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Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 12, 2011 1:56 pm

Let's get some humor to this board. I'll start--during one of my cbs, there was a fire. Half of my interviews were done next to a blaring alarm, and firemen running in and out of the building. Did not get the offer.

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 12, 2011 1:59 pm

I had an attorney spend a full minute trying to figure out how to pronounce my middle name. It essentially turned into a guessing game: "Am I close now?" "No, no! Don't tell me yet!"

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:01 pm

There was a 5.9 earthquake centered 10 miles away during one of my OGI interviews. Got a CB and an offer.

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:02 pm

I was talking to a first year associate, who was trying to impress me with the thing he was working on. He ended up going pretty into detail on their litigation strategy and the argument they were going to make.

Well, as soon as I left, I called the people I had been working for this past summer, and told them all about it. Idiot should have realized from my resume we were the opposing counsel.

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:04 pm

I interviewed with a guy that had no interest in learning anything about me as a job candidate and just wanted to talk about how law school is like high school. He tried to get the year's most scandalous story. Did not get a callback.

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby PeanutHead » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:11 pm

Had a guy spill tic tacs all over the floor during the first minute of the interview and then scrabbled all around the hotel room floor picking them up for the next 15 minutes. He did offer me one though on my way out.

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:19 pm

during the middle of one of my CBs there was a shelter in place drill, so i had to interrupt one of my interviews and go stand around in a small room with a bunch of people i didn't know. kinda awkward..didn't get an offer (though i doubt the shelter in place was the reason).

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:26 pm

Partner literally vomited in the middle of a callback interview. He leaves, cleans up, comes back and asks "so where were we?" I reply, "you were demonstrating the firm's sick leave policy." Nailed the offer.

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby zomginternets » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:26 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I was talking to a first year associate, who was trying to impress me with the thing he was working on. He ended up going pretty into detail on their litigation strategy and the argument they were going to make.

Well, as soon as I left, I called the people I had been working for this past summer, and told them all about it. Idiot should have realized from my resume we were the opposing counsel.


Incredibly unprofessional of you, IMO. I agree that he also should not have told you what he did, but I think you should have had the professionalism to keep it to yourself. I'm sure your summer firm is now wondering how many of their secrets you spilled at your interview.

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby jeeptiger09 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:31 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Partner literally vomited in the middle of a callback interview. He leaves, cleans up, comes back and asks "so where were we?" I reply, "you were demonstrating the firm's sick leave policy." Nailed the offer.


180, congrats on the offer.

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby kahechsof » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:36 pm

I was scheduled to go for lunch with 2 associates.
Second interview was with male partner in his 50's, who's attention seemed a little too much off my face.
Then, what do you know, but he is joining us for lunch.

Turned down the lunch, and walked out the door. V10 firm.

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby kahechsof » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:37 pm

Making up these stories is so much fun.
I'm the only one willing to admit I'm making it up. (unless I'm all 10 anons above??)

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:39 pm

i'm a scrabble freak, and i love anagrams (like 'president clinton of the USA' anagrams to 'to copulate, he finds interns'). i had an interview with a guy who specialized in REMICs, some type of finance thing. i noticed it was an anagram of 'crime' so i pointed it out to him.....did not get a CB

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:51 pm

Guy looks at my resume, and says, "Columbia? You didn't want to go to Harvard?", with a straight face.
I answered, "You didn't want to make up your own stupid questions?"

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:56 pm

I also had the earthquake during my interview with V10 firm, got callback. The partner during the earthquake was kind of freaking out and quite scared - I kept pretty calm and that might have helped me.

Also, a firm during callback asked what food I liked to eat. I said that I'm not picky but am not a huge fan of Asian food. They took me to an Asian restaurant.

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:04 pm

At one of my OCI interviews, the interviewer asked me some of the other firms I was interviewing with. I told him and he was like "oh, those are nice Jewish firms". I was like... :shock:.

