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how many lateral interviews before getting an offer?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:18 pm

Just curious.

For those who lateralled. How many applications did you send? How many interviews? How many offers?

Curious about your ratio. I was 10:3:1.

edit: this is for big law and boutiques. mid law okay too.

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Re: how many lateral interviews before getting an offer?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:21 pm

Hard to remember, since I went through recruiters. But it was probably 8:2:1.

A note on the 2:1. I was offered a callback after one of them, but I didnt accept, as I didnt like the vibe I got after the screener.

Also, for those who look at this later, applications cost you nothing, so a low yield is probably normal.

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Re: how many lateral interviews before getting an offer?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:12 pm

? applied - 6 interviews -4 offers (1 ding, 1 withdraw)

I think my recruiter only applied to six, but for all I know she applied to a lot more.
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Re: how many lateral interviews before getting an offer?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:16 pm

I got interviews from about half the places I applied. At most firms the first round seems like more of a formality so almost all of those resulted in second round interviews- I'm not a great interviewer. Got offers from 50% of the places where I did the final round interviews.

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Re: how many lateral interviews before getting an offer?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:23 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Hard to remember, since I went through recruiters. But it was probably 8:2:1.

A note on the 2:1. I was offered a callback after one of them, but I didnt accept, as I didnt like the vibe I got after the screener.

Also, for those who look at this later, applications cost you nothing, so a low yield is probably normal.


OP on this. I should note that I do corporate M&A. I think number of positions open/number of interviews/yield will depend on group.

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Re: how many lateral interviews before getting an offer?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:43 pm

Anonymous User wrote:? applied - 6 interviews -4 offers (1 ding, 1 withdraw)

I think my recruiter only applied to six, but for all I know she applied to a lot more.


wow, 6:6:4 is pretty amazing. practice area? stats?

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Re: how many lateral interviews before getting an offer?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:52 pm

??? applied, 2 interviews, 1 offer (withdrew from the other just before the in-person interview to accept the offer). Recruiter applied to some open positions on my behalf, but not sure how many (maybe 4?), and recruiter may have shopped the resume around a little, who knows. The firm I lateraled to moved really quickly and were super eager to hire, so I wasn't on the market very long.

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Re: how many lateral interviews before getting an offer?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:31 am

Biglaw: 6 formal applications, 1 informational interview, 3 formal interviews, 1 offer, 1 likely offer (turned down before final decision), 1 pigeonhole (firm decided not to hire until business picked up)

Boutiques: 2 formal applications, 1 informational interview, 1 formal interview, 1 likely offer (turned down before final decision).

In-house: 2 formal applications, 2 formal interviews, 1 offer, 1 likely offer (turned down before final decision).

Ended up with the first in-house offer.

I should note that I was very strategic about my applications. There was absolutely no spamming or blind applications. I was moving from NYC to a smaller market, and there are only ~2 dozen associates in my practice area in town, so I carefully felt out all firms before applying. I had a personal connection for both in-house jobs.

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Re: how many lateral interviews before getting an offer?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:21 pm

I was T14 grad who started in arguably shitlaw. Had maybe 10 interviews before I got an offer with a mid law firm.

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Re: how many lateral interviews before getting an offer?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:31 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:? applied - 6 interviews -4 offers (1 ding, 1 withdraw)

I think my recruiter only applied to six, but for all I know she applied to a lot more.


wow, 6:6:4 is pretty amazing. practice area? stats?


The application number should probably be taken with a grain of salt - like any good recruiter would, my recruiter did some screening by seeing if firms would be interested in a hypothetical candidate of my nature before actually applying.

I was a general lit 2nd year, HYS /w good grades, started at a well known firm. Good story about why I was leaving that firm which had been in the news a bunch at the time, so everyone accepted it. It was just a combo of decent interviewing and a good story. Plus, having a number of interviews / offers in hand really makes things go faster. If you don't pressure firms, many will take their sweet time in deciding.




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