Biglaw_Associate_V20 wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Awesome thanks. I do have a UG life sciences background and also some tech work, but have also gotten that question in all of my interviews (no jobs though ). I'll try to preempt it going forward.
Any memorable responses to "why our firm?" A couple interviewers asked this question even after admitting "they're all the same." For big firms, I've concentrated on the class of clients they attract, the number of options, and reputation. For boutiques, I've geared towards being attracted to the specialization/focus, and the communal/team feeling.
Protip: you should generally run from all the firms that say "they're all the same." They're not. The firms that say this are usually trying to compensate for being particularly sucky in one thing or another. That said, just focus on getting ANY job first before you get picky.
This is bad advice. Most associates view their firm as being relatively similar to other firms, rightfully so: all firms apply the same business model to achieve generally the same result. The differences are in personalities, which are pronounced in some firms whose reputations precede them, but generally more subtle in others. The key differences are in ways that are not really relevant to a junior associate, or at least shouldn't be.