Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:3L EE w great WE but forgettable LS credentials, got 7 screeners and 1 CB. So far. Probably my only CB; the only other screener I felt great about is for a smaller firm looking for 1 or 2 candidates so I'm not holding my breath on that oe.
But, I feel like I blew the CB because I was largely unprepared to be grilled on my tech credentials. Since 1L, I must have had some 40-50 individual interviews(screeners and CB combined) and the questionsabout my tech background were always cursory.But here, these guys wanted to gauge my familiarity w specific tech areas, or explain to them in detail what I did as an engineer. I was caught up short and my answers were halting and vague. Even having to justify engineering grades from 15 years ago. Ugh.
Looking back, out of all my interviews at all kinds of firms. from GPS to the large IP boutiques (Fish & Richardson, etc.), it occurs to me that its the first time I have CBed for a prosecution group specifically (I have only very recently decides to focus on pro). I should have realized that these guys would dig deep but habit and maybe overconfidence borne of experience won over (nowadays I treat all my interviews like a.pleasant chat, and never bring any notes).
TL;DR: be ready to demonstrate your tech chops during patent PROSECUTION CBs.
how is this even possible? 15 years of WE and you couldn't answer questions about it? wtf?
check your reading comprehension. i never said i had 15 years of work experience. nor did i say i couldn't answer questions about my work.
they wanted more details than i expected, and i failed to answer with the sort of accuracy, confidence, and fluency that would impress my tech competence onto them. ive interviewed enough that the legal stuff is second nature, but i was rusty on the tech simply because as i explained, the tech talk was always cursory.
but thank you for being an obnoxious dick. i shared my interviewing experience in the hopes of helping people here. sure wont be doing that again. un-fucking-believable.