Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Simple response:
"I prefer not to answer that question, but I will certainly base my choice of firm on the right fit particularly with respect to [practice/environment/etc]. That's why I am particularly pleased to be interviewing with you at X firm."
Um, nice try. Did you get that out of The Golden Book of Really Shitty Answers that will get you (rightfully) Auto-Dinged?
You got me...
But then, having the balls and level of maturity to say, in effect, "I don't want to answer a question which isn't relevant to my employment at your firm, but I am certainly interested in your firm" says way more about that candidate than the one who comes up with lies or half-truths.
IME, interviewers appreciated that I understood that interviews are really a two-way street and that I didn't have to answer every question or make something up just to have an answer. In a lot of interviews I started asking them questions before they got a chance to go through the usual routine. It didn't do me any harm. Of course, I approached screeners and callbacks like a conversation, not an interrogation.