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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:06 pm

screener interview

interviewer: "so how do you think [previous career in the arts] translates into a career in law"

me: "[previous career in the arts] was tapping a particular aspect of my intellect, but I realized I wasn't 100% invested in it. Since starting law school I have found that the study of law taps the same intellectual curiosity that [previous career in the arts] did, and will lead to a fulfilling and satisfying career."

interviewer: "hahaha. good luck with that."

ding.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby ejlions84 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:08 pm

Started off a 4 hour callback with a lunch (which is the worst). I walk in to my first interview post-lunch with a full belly and cloudy head.

First question: So who did you go to lunch with?

Me: ummmm.....Ben.....?
Partner: Oh, Big Ben?
Me:.....yes......

My lunch associate was maybe 5'3" and 130 lbs and named Jon.

No offer

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Postby Myself » Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:58 am

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby rad lulz » Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:41 am

Anonymous User wrote:screener interview

interviewer: "so how do you think [previous career in the arts] translates into a career in law"

me: "[previous career in the arts] was tapping a particular aspect of my intellect, but I realized I wasn't 100% invested in it. Since starting law school I have found that the study of law taps the same intellectual curiosity that [previous career in the arts] did, and will lead to a fulfilling and satisfying career."

interviewer: "hahaha. good luck with that."

ding.

Hahaha

To be fair, he's right

I've always shied away from "intellectually challenging" in my answers

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby blsingindisguise » Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:55 am

1) I am obviously Jewish. I scheduled an interview with a pretty conservative firm (not particularly Jewish but just generally conservative) for Yom Kippur without realizing it (they offered me the day and I took it). I didn't have the guts to cancel since I hadn't realized it, and I'm not an extremely religious person, so I showed up. They kept asking me about it and apologizing to me and I kept having to say "well I'm not very religious" and the whole thing just made for an uncomfortable interview day.

2) A partner in a firm -- actually the top firm that I had a callback with -- asked me what I was writing my note about. It was a little early and most people hadn't really decided yet, but I half-lied and said I was writing about X vs. Y, a case I had briefly read about and found interesting. "That's our case," the partner said. Like not just the firm, but his practice group. "Ah...I...did not realize that."

3) I once slipped and said "I'm a little bit ADHD"

4) I once dissed my own school to the hiring partner -- it was a 3L interview after I had struck out at 2L, and he had put me on the spot about the strikeout. That was probably the worst of all. I knew right away I had lost the job. I guess I can see why I struck out at the time.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby SEngland » Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:28 pm

BUMP

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:28 am

Tripped and fell on my face on the way to lunch. Almost pulled an associate down with me. That's classic, people.

Dinged.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:39 am

blsingindisguise wrote:1) I am obviously Jewish. I scheduled an interview with a pretty conservative firm (not particularly Jewish but just generally conservative) for Yom Kippur without realizing it (they offered me the day and I took it). I didn't have the guts to cancel since I hadn't realized it, and I'm not an extremely religious person, so I showed up. They kept asking me about it and apologizing to me and I kept having to say "well I'm not very religious" and the whole thing just made for an uncomfortable interview day.

2) A partner in a firm -- actually the top firm that I had a callback with -- asked me what I was writing my note about. It was a little early and most people hadn't really decided yet, but I half-lied and said I was writing about X vs. Y, a case I had briefly read about and found interesting. "That's our case," the partner said. Like not just the firm, but his practice group. "Ah...I...did not realize that."

3) I once slipped and said "I'm a little bit ADHD"

4) I once dissed my own school to the hiring partner -- it was a 3L interview after I had struck out at 2L, and he had put me on the spot about the strikeout. That was probably the worst of all. I knew right away I had lost the job. I guess I can see why I struck out at the time.


I bet they'd be understanding about the Yom Kippur thing. When I was starting to strike out being "prepped for interviews", I reverted back to myself. When I got offered something on a more minor Jewish holiday and didn't realize, I took it, then rescheduled because it's a religious day. They understood. I spoke to someone else about all the bad moves his college's basketball team made to lead off the interview. Then I started to turn it around. If you're not the white shoe persona, you should just be your quirky self. Trying to fake it comes across as strange, at least when I tried it.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:50 am

Screening interview for a firm's DC office:

"So what practice areas are you interested in?"

"Antitrust, and regulatory litigation more generally. I think pretty much anything where the government is on the other side would be interesting."

"O, well, just to let you know, we don't really do any of that. Most of our antitrust work is defending against private suits."

