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Lateral Hiring Timeline

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:05 pm

First year EC/VC and Entertainment associate at a mid-sized firm - worked at the firm from the end of 1L (incl. 30-40 hours per week during 2L and 3L). Graduated Top 15% at a T1.

Applied for a junior associate position at an office outside of my current market, and received a follow-up email from recruiting a couple days later asking for more information (my current firm's IT department is interminably slow, and I wasn't on the website 8 months after starting - firm I applied to wanted to know why). I had thought this was a good sign, and that I'd get a call for an interview shortly, but I still haven't heard back from this firm. My only experience with recruiting is through OCI, where things move fairly quickly. Is lateral hiring the same, or can I expect the process to be more drawn out (and thus not necessarily expect a ding)?

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Re: Lateral Hiring Timeline

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:18 pm

In my experience, lateral hiring varies depending on the firm. My first lateral move (from government to a small firm) happened all within 2 weeks from application, to interview, to offer. My next lateral move (from small firm to biglaw) took 3 months from application, to interview, to offer.

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Re: Lateral Hiring Timeline

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:21 pm

OP here. Should add - I'm looking to move to a big firm so that I can (hopefully) get more sophisticated work and do work for more mature companies, in addition to early stage ventures.

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Re: Lateral Hiring Timeline

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:38 pm

My experience is that it really depends on how urgent the company is to bring in new bodies. I've recently been applying and one firm got back to me within 2 days. Another firm has been sitting on my resume for 2 weeks. That's just how it goes.

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Re: Lateral Hiring Timeline

Postby nealric » Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:32 am

Anonymous User wrote:First year EC/VC and Entertainment associate at a mid-sized firm - worked at the firm from the end of 1L (incl. 30-40 hours per week during 2L and 3L). Graduated Top 15% at a T1.

Applied for a junior associate position at an office outside of my current market, and received a follow-up email from recruiting a couple days later asking for more information (my current firm's IT department is interminably slow, and I wasn't on the website 8 months after starting - firm I applied to wanted to know why). I had thought this was a good sign, and that I'd get a call for an interview shortly, but I still haven't heard back from this firm. My only experience with recruiting is through OCI, where things move fairly quickly. Is lateral hiring the same, or can I expect the process to be more drawn out (and thus not necessarily expect a ding)?


It can be drawn out or it can be quick- all depends on the need. It's not unusual for things to move slower than OCI.



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