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Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby paraguayfargus » Sat Apr 25, 2015 6:12 pm

I am looking for some advice. My first interview offer in months just rolled in for a smaller firm in a city in my state. The problem is that its scheduled for the same day as my Crim Pro final.

I tried to reschedule but the firm pushed back because "this was the only day everyone would be in the office for a while." I can still make the final but would be an hour late (3 hour final). My professor said I could take it in those last two hours, but otherwise won't budge. The firm can't reschedule either... :(

Help!

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby transferror » Sat Apr 25, 2015 6:18 pm

Sounds like a big red flag for the firm. Probably insufferable people. Take the final and keep applying.

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby Br3v » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:09 pm

Man that's tough. I'd ask the administration if you can take it early/late. They want their graduates employed.

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:26 pm

Interviewing for what - this summer, next summer, permanent job postgrad? These things would make a difference to me.

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby paraguayfargus » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:32 pm

A. Nony Mouse wrote:Interviewing for what - this summer, next summer, permanent job postgrad? These things would make a difference to me.

Permanent job. I have only talked to the professor thus far, but maybe I should reach out to the administration. I just hate going above people's heads.

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby zot1 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:42 pm

transferror wrote:Sounds like a big red flag for the firm. Probably insufferable people. Take the final and keep applying.

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby encore1101 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:43 pm

I'm assuming you're a 3L?
Do you know what their office environment is otherwise like? Or do you know anyone that works at the firm presently? Because that kind of demand makes me think that they'll treat you like shit if you're hired.

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby Actus Reus » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:45 pm

Go directly to the dean of your school. If they truly care about employment, they'll move your exam.

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby paraguayfargus » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:46 pm

encore1101 wrote:I'm assuming you're a 3L?
Do you know what their office environment is otherwise like? Or do you know anyone that works at the firm presently? Because that kind of demand makes me think that they'll treat you like shit if you're hired.


Yeah I'm a 3L. I actually don't have that much insight into the firm and got the interview somehow through a mass mail. It's a mid size firm near home and they have a wide range of practice areas that I would want to try out.

I had a 'screener' that went really well and I thought the people were really cool. This is the first thing that has been off putting.

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby maxmartin » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:48 pm

paraguayfargus wrote:
A. Nony Mouse wrote:Interviewing for what - this summer, next summer, permanent job postgrad? These things would make a difference to me.

Permanent job. I have only talked to the professor thus far, but maybe I should reach out to the administration. I just hate going above people's heads.


Both your Prof and the firm are a**holes.

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby zot1 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:55 pm

paraguayfargus wrote:
encore1101 wrote:I'm assuming you're a 3L?
Do you know what their office environment is otherwise like? Or do you know anyone that works at the firm presently? Because that kind of demand makes me think that they'll treat you like shit if you're hired.


Yeah I'm a 3L. I actually don't have that much insight into the firm and got the interview somehow through a mass mail. It's a mid size firm near home and they have a wide range of practice areas that I would want to try out.

I had a 'screener' that went really well and I thought the people were really cool. This is the first thing that has been off putting.


I like Actus Reus's idea: go to the Dean.

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby jphiggo » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:57 pm

transferror wrote:Sounds like a big red flag for the firm. Probably insufferable people. Take the final and keep applying.


Agreed. Take the final and if your firm won't reschedule, realize you saved yourself from having to work with completely unreasonable people.

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby misterjames » Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:02 am

did you tell the firm that you needed to reschedule because you have a final at that time? if you did and they still didn't budge i'd run far away from them, that sounds sketchy as hell

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby Br3v » Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:31 am

Wait, I assumed OP told firm the schedule conflict was an exam. You did do that, right OP?

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby paraguayfargus » Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:10 am

Br3v wrote:Wait, I assumed OP told firm the schedule conflict was an exam. You did do that, right OP?


Yea. I did that. Frustrated. :|

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby rinkrat19 » Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:23 am

That's bizarrely shitty on the part of the firm.

