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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:26 pm

I had an interviewer during OCI who kept the TV on the entire time. No joke.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby spanktheduck » Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:47 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I had an interviewer during OCI who kept the TV on the entire time. No joke.


This and the feet on the desk story are examples of rude interviewers (although, perhaps they just wanted to see how you would react), not the other ones.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:37 pm

Had an interviewer fart several times. I had to sit in a small room while she kept farting just to get rejected.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:40 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Had an interviewer fart several times. I had to sit in a small room while she kept farting just to get rejected.


LOL!

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:44 pm

spanktheduck wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I had an interviewer during OCI who kept the TV on the entire time. No joke.


This and the feet on the desk story are examples of rude interviewers (although, perhaps they just wanted to see how you would react), not the other ones.


Nah, the interviewer was a real jerk generally. Asked me some personal questions would prefer not to get into, too. I reported it to OCS afterward (I would generally never do this as I am normally pretty laidback, but it was a terribly rude interview).

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Pablo Ramirez » Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:46 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
spanktheduck wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I had an interviewer during OCI who kept the TV on the entire time. No joke.


This and the feet on the desk story are examples of rude interviewers (although, perhaps they just wanted to see how you would react), not the other ones.


Nah, the interviewer was a real jerk generally. Asked me some personal questions would prefer not to get into, too. I reported it to OCS afterward (I would generally never do this as I am normally pretty laidback, but it was a terribly rude interview).


FYI: "How big is your dong?" is a perfectly legitimate interview question.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:48 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
spanktheduck wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I had an interviewer during OCI who kept the TV on the entire time. No joke.


This and the feet on the desk story are examples of rude interviewers (although, perhaps they just wanted to see how you would react), not the other ones.


Nah, the interviewer was a real jerk generally. Asked me some personal questions would prefer not to get into, too. I reported it to OCS afterward (I would generally never do this as I am normally pretty laidback, but it was a terribly rude interview).


FYI: "How big is your dong?" is a perfectly legitimate interview question.


Haha, not like that. Other stuff.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby thickfreakness » Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:42 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Nah, the interviewer was a real jerk generally. Asked me some personal questions would prefer not to get into, too. I reported it to OCS afterward (I would generally never do this as I am normally pretty laidback, but it was a terribly rude interview).


FYI: "How big is your dong?" is a perfectly legitimate interview question.


FYI: "Ask your wife/mom." is a perfectly legitimate answer.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:56 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I had an interviewer go to the bathroom (this was in a hotel) and take a HUGE dump during the interview. No joke. Couldn't wait to get of there.

I can one-up this. I had an interviewer take my resume to the restroom and peruse it whilst shitting. Not joking.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Tsispilos » Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:59 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I had an interviewer go to the bathroom (this was in a hotel) and take a HUGE dump during the interview. No joke. Couldn't wait to get of there.

I can one-up this. I had an interviewer take my resume to the restroom and peruse it whilst shitting. Not joking.

hey, at least he didn't shit right there on the floor in front of you, use your resume as toilet paper, and then hand it back to you saying "this is an accurate assessment of your worth as a human being." it could always be worse.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:46 pm

An interviewer asked me to describe a project I did during the summer. When I described it, he said "oh, well that sounded easy." Also, his very first question during the interview was "what other firms are you interviewing with today and when?" Then he hammered me with questions for 20 minutes. Needless to say, I got the ding today via snail mail.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby OperaSoprano » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:36 am

I got told specifically where I should be interviewing instead of at a law firm, with the implication I was not qualified for a firm job, and have been asked repeatedly what I am doing at my law school, in basically that exact language. This is despite the fact that my grades and school are in line for the firms I chose. I would be thrilled to get constructive criticism, if it was specific and referenced things I could do. Blanket hostility is just not very useful. I do think these are stress tests, though, and I respond with a pleasant smile.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:26 am

OperaSoprano wrote:I got told specifically where I should be interviewing instead of at a law firm, with the implication I was not qualified for a firm job, and have been asked repeatedly what I am doing at my law school, in basically that exact language. This is despite the fact that my grades and school are in line for the firms I chose. I would be thrilled to get constructive criticism, if it was specific and referenced things I could do. Blanket hostility is just not very useful. I do think these are stress tests, though, and I respond with a pleasant smile.


Though I'm sure there are interviewers who are hostile, I think it is really important to expect to be challenged on why you are at law school if you have a quirky resume. It isn't just a stress test for them to grill you on it. The cost of hiring a summer associate runs big law firms something like $100-200k by the time you take in recruiting, salary, overhead, costs of the summer program (including events and all of the billables that are directed to the program). It is well known that a lot of people take SA jobs for the money, with no intention of ever returning to BigLaw. In boom economies, firms didn't worry about that much. The money wasn't a huge factor and the good will generated by these people passing on to the next class how great the firm was made up for the loss. ITE, summer programs have been slashed, money is a factor and firms are hiring with the goal of higher yields from SAs to actual associates.

