bk1 wrote:rinkrat19 wrote:I have answers for "tell me about a challenge you faced" and "tell me about how you resolved a conflict" and "what's your weakness" and a few other questions, but "why firm" continutes to baffle me.
I've actually found law firm interviews to be more conversational and less behavioral. Of course it is good to be prepared for behavioral questions, but also be prepared for a more relaxed and conversational interview.
As for why firm, make a pitch about the firm, its practice areas, and the location.
For a third swing at the question in that bad interview yesterday, I mentioned I liked how it was founded on the west coast and was located in (ok, it was Orrick, so I like the Bay Area + Portland + Seattle locations) and he brushed that off as basically invalid. "So beyond the geographical and historical accident that placed our offices where they are, why do you think you'd want to work for us?") And it was an IP interview, so practice area wasn't possible beyond lit/pros.
I also tried client type: "even beyond the IP group, your clients are mostly tech-focused and I find the creation of actual things that directly and concretely shape people's lives, from medicines to video games, interesting and worth participating in." Him: "So you don't like regular business clients but you want to work for a business firm?"
He stayed on the question for probably 12 minutes of the screener. I mean, if you don't like my answer (or my 2nd try or my 3rd) just mark that down and move on.
Also fun were his flip-flops that I swear were just to throw me off-balance mid-answer
Him: what area of IP would be your dream job?
Me: while I know patent is the biggest part, and I find patent interesting, I think trademark is really fascinating for [reasons]
Him: (interrupts, deadpan) Most people don't think patents are interesting.
Me: (uncomfortable laugh) keeping track of patent filing dates might not be fascinating but you're helping create something concrete, blah blah
Him: But I do patents, so I find them pretty fascinating.
Me: Well, back to trademarks, which I do actually find fascinating...