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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby jessuf » Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:59 pm

Richie Tenenbaum wrote:
Proper interview responses:
1) Um, super healing also makes me close to immortal since I age much, much slower. Plus, I could contribute at a firm for a ton of years on very little sleep (and not have a crisis about "wasting my young years" being a slave to my job).

Haha, barf.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:36 pm

Was at a CB with a pretty respectable big firm of about 500+ lawyers in the NE area. During the exit interview I had the hiring partner point blank ask me how I got the CB. Bare in mind, the firm flew me up the coast for the interview and put me up in some pretty sweet digs.

It was a CB with 6 attorney's, and then a lunch and then the exit interview. The exit interview went for 45 minutes and the entire time the only thing that was discussed was my less then stellar resume compared to the other candidates and how I could potentially lateral into the firm later in my career. When the 45 minutes were up I wanted to punch her diploma and storm out, only problem was I did not have my reimbursement check in hand yet so I decided to hold off.

- It still puzzles me to this day (CB was in September) how I got the CB in the first place if that was the hiring partners mentality regarding me.

End of the day, biglaw secured so fuck it, still blew my mind how it all went down.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:17 am

Strangest interview question I was ever asked:
"What does mutual discovery mean to you?" I responded with some sort of bs about growing with an organization. In my head I was thinking "two teenagers in the back of a VW bug?"

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Dumbest interview answer I ever gave:
Interviewer: How would your boss describe you?
Me: Smart, hardworking, and that I need to smile more.
Interviewer: You don't seem to have a problem smiling.
Me: Oh, I say that because he makes fun of me when I am "in the zone" because I look like I'm scowling at the computer when I'm really concentrating. I think it is also because I have a naturally furrowed brow, so I look like I'm serious a lot.
Interviewer: And are you a serious person?
Me: Not too serious.

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Dumbest joke I ever tried to make in an interview:
Interviewer: Well, I hope you have a great plane-ride back home.
Me: I plan on it. I brought my yoga pants to make sure I'm comfortable.

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Strangest interview moment:
Interviewer: So what did you do with X group in law school?
Me: We did an awareness campaign regarding female genital mutilation, y, and z.
Interviewer: Female genital mutilation, huh? Have you heard some guys say that circumcision is male genital mutilation? Have you heard that? What do you think of that?
Me: Oh wow. That is crazy. I guess I could see it. I mean, I guess it could be traumatizing for a little baby to have that done, but I haven't been in that situation, so I can't really speak to that.

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Dumbest ever:
Interviewer: Where are you from?
Me: The south.
Interviewer: Really? You don't sound like it.
Me: Why thank you, I've tried very hard not to.
Interviewer: I find southern accents endearing.
Me: You should hear me after I talk to my mom on the phone for an hour then.

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Yes, I am the embodiment of awkward turtle. I have many many more. Including one where I said that I left my old job because I am more of an introvert and so I was drained after dealing with people all day doing customer service. Yeah, I need a "don't be so honest" filter.
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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby nevdash » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:45 am

Anonymous User wrote:Strangest interview question I was ever asked:
"What does mutual discovery meant to you?" I responded with some sort of bs about growing with an organization. In my head I was thinking "two teenagers in the back of a vw bug?"

Hope you weren't interviewing for a position in a litigation department. If so, I don't think you understood the question.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:47 am

nevdash wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Strangest interview question I was ever asked:
"What does mutual discovery meant to you?" I responded with some sort of bs about growing with an organization. In my head I was thinking "two teenagers in the back of a vw bug?"

Hope you weren't interviewing for a position in a litigation department. If so, I don't think you understood the question.


That one was actually an interview for Best Buy when I was 17. The interviewer was in his late thirties or early forties. I think the context might be helpful to demonstrate just how creepy that one was.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Dany » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:13 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Strangest interview question I was ever asked:
"What does mutual discovery meant to you?" I responded with some sort of bs about growing with an organization. In my head I was thinking "two teenagers in the back of a vw bug?"

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Dumbest interview answer I ever gave:
Interviewer: How would your boss describe you?
Me: Smart, hardworking, and that I need to smile more.
Interviewer: You don't seem to have a problem smiling.
Me: Oh, I say that because he makes fun of me when I am "in the zone" because I look like I'm scowling at the computer when I'm really concentrating. I think it is also because I have a naturally furrowed brow, so I look like I'm serious a lot.
Interviewer: And are you a serious person?
Me: Not too serious.

-----

Dumbest joke I ever tried to make in an interview:
Interviewer: Well, I hope you have a great plane-ride back home.
Me: I plan on it. I brought my yoga pants to make sure I'm comfortable.