Wasn't even dignified with a ding.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:32 pm

At a dinner following a callback, I'm having a conversation with a partner. The partner is holding a glass of wine, and I'm holding a diet coke. I had just done four callbacks in four days and was just about done with the whole thing anyway.

Partner: Is there alcohol in that? *points at my drink*
Me: No, it's just diet coke.
Parter: Oh, what, do you not drink?
Me: I drink. I just thought I'd get a little caffeine in me first, you know?
Partner: That's fair, but we're doing shots later.
Me: ..... uhh only umm only if you do one with me?
Partner: HAHAHAHA I'm not the one trying to get a job *walks away*

Me: FML.

Dinged. But the entire day was a train wreck, so I can't exactly attribute my ding to this conversation. It was just icing on the cake.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:27 pm

Great thread. I can't top some of the ones here, but here's mine:

Interview at the local JAG military base with the Major in charge of that location. I was warned of the vigorous security process so I arrived early. You have to be finger printed, escorted, etc. Upon arrival, I’m immediately I’m told that I’m not on the list. I have a non-English first name that’s on my driver’s license, but I go by my English name. (Both are technically my legal name but for reasons I won’t go into there’s a discrepancy on my license). Anyway, I spend 20 minutes trying to explain this to them. They finally confirm my story and get a staff member to escort me. I get my security badge/sticker and put it on my jacket.

As it turns out, two more delays: (1) the JAG office is on the other side of campus, so he needs to drive me there; and (2) I parked in the wrong area and I need to move my car. I spend the next 20 minutes finding a parking space in a packed lot, with the staff member following behind me in his car. I finally find a parking space and then hop into the staff member’s car to head over to the other campus. While enroute, I realize that the security sticker is no longer stuck on my jacket. In fact, it’s nowhere to be found. Maybe I dropped it in my car? He takes me back to my car to look for it – no luck. So he drives me back to the security office where they reissue my security badge.

I arrive in the Major’s office over an hour after the scheduled interview time. At this point, I'm nearly sweating through my suit from all the running around. Surprisingly, she says she completely understands and the interview goes well.

Offer.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:33 pm

Prosecution panel interview. Per the office's request, I bring a passport photo with me. I introduce myself, sit down, and hand over the photo and other materials.

The first thing the lead interviewer says upon seeing my photo - "HAH! Were you drunk????"

I'm completely caught off guard and respond with an confused "What?? No? ....... haha?" Awkward silence and the interview proceeds as normal. He doesn't mention it again.

It was a normal photo in which I'm shaved, hair is neat, wearing a suit, and smiling. To this day I have no idea why he made that comment. Perhaps to throw me off? Who knows.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:09 pm

Excellent thread. My contribution:

OCI screener with a top firm. Interview was going well when 10 minutes in the interviewer asked me what my favorite animal was. I answered, dolphin. He then asked me if I could "imitate one, ya know...squeak like a dolphin." Clearly desperate I obliged, and not well.

No CB.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Tanicius » Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:38 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Excellent thread. My contribution:

OCI screener with a top firm. Interview was going well when 10 minutes in the interviewer asked me what my favorite animal was. I answered, dolphin. He then asked me if I could "imitate one, ya know...squeak like a dolphin." Clearly desperate I obliged, and not well.

No CB.


Fuck them. Yay for unprofessional douchebags.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby owlofminerva » Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:37 am

During a callback at a NY firm, I was asked what I was looking for in choosing a law firm to go to. In my head, I was thinking about something like a "good culture." Because of the word beginning with "c" or something--to this day, I don't know how it happened--I slipped and said I was looking for "good compensation." Immediately after saying this, my jaw just dropped and I stopped talking. While it was only a few seconds, it seemed like we stared each other down for an eternity and then I said "I have no idea where that came from." We then busted out laughing and continued the interview.

Got the offer, but to this day I can't believe I did that.

PS: I also pocket dialed a partner's cell phone while hanging out with friends during OCI season. He was my screener interviewer for a firm and kind of my "interview process mentor/point of contact" and he had called me earlier that day. While out with friends, I somehow pocket dialed him, leaving a voicemail full of drunken laughter. He called me back the next day with a message that he got a message from me, didn't think I intended to call him, but just in case he was returning my call.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:39 am

In scheduling a callback with an international firm where they were flying me overseas to interview, I scheduled the flight with the firm's travel agent on the incorrect day. I arrived at my hotel after the flight and promptly received a phone call in my room wondering where I was. I responded that I'm lying in bed and just got off the plane. I'm informed I've missed the entire morning portion of my interviews (2 or 3 associates) and I'm currently missing lunch. I quickly get changed and head over to the firm. After apologizing profusely to the recruiter, who is not pleased, I had four quick interviews with partners followed by drinks with partners followed by an on-the-spot offer.

