Anonymous User wrote:So if I'm bidding Chicago and doing NYC as a backup, and the Chicago firms ask about where else I'm bidding what can I say without spooking them? I don't want to straight up lie but I also don't want to say anything about NYC that will make them think I am indifferent between Chicago and NYC. I would really prefer Chicago but I would also prefer employment to unemployment, hence the NYC bids.
Basically that, to be honest.
Depending on practice area, you can say that you're more interested in working on high-level work than location, but that you'd strongly prefer Chicago if possible.
Be sure to include why you like Chicago, why it'd be preferable to NY, etc. Really really sell it. It's hard to tell you exactly what to say because you'll have to make the answer your own and include personal stories.
Maybe someone else can weigh in with a better answer...