-----

Strangest interview moment:
Interviewer: So what did you do with X group in law school?
Me: We did an awareness campaign regarding female genital mutilation, y, and z.
Interviewer: Female genital mutilation, huh? Have you heard some guys say that circumcision is male genital mutilation? Have you heard that? What do you think of that?
Me: Oh wow. That is crazy. I guess I could see it. I mean, I guess it could be traumatizing for a little baby to have that done, but I haven't been in that situation, so I can't really speak to that.

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Dumbest ever:
Interviewer: Where are you from?
Me: The south.
Interviewer: Really? You don't sound like it.
Me: Why thank you, I've tried very hard not to.
Interviewer: I find southern accents endearing.
Me: You should hear me after I talk to my mom on the phone for an hour then.

-----

Yes, I am the embodiment of awkward turtle. I have many many more. Including one where I said that I left my old job because I am more of an introvert and so I was drained after dealing with people all day doing customer service. Yeah, I need a "don't be so honest" filter.

lol I love these.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:26 pm

getting to the location only to discover no receptionist on that floor, buzzer to get in to the office isn't working, point of contact doesn't answer the phone. had to just wait awkwardly by the door to get let in.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:30 pm

Dany wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Strangest interview question I was ever asked:
"What does mutual discovery meant to you?" I responded with some sort of bs about growing with an organization. In my head I was thinking "two teenagers in the back of a vw bug?"

-----

Dumbest interview answer I ever gave:
Interviewer: How would your boss describe you?
Me: Smart, hardworking, and that I need to smile more.
Interviewer: You don't seem to have a problem smiling.
Me: Oh, I say that because he makes fun of me when I am "in the zone" because I look like I'm scowling at the computer when I'm really concentrating. I think it is also because I have a naturally furrowed brow, so I look like I'm serious a lot.
Interviewer: And are you a serious person?
Me: Not too serious.

-----

Dumbest joke I ever tried to make in an interview:
Interviewer: Well, I hope you have a great plane-ride back home.
Me: I plan on it. I brought my yoga pants to make sure I'm comfortable.

-----

Strangest interview moment:
Interviewer: So what did you do with X group in law school?
Me: We did an awareness campaign regarding female genital mutilation, y, and z.
Interviewer: Female genital mutilation, huh? Have you heard some guys say that circumcision is male genital mutilation? Have you heard that? What do you think of that?
Me: Oh wow. That is crazy. I guess I could see it. I mean, I guess it could be traumatizing for a little baby to have that done, but I haven't been in that situation, so I can't really speak to that.

-----

Dumbest ever:
Interviewer: Where are you from?
Me: The south.
Interviewer: Really? You don't sound like it.
Me: Why thank you, I've tried very hard not to.
Interviewer: I find southern accents endearing.
Me: You should hear me after I talk to my mom on the phone for an hour then.

-----

Yes, I am the embodiment of awkward turtle. I have many many more. Including one where I said that I left my old job because I am more of an introvert and so I was drained after dealing with people all day doing customer service. Yeah, I need a "don't be so honest" filter.

lol I love these.


Another favorite:
Interviewer: So why do you want to stay in [city in Ohio]?
Me: I love living in a purple state. I feel like my vote is more important than ever! And I love food, as you can tell. This city is awesome for foodies!
Interviewer: I know!
[launches into how happy she is that all her neighbors are democrats, and I tell her that my husband was working with Obama's campaign]

I got a call back on that one :) It was government. Government interviews are the only ones where my quirkiness doesn't seem to work against me.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby adonai » Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:01 pm

Is there such an interview tactic as the interviewer staring at you and not saying a word?

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Tanicius » Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:22 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Another favorite:
Interviewer: So why do you want to stay in [city in Ohio]?
Me: I love living in a purple state. I feel like my vote is more important than ever! And I love food, as you can tell. This city is awesome for foodies!
Interviewer: I know!
[launches into how happy she is that all her neighbors are democrats, and I tell her that my husband was working with Obama's campaign]

I got a call back on that one :) It was government. Government interviews are the only ones where my quirkiness doesn't seem to work against me.



I happily presume every public defender I interview with is a staunch Obama voter. Nothing beats telling California PD's about how the reason I left Minnesota is because Pawlenty was a sociopath.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Bronte » Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:20 pm

adonai wrote:Is there such an interview tactic as the interviewer staring at you and not saying a word?


In myth, yes. I'm sure it's happened, but it's not a standard big law interview tactic. I can assure you of that.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby adonai » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:18 pm

Bronte wrote:
adonai wrote:Is there such an interview tactic as the interviewer staring at you and not saying a word?