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby kahechsof » Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:05 pm

Anonymous User wrote:At one of my OCI interviews, the interviewer asked me some of the other firms I was interviewing with. I told him and he was like "oh, those are nice Jewish firms". I was like... :shock:.

No CB.

Were you both jewish?

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:07 pm

for one of my screeners, they had an almost-retired partner alongside a 40ish female partner conducting it. The old man starts the interview off with, "So...are you an American?" No CB.

Pretty sure this is illegal, but haven't reported it to CSO.

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:08 pm

kahechsof wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:At one of my OCI interviews, the interviewer asked me some of the other firms I was interviewing with. I told him and he was like "oh, those are nice Jewish firms". I was like... :shock:.

No CB.

Were you both jewish?


I am, interviewer wasn't (though apparently his wife is, so it's okay!). :|.

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:10 pm

I struck out.


Ha, ha.

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby kahechsof » Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:12 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
kahechsof wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:At one of my OCI interviews, the interviewer asked me some of the other firms I was interviewing with. I told him and he was like "oh, those are nice Jewish firms". I was like... :shock:.

No CB.

Were you both jewish?


I am, interviewer wasn't (though apparently his wife is, so it's okay!). :|.


No, you are correct. Not ok. If both of you were jewish, then I think it's ok.
Now, there are a couple of firms which were opened back when jews were being excluded from the big firms. I think stroock was formed for that reason.

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:42 pm

I really can't imagine where to start:

The interviewer who when he saw I was labeled as a diversity candidate said "How are you a minority? You look like a plain old white guy like me." (I have a bone disease).

The interviewer who said "So you've never taken a class in (niche practice) have you?" Got the CB, not the offer.

The interviewer who asked if I knew how uncollegial it was and could I handle bickering just for the sake of bickering.

The senior partner who couldn't stop stuttering the entire interview to the point that a one sentence question took a minute to express.

The associate on the CB who said "I hope you're not interested in what I do. We don't do that here." (He could have just said they weren't hiring for that field instead of blatantly and badly lying.)

The partner who started off with, before hello: "So can you explain your GPA please?"

The associate who coming back from lunch on the CB said "Sorry, we forgot to get drinks at lunch. Don't worry, we have a bar in our building and are the hardest drinking firm in CITY."

The agency who mis-posted a term internship as a summer internship and started the interview (which I had to travel to their office for) asking my current availability, even though my resume in front of them showed I was working somewhere else at that time. Ended in five minutes.

The interviewer for a non-legal job who asked if I would be willing to quite law school (I'm was a 3L then) to take their job.

The three interviewers on one CB who said "So you probably heard we no-offered our entire class last summer. Don't worry, they were just really lazy. You aren't lazy, are you?"

The partner who I had an informational meeting with who left a screaming voicemail when I mentioned the positive impression of the informational meeting when applying.

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:54 pm

Partner spent ten minutes telling me, in very minute and profane detail, the detrimental impact opening a new office would have on his personal income; literally, "I made $X last year, if we open an office in another market that would probably go way the fuck down to $Y, so why the fuck would I want them to open that office?"

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:25 pm

kahechsof wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
kahechsof wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:At one of my OCI interviews, the interviewer asked me some of the other firms I was interviewing with. I told him and he was like "oh, those are nice Jewish firms". I was like... :shock:.

No CB.

Were you both jewish?


I am, interviewer wasn't (though apparently his wife is, so it's okay!). :|.


No, you are correct. Not ok. If both of you were jewish, then I think it's ok.
Now, there are a couple of firms which were opened back when jews were being excluded from the big firms. I think stroock was formed for that reason.


As a Jew, I'd actually like to have heard that. Not knowing what firm cultures are like, if another one has plenty of members of the tribe, I think I'd probably fit in better there. Don't think he meant it in a negative way.

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Re: Funny OCI Interview Stories

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:26 pm

Partner: The firm strives for diversity, and we've hired a lot of white males from your school recently...

Me (white male): Well I hope that doesn't count against me.

Rescinded application.




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