Still not sure how that turned out well.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby shock259 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:34 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Excellent thread. My contribution:

OCI screener with a top firm. Interview was going well when 10 minutes in the interviewer asked me what my favorite animal was. I answered, dolphin. He then asked me if I could "imitate one, ya know...squeak like a dolphin." Clearly desperate I obliged, and not well.

No CB.


That's absurd.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:57 am

Anonymous User wrote:was excitingly telling the interviewer about a local restaurant near my school and its delicious meat dishes.

After I was done, the interviewer calmly revealed to me that she was a vegetarian...



I did the same thing on a callback...talking about an amazing southern BBQ place...trying to prove my bona fide ties to the area...Vegitarian! Come on Man!

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby redsox550 » Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:33 am

First OCI minute of my life
Interviewer: So howd you like 1L?
Me: (after reading threads about this here and listening to people argue about the answer all day) something about how people warn you how bad law school is, but i found i actually liked the challenge ...
Interviewer: (cuts me off) You dont have to lie to me!
Me: I'm.... not ?
Ding

Second one is thanks to one of you guys.
(preparing for a CB I asked if anyone on TLS has any info about X firm, one guy responded, but didnt want to out himself to me)
Me during interview: I heard great things about your X program from people who have worked on it in your firm
Interviewer: O really who?
Me: ummm well it was ... on an online forum ... so don't really know his name (mental face palm)
DING

thanks TLS :wink:

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby brotherdarkness » Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:04 pm

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:52 pm

redsox550 wrote:Interviewer: So how
Second one is thanks to one of you guys.
(preparing for a CB I asked if anyone on TLS has any info about X firm, one guy responded, but didnt want to out himself to me)
Me during interview: I heard great things about your X program from people who have worked on it in your firm
Interviewer: O really who?
Me: ummm well it was ... on an online forum ... so don't really know his name (mental face palm)
DING


I've often wondered how to do this... I have an interview coming up in a large secondary market and got some great tips here on TLS... Would like to say what I've "heard" cus it is great, flattering information but..... Oh yea over at Top Law Schools Dot Com..... :roll: none of the 2L or 3Ls at my school have summered there either =\

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby lolwat » Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:54 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
redsox550 wrote:Interviewer: So how
Second one is thanks to one of you guys.
(preparing for a CB I asked if anyone on TLS has any info about X firm, one guy responded, but didnt want to out himself to me)
Me during interview: I heard great things about your X program from people who have worked on it in your firm
Interviewer: O really who?
Me: ummm well it was ... on an online forum ... so don't really know his name (mental face palm)
DING


I've often wondered how to do this... I have an interview coming up in a large secondary market and got some great tips here on TLS... Would like to say what I've "heard" cus it is great, flattering information but..... Oh yea over at Top Law Schools Dot Com..... :roll: none of the 2L or 3Ls at my school have summered there either =\


Lol. Well, it's just a bad way to answer that question because it stuck him in a situation where he couldn't give a source after indicating a fairly specific source ("people who have worked in the firm"). I think there is no harm in telling firms that you've read good things about them online (even if it's via forums, blogs, news sources) and that's part of why you're interested in them. Don't dwell on it too much and you can put it into a question if they're active in that program or group or whatever it is... ("I've read great things about X, but that's just from stuff online, I noticed you do stuff in X and wanted to ask you stuff about it.")

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby sparty99 » Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:09 pm

ejlions84 wrote:Started off a 4 hour callback with a lunch (which is the worst). I walk in to my first interview post-lunch with a full belly and cloudy head.

First question: So who did you go to lunch with?

Me: ummmm.....Ben.....?
Partner: Oh, Big Ben?
Me:.....yes......

My lunch associate was maybe 5'3" and 130 lbs and named Jon.

No offer


God, I hate when they ask, "so who have you interviewed with so far."

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby BigRob » Sun Dec 22, 2013 4:52 am

Rocío wrote:One time at an interview in Chicago, the interviewer asked me why Chicago. Somehow my response referred to "Ohio," and not Illinois or Chicago. Whoops! (Got a CB though)

At another interview, at the end of a callback interview (panel interview), one of the women actually refused to shake my hand. I just thought she was a bitch, but I heard from other people that she apparently was racist. (No offer, surprise surprise)

At another interview, I swore. The entire panel laughed. (Got a CB)


Affirmative action in action.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Nova » Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:12 am

BigRob wrote:
Affirmative action in action.

:roll: :roll:




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