Anonymous User wrote: itbdvorm wrote:Some tips for the OCI/EIP/On-Campus process
- If you didn't get an interview with a firm at a lottery school, drop by the hospitality suite. Much better to do that, and chat with someone for a few minutes, and possibly get an insta-screening interview, then to try to schedule a follow-up screener later. You can potentially stay "on-cycle" doing it this way.
- Important note for firms with multiple offices - especially if you are interviewing for tough markets (SF, DC being at the top of that list), make sure to indicate interest in other offices if you're so willing. If you are SF or bust, so be it. But if SF is your first choice, but you'd be also happy in SV, or NY, or wherever, you owe it to yourself to let them know. Way too many candidates end up at OK NY firms because they blow bids on top tier firms' DC offices.
Thank you so much for doing this, I've literally read the entire thing at lunch. I've got some questions about the above. Above median at lower t14 if that makes any difference.
Could you expand more on how to approach the hospitality suite approach? I'm just not really sure how to handle it.
Is there any risk of appearing too willing to work anywhere? Ie, will a pitch of "I love this firm and want to work with them no matter where" be effective, or will it give the impression of lack of direction. I'm concerned because some people say to focus on regional ties everywhere but NYC, and I don't want to blow my chances by appearing too scatterbrained. I'm interviewing with a few firms in multiple markets, and I've been trying to mass-mail up more by saying "I'm already interviewing with you at (X), but I really love the firm and would love to interview at (Y) as well."
I think it depends on the firm and the cities and your rationale. It is tough to balance both, but I think a thoughtful rationale for why you'd like to work in the specific offices can fly. Saying you're interested in both DC and NY isn't going to get too many crazy reactions as long as you can explain why those are the two areas you're looking at (easy rationale: "top two legal markets in the country based upon my research, but obviously I'm just a law student. I'm most interested in DC because X. I've obviously read online about the differences between your NY and DC offices, such as ____, but what do you think / how do they differ?"). Saying "Uh, I like Boston and San Francisco, even though I'm from Milwaukee" won't work as well, nor will saying you're willing to work anywhere K&L Gates will hire you.
As for the hospitality suite, never hurts to go in and be friendly to the recruiting staff (they may give you good intel), and if you don't get an interview at a lottery process you can usually drop off your resume and express your interest. If there's someone available I know we've had people screen in-suite.