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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby lmr » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:37 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Did you have Professor ABC?

I learned that the answer is not always "yes"


why would you even fake having a professor? that has a lot of ways of going badly.

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby brotherdarkness » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:37 pm

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby JenDarby » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:39 pm

"What were you like in high school?"

- White & Case partner

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby sap » Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:05 pm

A lot of "why did you transfer" (obviously, I transferred so not everyone gets this, but everyone had asked some version), once asked me to teach him something, one asked the "tell me about a time you've encountered friction" (really wanted to describe my drive to the interview because physics, but thought that might come off douchey), one asked me to explain the bidding process at my school.

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby michaelbluth » Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:17 pm

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:22 pm

anori wrote:How common are questions about specific grades?

Only had one day of interviews so far, but most of my interviewers didn't even look at my transcript (I think only 2 today did, and 1 of those was looking at what I was taking next semester).

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Kage3212 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:05 am

Lots of great info in this thread....keep it coming!

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby name of user » Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:23 am

Tell me about an ethical dilemma you've faced. What did you decide to do, and why?

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:01 am

If you were a fruit, what kinda fucking fruit would you be?

What was your hardest decision?

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby potted plant » Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:13 am

brotherdarkness wrote:After saying hello, I was handed a deck of cards and asked to do a trick... Seriously.

"How would you manage with having to give up social media for a week?"

"Tell me something that's not on your resume?"

"Where do you see yourself in five years?"

A lot of the questions in this thread are pretty terrible, but this is by far the stupidest. What is the fucking point of this?

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:17 am

"Tell me about a time when you went beyond the call of duty"

"How did you get from there to here?" (exact words)

"Tell me about an interesting case on which you worked for [Judge]" -- followed by 10 min chat about the law in that area, the facts of the case, my position on the legal question, and how the judge ruled. Got this MULTIPLE times.

"You realize litigation involves a lot of boring tasks, right?"

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby harbin » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:45 am

Do you think you are ready for the challenges of (insert practice area)?

Why don't you want to be in (X city on resume)?

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby harbin » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:50 am

Anonymous User wrote: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.


Opposite experience, every NY firm has consistently asked me why NYC because I've lived pretty much everywhere but NY.

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby hephaestus » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:05 am

What's your SAT score? Seriously.

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Danger Zone » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:07 am

I wouldn't even be able to remember it.

A lot of these questions are fucking awful and would just get a blank stare from me.

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby envisciguy » Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:10 am

If I asked you to write a Wikipedia page for yourself, including five years from now, what would it say?
Which class in law school got you really interested in the law?
What are you looking for in a law firm?
How do you plan to get involved/give back to the city X community?

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby sap » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:08 am

Also, several times yesterday, "what are you looking for in a summer program?" So know whether the firm has a mentor or more of a free-for-all assignment program, whether you're being hired into a department or whether you're being hired to explore the wonders of the law.

I just want to return with "an offer" or "I don't care what the summer program looks like, I want to know what Associate life looks like."

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Danger Zone » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:23 am

I've been pretty candid with stupid questions like that. One firm, who practices almost exclusively in X area, asked me "Why do you want to spend the rest of your life in X practice area?" I responded that I actually wasn't positive, but I did have a strong interest and was willing to try it and hope for the best. Fuck them if they wanted more of a commitment than that.

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Ohiobumpkin » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:27 am

Interviewer: "If you were a pencil trapped in a blender, how would you get out?"
Me: "Uhhh...."

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby blsingindisguise » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:28 am

sap wrote:I just want to return with "an offer" or "I don't care what the summer program looks like, I want to know what Associate life looks like."


The latter could work with some interviewers if you phrased it more diplomatically. I once told an interviewer at a reach firm that the summer activities and the fine dining and the perks weren't really what was important to me, that I was married and already had several years of work experience and that I wanted to be at the firm because I wanted to make my career there, not because I was looking for a fun summer. He really liked that and I got a callback (though I did not get the offer).

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby brotherdarkness » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:29 am

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby fadedsunrise » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:51 pm

Piggybacking on firms that harp on why X city, it seems Orange County cares a lot about why Orange County too. Firms would ask me "Why do you want to practice in Orange County?" My undergrad was in the city of Orange, and I just said I enjoyed that experience more than LA and see it as a long term fit because of reason x, y and z. Apparently some didn't think it was a good enough answer and continued to press as to whether I had family in Orange County or whether I still live there.

Dafuq, what else do these people want o_O

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:54 pm

harbin wrote:
Anonymous User wrote: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.


Opposite experience, every NY firm has consistently asked me why NYC because I've lived pretty much everywhere but NY.

(same anon as before)
Had a NYC firm (Jones Day) ask me "Why NYC" today. Also had a firm from a smaller market ask where I wanted to practice (though not specifically "why our market"). Still, I'm surprised so many NYC firms have been asking you. I don't have any prior law school NYC ties (but go to a non-NY law school that feeds heavily into NYC).

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:32 am

"Mac or PC?"
"If I could only tell the hiring committee one thing about you, what should I say?"
"What was your most forgettable 1L class?"
"If you could change one thing about the way law school works, what would it be?"
"If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?"
"I have your transcript in front of me but I'm supposed to ask for your transcript so can I have a copy of your transcript so I can add it to my collection and humor the hiring partner?"
"Would you want to work in London?" (asked by a firm without a London office.)
"Why us instead of Skadden or Cravath?" (asked by a V100)
"Do you work with a study group or on your own?"
"What class are you most looking forward to taking?"
"Why didn't you transfer?"

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Re: Interview questions you've been asked

Postby hoos89 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 2:22 am

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