Jsa725 wrote:314159265358979 wrote:At the time of bidding, I was top 15% at a T30 (but my grades were lower during interviews). Yes, I am patent bar eligible.
I thought that the PLIP was an awesome experience. You get the opportunity to meet with most employers who are doing the type of work you want to do, and you get to compare them quickly to get a feel for the kinds of firms you will like and dislike. Depending on how many interviews you have, it also becomes very easy to see what works and what doesn't, and you will vastly improve your interviewing skills if nothing else by the end of the program.
The questions they will ask you will not be much different than what you would get at normal OCI. For example, why law school, tell me about X on your resume, what's an interesting fact, any questions for me, etc. Occasionally you may get someone who wants you to answer a substantive question, but that's the exception for sure. I think the most important thing is to remain relaxed but focused and be personable and likeable to the interviewer.
I'm not sure what you mean by "vibes"-did you have questions about specific firms?
thanks! sorry, what i meant by "vibes" was: did you notice things about firm X over firm Y based on the interviewers' personalities (and people at firms where you had CB's) that lead you to choose your V100 over another offer i.e. if you had multiple CB's, what distinguished offices from one another? was firm A "stuffy" and firm B "more relaxed" ... does this make sense?
Yes, absolutely, there were things about some interviews/interviewers that made me like and dislike particular firms. That's a big part of the game actually-once you're in the door with your grades, it's mostly about whether you "fit" with the other associates and partners. My advice to you is just to be yourself and see which firm feels the most natural to you (although, if you wind up with only 1 interview, you should do your absolute best to match what you think their expectations/quirks are!)