wrong with a suit for an interview.

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby missvik218 » Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:58 pm

Rocketman11 wrote:
Tangerine Gleam wrote:I was wondering this, too. Is a suit really called for?


Can't go wrong with a suit for an interview.

What if you're meeting an alumni in your area, if you're not interviewing on campus?

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby rondemarino » Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:03 pm

rayiner wrote:
poprox wrote:With an lsat above their 75th, but GPA below 25th, did they offer you an scholarship money? I'm in a similar situation, but slightly above the 25th on the GPA, wondering if there's any chance at all of $ or $$...


No $$$ for me, but they might throw some your way if you've got the numbers to get into higher-ranked schools. I can see a 3.4/173 leveraging a Michigan admit to get a bit of money.


Northwestern doesn't seem to be loose with the money unless you're above both medians, in which case they seem to throw a lot of money at you. This was my impression from LSN. Obviously, correct me if I'm wrong.

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby Rocketman11 » Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:03 pm

missvik218 wrote:
Rocketman11 wrote:
Tangerine Gleam wrote:I was wondering this, too. Is a suit really called for?


Can't go wrong with a suit for an interview.

What if you're meeting an alumni in your area, if you're not interviewing on campus?


That doesnt sound like an interview to me?

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby missvik218 » Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:06 pm

Rocketman11 wrote:
missvik218 wrote:
Rocketman11 wrote:
Tangerine Gleam wrote:I was wondering this, too. Is a suit really called for?


Can't go wrong with a suit for an interview.

What if you're meeting an alumni in your area, if you're not interviewing on campus?


That doesnt sound like an interview to me?

If Northwestern calls it an interview, I call it an interview too.

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby Consigliere » Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:15 pm

do people generally schedule interviews after their application has gone complete, or does this matter at all?

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby Rocketman11 » Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:17 pm

missvik218 wrote:If Northwestern calls it an interview, I call it an interview too.


Ok so it's an interview. Can't go wrong with a suit.

You're a girl tho you can wear other things.

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby missvik218 » Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:26 pm

Rocketman11 wrote:
missvik218 wrote:If Northwestern calls it an interview, I call it an interview too.


Ok so it's an interview. Can't go wrong with a suit.

You're a girl tho you can wear other things.

Yeah, I'll probably wear a business casual dress-type thing with heels unless instructed otherwise by my interviewer.

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby NayBoer » Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:51 pm

Consigliere wrote:do people generally schedule interviews after their application has gone complete, or does this matter at all?
I scheduled my interview over a week ago and on-campus interviews started today. The application will not be available on LSAC until the end of next week.

So, no. In fact, one of the questions in the scheduling process is whether your app is submitted.

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby jd-mba » Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:58 pm

I'm a girl and I still plan to wear a suit (or at least something with a jacket). After having been around executives and such, I just think it's more appropriate for anyone to go into an interview with a suit than not.

But I can see the rationale if you're meeting your interviewer in a Starbucks to dress a tiny bit more casual (e.g. no jacket).

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby jackassjim » Thu Oct 01, 2009 8:01 pm

I did not feel over-dressed when I showed up at my on-campus Northwestern interview with a suit. Everyone knew I was there for the interview (staff, students hanging out, etc.), and that was alright.

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

Postby clint4law » Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:28 am

Any fellow TLSers that recently interviewed with NU care to share their experiences? What did you do to prepare? How long did it last? Any information is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Northwestern Interview Process: What's it Like?

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