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SwampRat88
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Informational Interview

Postby SwampRat88 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:34 pm

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TheFriendlyBarber
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Re: Informational Interview

Postby TheFriendlyBarber » Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:31 am

SwampRat88 wrote:1L here. I have an informational interview scheduled for late next week, with a 3-man boutique law firm. I should bring a resume, right? Better get started on it, if so...


Yes, you should. A prudent man would also take a bundt cake with him.

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Re: Informational Interview

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:20 pm

TheFriendlyBarber wrote:
SwampRat88 wrote:1L here. I have an informational interview scheduled for late next week, with a 3-man boutique law firm. I should bring a resume, right? Better get started on it, if so...


Yes, you should. A prudent man would also take a bundt cake with him.


I can't tell if that was facetious--seriously, a blunt cake?

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Re: Informational Interview

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Nov 15, 2011 12:01 am

Anonymous User wrote:
TheFriendlyBarber wrote:
SwampRat88 wrote:1L here. I have an informational interview scheduled for late next week, with a 3-man boutique law firm. I should bring a resume, right? Better get started on it, if so...


Yes, you should. A prudent man would also take a bundt cake with him.


I can't tell if that was facetious--seriously, a blunt cake?


Can we get an answer on this? Is this really appropriate?

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Re: Informational Interview

Postby Renzo » Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:02 am

I'm going on record with my guess that the last three posters are the same. Mods, feel free to publicly announce the results of my wager.

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Re: Informational Interview

Postby 071816 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:06 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
TheFriendlyBarber wrote:
SwampRat88 wrote:1L here. I have an informational interview scheduled for late next week, with a 3-man boutique law firm. I should bring a resume, right? Better get started on it, if so...


Yes, you should. A prudent man would also take a bundt cake with him.


I can't tell if that was facetious--seriously, a blunt cake?


Can we get an answer on this? Is this really appropriate?


You're damn right it's appropriate. You would be shunned if you didn't do it. Additionally, it is customary to bring approximately 4 pounds of cured meats to this sort of meeting.

TheFriendlyBarber
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Re: Informational Interview

Postby TheFriendlyBarber » Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:22 am

Anonymous User wrote:
TheFriendlyBarber wrote:
SwampRat88 wrote:1L here. I have an informational interview scheduled for late next week, with a 3-man boutique law firm. I should bring a resume, right? Better get started on it, if so...


Yes, you should. A prudent man would also take a bundt cake with him.


I can't tell if that was facetious--seriously, a blunt cake?


While I originally suggested taking a bundt cake with you, taking a blunt cake might prove itself an even better idea. Unless, of course, the firm in question is Gibson Dunn. Don't you dare stroll into GDC with a blunt cake. Ever.

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Re: Informational Interview

Postby AP-375 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:46 am

SwampRat88 wrote:1L here. I have an informational interview scheduled for late next week, with a 3-man boutique law firm. I should bring a resume, right? Better get started on it, if so...


I'm assuming this is a serious question. Bring a resume. Make it look good. Don't bust it out unless its asked for. Or, if you're smooth and confident, bust it out at the end if the mood feels right. Something like, "Hey, I'm not looking for anything at the moment(/I know you're not hiring right now), but I'd be happy to leave a copy of my resume for future reference, if you don't mind." But only if they really like you and you're sure there's chemistry.
There's no need to give them a resume in an informational interview. It turns it into a cheap date. Let the relationship grow naturally. The other person knows what you want. Eventually, you'll be able to give it to them and it won't be awkward.

(Editor's note: I kind of got carried away with the innuendo, but I think this is the patient and strategic way you have to approach it.)

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Re: Informational Interview

Postby NinerFan » Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:48 am

AP-375 wrote:
SwampRat88 wrote:1L here. I have an informational interview scheduled for late next week, with a 3-man boutique law firm. I should bring a resume, right? Better get started on it, if so...


I'm assuming this is a serious question. Bring a resume. Make it look good. Don't bust it out unless its asked for. Or, if you're smooth and confident, bust it out at the end if the mood feels right. Something like, "Hey, I'm not looking for anything at the moment(/I know you're not hiring right now), but I'd be happy to leave a copy of my resume for future reference, if you don't mind." But only if they really like you and you're sure there's chemistry.
There's no need to give them a resume in an informational interview. It turns it into a cheap date. Let the relationship grow naturally. The other person knows what you want. Eventually, you'll be able to give it to them and it won't be awkward.

(Editor's note: I kind of got carried away with the innuendo, but I think this is the patient and strategic way you have to approach it.)


Echo this. Let them pretend for awhile that you actually care about what they do and aren't just looking for a job. People like to feel important/admired.

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Re: Informational Interview

Postby LawIdiot86 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:30 pm

SwampRat88 wrote:1L here. I have an informational interview scheduled for late next week, with a 3-man boutique law firm. I should bring a resume, right? Better get started on it, if so...

I did about 60 informational interviews over last summer. Several lawyers told me in their initial responses to schedule that this was NOT a job interview and that they could NOT help me get into their firm. I purposefully brought a pad of paper too small to have a resume in it just to avoid signaling that I was there only to sneak in for a job. Of the 60, 2-3 asked for my resume and were happy when I emailed it to them when I got home. No offers, but I wasn't a stellar candidate to begin with on GPA.




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