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Bidding on both NY and DC

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:55 pm

I know that OCI interviewers will often ask where else you are applying. I bid mostly NY but some DC. If I tell an NY interviewer that I am also applying in DC, I am afraid this will look like I am unfocused since NY is more oriented toward corporate and DC is more litigation. What is a good way to spin this?

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Re: Bidding on both NY and DC

Postby goodolgil » Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:56 pm

While NY is definitely the most corporate-centric market, there is nothing about bidding on NY that indicates you don't want to do litigation.

Really, you can just say you primarily focused on New York for [whatever reason].

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Re: Bidding on both NY and DC

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:01 pm

goodolgil wrote:While NY is definitely the most corporate-centric market, there is nothing about bidding on NY that indicates you don't want to do litigation.

Really, you can just say you primarily focused on New York for [whatever reason].


I am actually leaning corporate, but bid DC b/c I have ties to the area and QoL is higher and CoL is lower there. I know you can't really be honest about these things in the interviews though. I'm trying to get at what is an "acceptable" answer for this.

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Re: Bidding on both NY and DC

Postby thesealocust » Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:04 pm

If they ask where else you're applying, rattle off other firms in that geographic region?

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Re: Bidding on both NY and DC

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:09 pm

thesealocust wrote:If they ask where else you're applying, rattle off other firms in that geographic region?


Good call. This will work as long as they don't ask what other markets.

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Re: Bidding on both NY and DC

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:12 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
goodolgil wrote:While NY is definitely the most corporate-centric market, there is nothing about bidding on NY that indicates you don't want to do litigation.

Really, you can just say you primarily focused on New York for [whatever reason].


I am actually leaning corporate, but bid DC b/c I have ties to the area and QoL is higher and CoL is lower there. I know you can't really be honest about these things in the interviews though. I'm trying to get at what is an "acceptable" answer for this.


I bid both NY and DC offices of several V15 firms. With one firm, both offices didn't ask where else I was applying. The others either knew I was applying with both offices or asked. I'm interested in litigation. My answer as to why I applied to both offices was that each office does different types of litigation, and I'm interested in both types. I also said that different offices probably had different cultures and feels. Within this group, the only firm that has sent out CBs has given me CBs to both offices, so my answer must not have been too awful.

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Re: Bidding on both NY and DC

Postby 09042014 » Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:18 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
thesealocust wrote:If they ask where else you're applying, rattle off other firms in that geographic region?


Good call. This will work as long as they don't ask what other markets.


Yea, nobody would ever leave that kind of information out of their answer.

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Re: Bidding on both NY and DC

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:32 pm

"Primarily [DC/NY], but also [NY/DC] to hedge my bets."

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Re: Bidding on both NY and DC

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:24 am

Desert Fox wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
thesealocust wrote:If they ask where else you're applying, rattle off other firms in that geographic region?


Good call. This will work as long as they don't ask what other markets.


Yea, nobody would ever leave that kind of information out of their answer.


the part about other firms, or other markets?

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Re: Bidding on both NY and DC

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:24 am

Anonymous User wrote:"Primarily [DC/NY], but also [NY/DC] to hedge my bets."


I think this would be what you wouldn't want to say.

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Re: Bidding on both NY and DC

Postby gyarados » Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:16 am

Desert Fox wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
thesealocust wrote:If they ask where else you're applying, rattle off other firms in that geographic region?


Good call. This will work as long as they don't ask what other markets.


Yea, nobody would ever leave that kind of information out of their answer.

Well, it depends. If they ask something generic like "where else are you applying?", you can easily rattle off firms without it seeming forced. Odds are that a firm you name will then catch their attention and move the conversation along.

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Re: Bidding on both NY and DC

Postby legalmindedfella » Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:52 am

Judging off my own OCI experience... this is going to hurt you way more in DC than in NY. NY is unlikely to even bring up where you're applying if it's a big law firm, no matter what's on your resume; DC will ask, always. Prep for how to handle this with DC, not how NY will react; NY is just not going to care if you sufficiently impress them otherwise.

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Re: Bidding on both NY and DC

Postby 09042014 » Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:26 am

gyarados wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
thesealocust wrote:If they ask where else you're applying, rattle off other firms in that geographic region?


Good call. This will work as long as they don't ask what other markets.


Yea, nobody would ever leave that kind of information out of their answer.

Well, it depends. If they ask something generic like "where else are you applying?", you can easily rattle off firms without it seeming forced. Odds are that a firm you name will then catch their attention and move the conversation along.


OK let me be more blunt, lie.

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Re: Bidding on both NY and DC

Postby fatduck » Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:04 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:"Primarily [DC/NY], but also [NY/DC] to hedge my bets."


I think this would be what you wouldn't want to say.

"i'm primarily interested in new york, unless i get an offer from DC"

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Re: Bidding on both NY and DC

Postby jrf12886 » Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:14 am

"I am interviewing with firms in NY, but I am interested in DC because......."

I got callbacks in both cities without this being a major line of discussion in my screening interviews.

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Re: Bidding on both NY and DC

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:47 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:"Primarily [DC/NY], but also [NY/DC] to hedge my bets."


I think this would be what you wouldn't want to say.


Perhaps, but it is what I used for both markets. Ended up with six offers in DC.

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Re: Bidding on both NY and DC

Postby fatduck » Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:49 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:"Primarily [DC/NY], but also [NY/DC] to hedge my bets."


I think this would be what you wouldn't want to say.


Perhaps, but it is what I used for both markets. Ended up with six offers in DC.

so did you read the OP, or were you just setting up for the anonybrag the whole time?




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