Anonymous User wrote:I have four offers from V10s. My thoughts -
Ask penetrating questions. Not just "what is the summer program like?" but ones that reflect the fact that you've done your homework on the specific firm you are interviewing with. Think about what questions are appropriate to ask partners, and what questions are appropriate to ask associates. For partners, I would often ask questions involving their ideas about particular practice groups at the firm that were growing, or questions about a unique element of management at the firm. For associates, I'd ask more about in-house training at the firm, the types of projects they were staffed on coming in, etc.
The concept of "selling yourself" is weird and amorphous, so you have to find a strategy that works for you. To me, selling myself doesn't mean going through a laundry list of my accomplishments or the things I've done - it is more about having a story that demonstrates my best qualities without having to outright say what those qualities are. I found that I had four stories I told over and over in interviews that involved highly specific examples of what I loved about the work I did over the summer, why I wanted to come to the city I was interviewing in, why I wanted to be a lawyer, etc. This will probably sound odd, but for me, those stories were, in a way, very personal. They each explained something about me and something about an item on my resume at the same time. The people you are meeting with look at tons and tons of great resumes. You are right that "fit" is key - and for me, demonstrating the fact that I would "fit" was about showcasing my personality through the lens of my resume, not the other way around.
This is the best advice I have seen on this forum. With 13 CB's from 17 interviews, this is exactly what I do. I will say, however, that I do not ask probing questions about their practice area. There is nothing I can contribute to that conversation. I actually hate asking questions period. No one is going to go into a hiring committee and say "we gotta hire this guy, he asked amazing questions." But if the questions get the interviewer talking about something personal, non-law related, it allows you to contribute something meaningful.
Re: Stories. This advice is golden. Use it.