In myth, yes. I'm sure it's happened, but it's not a standard big law interview tactic. I can assure you of that.

Well, amazingly, it's happened to me twice (non-private practice gigs). I am really just floored. My best guess is they were trying to test what I did in intimidating/awkward moments.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby cinephile » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:27 pm

adonai wrote:Is there such an interview tactic as the interviewer staring at you and not saying a word?


I once entered a callback where the interviewer only asked me one question, "Do you have any questions for me?" That was literally the first and only question she asked. She answered all my questions, but it wasn't a back and forth with her getting more information out of me about my own experiences or why I wanted to be there. It was weird.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby badaboom61 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:38 pm

cinephile wrote:
adonai wrote:Is there such an interview tactic as the interviewer staring at you and not saying a word?


I once entered a callback where the interviewer only asked me one question, "Do you have any questions for me?" That was literally the first and only question she asked. She answered all my questions, but it wasn't a back and forth with her getting more information out of me about my own experiences or why I wanted to be there. It was weird.


I've had more than one of these. I also had one that was "You've done lots of interviews today. This time, you interview me." That was kind of weird, but it turned back into a regular interview about halfway through.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby desertlaw » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:57 pm

One partner asked if I wanted to play a game. I said sure.

He said he had a great ability to remember the year that a movie came out on.

So I named some of my favorites: Ferries Bueller's Day Off, Mighty Ducks, Home Alone 2, Jingle All the Way.

He got all of them. The exact year. I made sure he wasn't looking at the computer screen or typing anything in. We looked them up after he guessed. 100%.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby badaboom61 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:10 pm

desertlaw wrote:
So I named some of my favorites: ... Jingle All the Way.



You brought that no offer upon yourself.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Dany » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:12 pm

badaboom61 wrote:
desertlaw wrote:
So I named some of my favorites: ... Jingle All the Way.

You brought that no offer upon yourself.

That movie is great. HTH.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:25 am

adonai wrote:Is there such an interview tactic as the interviewer staring at you and not saying a word?



There is a mid-size regional firm in Phoenix that does this in OCI interviews. They frequently ignore you, say nothing, joke among themselves, talk about inane things, etc. It is a type of stress interview and it is very uncommon in law.

I had a conversation about it with one of the interviewers some time after my interview. They said that they feel that there are too many good interviewers and that everyone is very intelligent, smooth, practiced. So they feel that adding stress and awkwardness sort of cuts through the bullshit and gets to a core personality the person will display under pressure. The freakout is apparently the worst reaction.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby spaceman82 » Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:28 am

Anonymous User wrote:The freakout is apparently the worst reaction.


What's the best?

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:39 am

spaceman82 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:The freakout is apparently the worst reaction.


What's the best?



Remaining calm and confident. Depending on the type of ignoring they are doing you should try to join their conversation in your best join-a-circle-of-people-talking way.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby mrwhoppers » Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:56 am

Sitting in the backseat of a Haynes & Boone associate's car while two male associates tossed the n-word around as they made fun of their female white boss. Tried to redirect to sports, failed, wrote off the interview & ordered the most expensive thing at lunch as a general "thanks for setting me up with the racist associates for lunch."

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Lasers » Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:56 am

desertlaw wrote:One partner asked if I wanted to play a game. I said sure.

He said he had a great ability to remember the year that a movie came out on.

So I named some of my favorites: Ferries Bueller's Day Off, Mighty Ducks, Home Alone 2, Jingle All the Way.

He got all of them. The exact year. I made sure he wasn't looking at the computer screen or typing anything in. We looked them up after he guessed. 100%.

what, in particular, elevates home alone 2 above home alone?

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Ruxin1 » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:02 am

Lasers wrote:
desertlaw wrote:One partner asked if I wanted to play a game. I said sure.

He said he had a great ability to remember the year that a movie came out on.

So I named some of my favorites: Ferries Bueller's Day Off, Mighty Ducks, Home Alone 2, Jingle All the Way.

He got all of them. The exact year. I made sure he wasn't looking at the computer screen or typing anything in. We looked them up after he guessed. 100%.

what, in particular, elevates home alone 2 above home alone?


NYC breh

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby romothesavior » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:05 am

badaboom61 wrote:
desertlaw wrote:
So I named some of my favorites: ... Jingle All the Way.



You brought that no offer upon yourself.

You watch your tongue. That is a true American classic, right up there with Commando.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:43 am

spaceman82 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:The freakout is apparently the worst reaction.


What's the best?


staring at them and refusing to speak until they speak first to establish dominance.




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