Anonymous User wrote:Fellow Vale people, any advice on gov. oci interviews. I have a few coming up and have no idea how to approach them... do not even have contact info. of interviewers and of course their legal departments are hidden out of sight in their institutional websites.
I think the big thing with government interviews is to be all about the mission of whatever that employer does. Otherwise, it's going to be the same as any other kind of interview, but they'll want to see that you're dedicated to the mission and to public service so you won't notice/care how much smaller your paycheck is than biglaw
. You need to have a good answer for "why this job" (well, you do anywhere, of course). And you also want to avoid giving any hint that government is second best, or that you'd flee government for well-paid private practice at the first opportunity (not saying you would do that, but I think it happens sometimes). I also think to the extent possible, why you want the job should be about what you can do for them/the constituency they serve rather than what you get out of the job (I think that you like the kind of work or that you want more responsibility sooner than you'd get in private practice are reasonable answers, but probably as a follow up to the public service-y side of things).
It's true that you won't really know who your interviewers are before you go in, but that makes the "how did you come to be in this job" kind of question even more natural (asking biglaw employees about their background when it's on the firm website is less compelling).