If you've got a quirky resume (and I have one), you have to tailor everything about the way you present yourself to address the why law school/why big law and know some firms won't get past it. Generally, though, you can set up the argument in the way you describe jobs on your resume and be very proactive in addressing the issue in the interview. I hardly ever waited for the issue to be brought up. I would work the answer to "why are you doing this" into very early questions, not always directly, but in ways that showed that I was aware of the issue and had a good answer to it.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:41 pm

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OperaSoprano wrote:I got told specifically where I should be interviewing instead of at a law firm, with the implication I was not qualified for a firm job, and have been asked repeatedly what I am doing at my law school, in basically that exact language. This is despite the fact that my grades and school are in line for the firms I chose. I would be thrilled to get constructive criticism, if it was specific and referenced things I could do. Blanket hostility is just not very useful. I do think these are stress tests, though, and I respond with a pleasant smile.


Though I'm sure there are interviewers who are hostile, I think it is really important to expect to be challenged on why you are at law school if you have a quirky resume. It isn't just a stress test for them to grill you on it. The cost of hiring a summer associate runs big law firms something like $100-200k by the time you take in recruiting, salary, overhead, costs of the summer program (including events and all of the billables that are directed to the program). It is well known that a lot of people take SA jobs for the money, with no intention of ever returning to BigLaw. In boom economies, firms didn't worry about that much. The money wasn't a huge factor and the good will generated by these people passing on to the next class how great the firm was made up for the loss. ITE, summer programs have been slashed, money is a factor and firms are hiring with the goal of higher yields from SAs to actual associates.

If you've got a quirky resume (and I have one), you have to tailor everything about the way you present yourself to address the why law school/why big law and know some firms won't get past it. Generally, though, you can set up the argument in the way you describe jobs on your resume and be very proactive in addressing the issue in the interview. I hardly ever waited for the issue to be brought up. I would work the answer to "why are you doing this" into very early questions, not always directly, but in ways that showed that I was aware of the issue and had a good answer to it.


This advice is superb. There are indications in my resume that I might be very interested in academia -- I come right out and talk about why I want to work at firms... Also, my resume has shown nothing to support an interest in the law practiced by a small boutique firm -- I've still been able to be successful by being very active in my answer to "Why us?" in showing how my background can contribute to the work + why I'm interested but haven't had a chance to express that interest before.

If you know there are certain questions that you're going to get, you should plan for them and be proactive in answering them... Be reasonable about it in the sense that you should wait for them to ask, but don't hold back once it's asked, and it will be asked in almost every interview. Don't be defensive -- be positive, but be focused as to your reasons for wanting this kind of work. In a sense you have it easier since you're going to be able to spend a lot of your conversation on this ground where you should be comfortable, practiced, and prepared, and it will shape the course of the rest of your interview.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby bigben » Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:10 pm

Anonymous User wrote:One interviewer ridiculed one of the interests listed on my resume and then accused me of making it up to sound intellectual. Lovely way to start an interview.


That sounds more like joking around of the "I'm giving you a hard time" variety.

One interviewer said about one of my interests/hobbies, "What's so difficult/impressive about [that activity]?"

I went on to describe it. Gave me a chance to show knowledge and passion about something.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Objection » Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:33 pm

Some of you guys really need to develop thicker skin.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:03 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Some of you guys really need to develop thicker skin.



TV on during the interview, too?

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:11 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Some of you guys really need to develop thicker skin.



TV on during the interview, too?


Yep.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:12 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Some of you guys really need to develop thicker skin.



TV on during the interview, too?


Yep.



IDK. That is rude, in my book.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:16 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Some of you guys really need to develop thicker skin.



TV on during the interview, too?


Yep.



IDK. That is rude, in my book.


Lesson: You're going to come across a lot of rude people as a lawyer. Are you going to cry about it on the inside and let it affect you, or are you going to suck it up and still kickass?

If you can't at least pretend the latter, you're not getting the callback.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:17 pm

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Lesson: You're going to come across a lot of rude people as a lawyer. Are you going to cry about it on the inside and let it affect you, or are you going to suck it up and still kickass?

If you can't at least pretend the latter, you're not getting the callback.


Of course I sucked it up, bro. Doesn't detract from the rudeness.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:18 pm

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Lesson: You're going to come across a lot of rude people as a lawyer. Are you going to cry about it on the inside and let it affect you, or are you going to suck it up and still kickass?

If you can't at least pretend the latter, you're not getting the callback.


Of course I sucked it up, bro. Doesn't detract from the rudeness.


Did he watch TV instead of talking to you? Was the sound on? Maybe he was just testing your ability to focus.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby NYAssociate » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:19 pm

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:19 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Lesson: You're going to come across a lot of rude people as a lawyer. Are you going to cry about it on the inside and let it affect you, or are you going to suck it up and still kickass?

If you can't at least pretend the latter, you're not getting the callback.


Of course I sucked it up, bro. Doesn't detract from the rudeness.


Did he watch TV instead of talking to you? Was the sound on? Maybe he was just testing your ability to focus.



He did both.

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Re: impolite interviewer

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:19 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Lesson: You're going to come across a lot of rude people as a lawyer. Are you going to cry about it on the inside and let it affect you, or are you going to suck it up and still kickass?

If you can't at least pretend the latter, you're not getting the callback.


Of course I sucked it up, bro. Doesn't detract from the rudeness.


Did he watch TV instead of talking to you? Was the sound on? Maybe he was just testing your ability to focus.



He did both.



He was probably watching Judge Judy. Biglaw fucktards just love that show.




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