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Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:45 pm

I am trying to compile a list of common interview questions at OCI. What questions have you been asked that are not listed below?

Why did choose go to law school?
What has been your favorite class in law school and why?
Why do you want to work at this firm?
What practice areas of law are you interested in?
Why do you want to work in City X, or what is your connection to City X?

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby desertlaw » Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:48 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I am trying to compile a list of common interview questions at OCI. What questions have you been asked that are not listed below?

Why did choose go to law school?
What has been your favorite class in law school and why?
Why do you want to work at this firm?
What practice areas of law are you interested in?
Why do you want to work in City X, or what is your connection to City X?


"What do you think about business?"

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby brotherdarkness » Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:51 pm

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:56 pm

Thanks for the responses thus far. Did any interviewer ask you generic questions like:

"What is your greatest strength?"

"What is your biggest weakness?"

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby brotherdarkness » Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:59 pm

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby zylaxice » Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:01 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Thanks for the responses thus far. Did any interviewer ask you generic questions like:

"What is your greatest strength?"

"What is your biggest weakness?"



I got those a couple of times. Also got
"Tell me more about [random item on your resume]"
"Tell me about your work this summer."
"What do you do in your free time"

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby AllDangle » Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:01 pm

Tag

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Jsa725 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:04 pm

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:07 pm

brotherdarkness wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Thanks for the responses thus far. Did any interviewer ask you generic questions like:

"What is your greatest strength?"

"What is your biggest weakness?"


I've had about 16 interviews thus far and haven't been asked either of those. I always get asked "why this firm" and "why this city."


16 interviews already? Congrats. Keep firing away with the questions. After a couple of days, I will post all the interview questions I receive for everyone to view

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby brotherdarkness » Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:09 pm

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Scoot Scoot » Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:34 pm

Tag - thanks all!

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby BelugaWhale » Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:42 pm

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby mrjohnsterman » Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:00 pm

What is something not on your resume that we should know?
What do you do for fun?
What other cities are you looking at?
Why law school?
What has been your favorite class?
What would your summer supervisor say about you?

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:04 pm

These were posted on Chambers:

•Why do you want to be a lawyer?
•Why are you applying to this firm?
•What is it you have heard or read about this firm that made you interested?
•What areas of practice are you interested in and why?
•Describe to me the central argument of your undergraduate thesis.
•What did you enjoy about law school?
•Where do you see yourself five or ten years down the road?
•What mistakes have you made in your past?
•If I called one of your referees now, how would they describe you?
•How would your law journal colleagues who worked with you describe you?
•Describe a time when you didn't succeed and what you learnt from it.
•Describe a time you showed leadership. How did you rise to the occasion?
•How much time would you spend polishing a draft to get the little points right?
•Can you describe a particularly challenging circumstance in your life?
•What motivates you?
•Are you a team player?
•Can you describe a situation where you handled a difficult customer?
•Tell me about a time you worked in a team that was dysfunctional.
•Tell me about a time you helped successfully produce a certain work product.
•Tell me about a time you had to juggle several responsibilities.
•Tell me about a time you faced a setback or failure and what you did.
•What adversities have you faced in past employment?

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby cinephile » Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:07 pm

How am I doing as an interviewer?

I hope you don't plan on having kids (technically not a question, but, of course, it elicited a no from me anyway).

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby HellOnHeels » Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:11 pm

mrjohnsterman wrote:What has been your favorite class?

I never get this question - I only ever get "what has been your least favorite class?"

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:12 pm

why did you transfer?
how did YOU get this screener? (as if i was unqualified)
why this market? (are you sure you want to be here... you aren't from here)
why this specific practice group?
why is "THIS THING RIGHT HERE" on your resume?
what did you do at your judicial internship? which cascaded into...
    --> oh nice, tell me about that case --> please tell me more about what that was about? --> what was the applicable law? --> what was the other case you did? --> what happened there/ what area of law? --> what else happened? --> what did the court say?... :shock: :shock: :shock: i was not expecting to recite everything i did over the summer in such detail (be prepared)
why did you get this *pwned* grade in torts when all of your other grades were much much better?

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby blsingindisguise » Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:13 pm

On my first screener ever I was asked "why did you bid X"? But my school didn't have any bid limits -- we were allowed to bid on every single firm that came, which, of course, I did. I answered truthfully. That was a mistake.

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:15 pm

Is this a gambling club? (I kind of deserved this; bad name for a school club)
Are you fluent in English? (because I had only put foreign languages under skills assuming, wrongly I guess, that it is obvious that I speak English.)
Why should we hire you?
What has been your greatest achievement?

These have been the hardest/weirdest questions; generally, I think most questions tend to be really easy.

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby anori » Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:35 pm

How common are questions about specific grades?

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby RodneyRuxin » Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:39 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Is this a gambling club? (I kind of deserved this; bad name for a school club)
Are you fluent in English? (because I had only put foreign languages under skills assuming, wrongly I guess, that it is obvious that I speak English.)
Why should we hire you?
What has been your greatest achievement?

These have been the hardest/weirdest questions; generally, I think most questions tend to be really easy.



I've also heard interviewers criticize for putting english. YMMV

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby brotherdarkness » Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:41 pm

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby jessuf » Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:41 pm

Anonymous User wrote:why did you transfer?
how did YOU get this screener? (as if i was unqualified)
why this market? (are you sure you want to be here... you aren't from here)
why this specific practice group?
why is "THIS THING RIGHT HERE" on your resume?
what did you do at your judicial internship? which cascaded into...
    --> oh nice, tell me about that case --> please tell me more about what that was about? --> what was the applicable law? --> what was the other case you did? --> what happened there/ what area of law? --> what else happened? --> what did the court say?... :shock: :shock: :shock: i was not expecting to recite everything i did over the summer in such detail (be prepared)
why did you get this *pwned* grade in torts when all of your other grades were much much better?

Oh, weird. These all happened to me too.

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:16 pm

Did you have Professor ABC?

I learned that the answer is not always "yes"

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:25 pm

Haven't been asked "why this firm" or "why this city" nearly as much as I thought I would be, but thats probably because ~2/3 of the firms I'm interviewing with are in NYC, and I want to do transactional work.




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