TatteredDignity wrote:dixiecupdrinking wrote:I discussed exit options a couple of times in my interviews and it went over fine. I never brought it up unprompted, but there were times when the conversation would naturally lead in that direction. If someone starts asking you about your long-term career plans, then I think the best move is to say why going to the firm would fit with your goals, for instance if they have a practice that links with government work that's of interest to you, if you happen to know they've sent a lot of people to certain offices, etc. Of course, temper it by saying that you hope to stay in private practice with the firm for the foreseeable future and if things work out then you'd be thrilled to stay as a partner, etc. But your interviewer knows as well as you (actually, better than you) that you are really unlikely to stay forever, nor do they want you to. Pretending that your whole goal in life is to work at this law firm just makes you look naive.
I handled it this way in an interview yesterday with a big NYC firm. We'll see if I get a callback. #smallsamplesizebutstill
This is basically how I handled it. I was a bit more aggressive but had that luxury after discussing my non-legal prior work experience. It gave me the chance to say things like "I know I can't predict the future so I like having options. Whether I end up shooting for partner or moving on to somewhere like [valid example of where some of their associates go] I know that working for you would be a valuable opportunity." In the best cases it showed that I had researched the firm and had specific reasons to want to work there. Some interviewers responded very well to it and I got callbacks at their firms. Others not so much. But I'm happy with the offers I got out of it.
You have to be able to say it naturally if you do. Interviews are long conversations and anything that comes up should be appropriate for the conversation.