Anonymous User wrote:Does the above advice about multiple bids to one firm but many offices...
Also apply to bidding Orange County & LA ..... or..... San Fran and Silicon Valley.
2 offices very nearby. Is that different than bidding on the San Fran office and the NYC office? Or does it still look bad?
It's not so much that it looks bad, it's that it doesn't help you. Hogan has a NoVA office and a DC office, but they do different things and because only one of you exists, you can only work at one of the offices. Wanting to bid on both I believe stems from the 'gotta catch 'em all' mentality everyone struggles with during OGI. You're just not improving your chances of getting a job by bidding on an SF and an SV office of the same firm. It might feel like hedging, but the firm isn't evaluating you in vacuum and ignoring its other offices (with some possible exceptions - I'd believe that some Skadden offices are totally separate, as indicated above).
This is much like the temptation to walk into the process telling people you'd work in any practice in any region. That might FEEL like a decision that would enhance your odds of getting an offer, but in actuality firms are looking for people who have done some thinking and have a narrow goal that matches the firm. There aren't many places that do tax lobbying, but if you focus on the firms that do you'll be taken seriously while if you wander in because you managed to score a bid and try to feign an interest while preparing for your interview with an IP litigation in Palo Alto 20 minutes later you won't be putting your best foot forward.
I firmly believe you don't have to walk into OGI knowing what you want to do, but the more you can narrow it down and explore specific small differences the better. And even then, I don't think you stand to gain much by letting a firm see your indecisiveness. I only interviewed with Skadden NYC despite looking in DC a lot as well, because I figured there were plenty of firms in both markets to help spread my interest around while I figured out what I wanted.
I may be wrong about this, because I don't have a ton of data and the argument boils down to a lot of intangibles, so take it for what it's worth (an opinion of somebody who has thought about it a lot and wants to help, not gospel).