Anonymous User wrote:Had 2nd and 3rd round in early November / late October.
2nd Round: three ADAs, some hypos. Like every poster has said here, don't worry about knowing substantive law. They want to know what your instincts are. This interview felt way more casual (at least to me) than I had expected. They didn't really grill me, they gave me plenty of time to answer questions thoroughly before following up.
3rd Round: executive panel. This was way more intense. Panelists would jump in and interrupt me halfway through answers. We talked a lot more about substantive law. They based their questions off of my 2L summer work experience (working in DOJ section) and my writing sample. They also grilled me more about me personally: why I wanted to be an ADA, why DANY / NYC, etc.
Felt horrible after round 3, but I think that's pretty common. Just smile and try to get through it, honestly.
Anyway, no word from them yet on 4th Round or rejection. According to DANY-specific thread, rejection comes by mail, so I'm wearily keeping an eye on my mailbox.
My second round was more intense. I had one hypo, but the ADAs grilled me and they looked at me like I was crazy when I answered. At one point, one said said "Wow, that's really
your answer?" It was unnerving, but at least they seemed engaged.
Third round was completely opposite. They asked me general stuff, I probably said some stuff I shouldn't have, but I did in the interest of being completely honest. No hypo, but they asked me about a Moot Court competition I had recently won. One started to argue with me about the issue of the moot court problem, even though I agreed with him, but I had to defend my position as if I didn't. Odd. The interviewers seemed more disinterested than my first round ADA or the second round panel.