acr wrote: They have to understand that there are literally zero applicants only applying in one city, especially if it's a smaller one.
UVA2B wrote: Is there any job fair, hiring market, etc. where a potential associate can realistically claim they aren't interviewing in other markets (outside NYC possibly)?
Not sure where these sentiments are coming from. If it is willful hyperbole then that's fine, but I am applying exclusively to a single, non-NYC market and won't be taking interviews anywhere else, and I know others who are as well. Not saying it's common (and I realize this isn't particularly relevant to the main discussion), but multiple posters asserting this was something that didn't even exist surprised me.
You're right, it was probably a bit sensationalist and hyperbolic. There are instances where someone could
exclusively bid one non-NYC market (like Harvard wanting TX, for instance). But it's just rare when the right school, market, and grades lines up where all of a person's OCI bids goes into a single market unless that market is NYC. There will be people who can bid DC, TX, CA, etc. exclusively, but the vast majority of people going into a hiring event will be/should be bidding and interviewing in multiple cities.
Sorry for overstating things a bit, but the overall point is that interviewers are mostly aware that the interviewee very well could be interviewing in multiple markets, so as long as the person redirects any question of if they're interviewing in other markets by talking about why they're most interested in the current firm's market, it should be fine. You don't have to openly admit you're interviewing in other markets, but you don't have to lie about it exactly either.