But, I mean, 3lol. Might be worth it to take the exam in 2 hours and get a gentleman's B-, if going over the prof's head to the dean doesn't work.

Maybe the school would let you arrange to have your computer already in the exam room (have a friend take it), and come in an hour late, and stay an hour late to finish. Then obviously your classmates wouldn't have any chance to tell you what was on the exam.

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby paraguayfargus » Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:08 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:That's bizarrely shitty on the part of the firm.

But, I mean, 3lol. Might be worth it to take the exam in 2 hours and get a gentleman's B-, if going over the prof's head to the dean doesn't work.

Maybe the school would let you arrange to have your computer already in the exam room (have a friend take it), and come in an hour late, and stay an hour late to finish. Then obviously your classmates wouldn't have any chance to tell you what was on the exam.


Good idea. I'll try proposing this.

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby CanadianWolf » Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:12 pm

In my opinion, your law professor should be more accommodating since it is easily done as suggested in an above post.

Small law firms often want to get unanimous opinions on new hires because of the constant close interaction. It can be difficult for a law firm to get everyone together at the same time. Law school exams should be much more flexible.

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:34 am

I don't know- last semester, I caved and let a pushy firm interview me the morning of my final. I know that's not nearly as bad as taking up an hour of my actual final, but I was really frustrated and it ended up peeking through during the interview. (They predictably started with something like "How are you doing?" and I said something like "Really busy in the middle of finals but I'm making it work" or something like that, trying to make it upbeat, and one of the snarky interviewers just said "Oh well thank you for making time in your busy schedule" kind of sardonically, and after that the tone was off for the whole interview.)

And I know a job's a job, but do you really want to work for people that can't accommodate something as big as a conflict with your finals? Like they were law students once and should know how big of a deal finals are.

I wouldn't blow your grade for a shot at such a pushy place.

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby paraguayfargus » Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:06 pm

The Dean got it sorted out!
The prof had said it wasn't possible, but I am taking the exam an hour later in the dean's office. He seemed kinda pissed the prof even let it get to him and apologized to me! Wow!

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby Br3v » Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:09 pm

paraguayfargus wrote:The Dean got it sorted out!
The prof had said it wasn't possible, but I am taking the exam an hour later in the dean's office. He seemed kinda pissed the prof even let it get to him and apologized to me! Wow!


Because the dean's job depends on you getting a job, not the prof's. Congrats, now go kill that interview!

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby zot1 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:39 pm

paraguayfargus wrote:The Dean got it sorted out!
The prof had said it wasn't possible, but I am taking the exam an hour later in the dean's office. He seemed kinda pissed the prof even let it get to him and apologized to me! Wow!


Congrats! Now go get that job!

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby J9ofDiamonds » Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:16 am

I'm glad it worked out, but a few people were giving really shitty advice. OP is a 3L who is still looking for a job, and said that this was their first interview request in months. Its the end of April. Lol at telling them that they were probably lucky to avoid working with the people at that firm and that OP should just blow off the interview and take the final. If I was in that position, there is no way I am missing that interview, and I would make that clear to the dean if necessary.

edit: good luck on the interview

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby pancakes3 » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:07 am

There should be a poll see who was the bigger shithead - the firm for not caring or the prof for caring so much.

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Re: Interview / Finals Conflict

Postby UnicornHunter » Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:27 am

J9ofDiamonds wrote:I'm glad it worked out, but a few people were giving really shitty advice. OP is a 3L who is still looking for a job, and said that this was their first interview request in months. Its the end of April. Lol at telling them that they were probably lucky to avoid working with the people at that firm and that OP should just blow off the interview and take the final. If I was in that position, there is no way I am missing that interview, and I would make that clear to the dean if necessary.

edit: good luck on the interview


Yeah, this is dead on. You got law school to get a job, not take an exam.


Good luck with your interview.




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