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How to prepare for callbacks?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 23, 2009 7:12 pm

I have absolutely no idea what happens at callback interviews, other than that you speak to 4-6 people for half hour each. Will these half-hour chats be like the OCI screening interviews? Are they more substantive? Are there questions that are typically asked at callbacks but not at OCI screening interviews?

Also, if the firm doesn't tell you to bring anything, do you need to bring writing sample, list of references, etc? For firms that say such things aren't required during the callback, will they eventually ask for them at some point?

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Re: How to prepare for callbacks?

Postby XxSpyKEx » Sun Aug 23, 2009 7:43 pm

I'm interested in this as well.

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Re: How to prepare for callbacks?

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Anonymous User wrote:I have absolutely no idea what happens at callback interviews, other than that you speak to 4-6 people for half hour each. Will these half-hour chats be like the OCI screening interviews? Are they more substantive? Are there questions that are typically asked at callbacks but not at OCI screening interviews?

Also, if the firm doesn't tell you to bring anything, do you need to bring writing sample, list of references, etc? For firms that say such things aren't required during the callback, will they eventually ask for them at some point?


I had a callback last week (NYC) and the interviews were very similar to OCI. I met with three partners for 30 mins apiece and no one asked anything I hadn't heard in OCI interviews. The one thing you'll need a kick-ass answer to is "Why this firm?" Also, it absolutely FLEW by.

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Re: How to prepare for callbacks?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 24, 2009 12:42 am

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Anonymous User wrote:I have absolutely no idea what happens at callback interviews, other than that you speak to 4-6 people for half hour each. Will these half-hour chats be like the OCI screening interviews? Are they more substantive? Are there questions that are typically asked at callbacks but not at OCI screening interviews?

Also, if the firm doesn't tell you to bring anything, do you need to bring writing sample, list of references, etc? For firms that say such things aren't required during the callback, will they eventually ask for them at some point?


I had a callback last week (NYC) and the interviews were very similar to OCI. I met with three partners for 30 mins apiece and no one asked anything I hadn't heard in OCI interviews. The one thing you'll need a kick-ass answer to is "Why this firm?" Also, it absolutely FLEW by.


Thanks. Did they ask you to bring anything to the callback? Did you bring anything?

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Re: How to prepare for callbacks?

Postby underdawg » Mon Aug 24, 2009 12:44 am

Anonymous User wrote:I have absolutely no idea what happens at callback interviews, other than that you speak to 4-6 people for half hour each. Will these half-hour chats be like the OCI screening interviews? Are they more substantive? Are there questions that are typically asked at callbacks but not at OCI screening interviews?

Also, if the firm doesn't tell you to bring anything, do you need to bring writing sample, list of references, etc? For firms that say such things aren't required during the callback, will they eventually ask for them at some point?

well nyc firms generally don't ask for writing samples/references ever. if they don't ask for them at the CB, i'd think that they don't ever need them.

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Re: How to prepare for callbacks?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 24, 2009 12:45 am

underdawg wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I have absolutely no idea what happens at callback interviews, other than that you speak to 4-6 people for half hour each. Will these half-hour chats be like the OCI screening interviews? Are they more substantive? Are there questions that are typically asked at callbacks but not at OCI screening interviews?

Also, if the firm doesn't tell you to bring anything, do you need to bring writing sample, list of references, etc? For firms that say such things aren't required during the callback, will they eventually ask for them at some point?

well nyc firms generally don't ask for writing samples/references ever. if they don't ask for them at the CB, i'd think that they don't ever need them.



Akin Gump requires references. It's on their callback info sheet.

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Re: How to prepare for callbacks?

Postby underdawg » Mon Aug 24, 2009 12:46 am

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underdawg wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I have absolutely no idea what happens at callback interviews, other than that you speak to 4-6 people for half hour each. Will these half-hour chats be like the OCI screening interviews? Are they more substantive? Are there questions that are typically asked at callbacks but not at OCI screening interviews?

Also, if the firm doesn't tell you to bring anything, do you need to bring writing sample, list of references, etc? For firms that say such things aren't required during the callback, will they eventually ask for them at some point?

well nyc firms generally don't ask for writing samples/references ever. if they don't ask for them at the CB, i'd think that they don't ever need them.



Akin Gump requires references. It's on their callback info sheet.

bully for you

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Re: How to prepare for callbacks?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 24, 2009 12:48 am

underdawg wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
underdawg wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I have absolutely no idea what happens at callback interviews, other than that you speak to 4-6 people for half hour each. Will these half-hour chats be like the OCI screening interviews? Are they more substantive? Are there questions that are typically asked at callbacks but not at OCI screening interviews?

Also, if the firm doesn't tell you to bring anything, do you need to bring writing sample, list of references, etc? For firms that say such things aren't required during the callback, will they eventually ask for them at some point?

well nyc firms generally don't ask for writing samples/references ever. if they don't ask for them at the CB, i'd think that they don't ever need them.



Akin Gump requires references. It's on their callback info sheet.

bully for you



huh?

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Re: How to prepare for callbacks?

Postby XxSpyKEx » Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:01 am

Who do you use for references? Profs where you did good in their class?

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Re: How to prepare for callbacks?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:23 am

XxSpyKEx wrote:Who do you use for references? Profs where you did good in their class?



and summer job bosses.

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Re: How to prepare for callbacks?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:27 am

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Anonymous User wrote:I have absolutely no idea what happens at callback interviews, other than that you speak to 4-6 people for half hour each. Will these half-hour chats be like the OCI screening interviews? Are they more substantive? Are there questions that are typically asked at callbacks but not at OCI screening interviews?

Also, if the firm doesn't tell you to bring anything, do you need to bring writing sample, list of references, etc? For firms that say such things aren't required during the callback, will they eventually ask for them at some point?


I had a callback last week (NYC) and the interviews were very similar to OCI. I met with three partners for 30 mins apiece and no one asked anything I hadn't heard in OCI interviews. The one thing you'll need a kick-ass answer to is "Why this firm?" Also, it absolutely FLEW by.


Thanks. Did they ask you to bring anything to the callback? Did you bring anything?


No, and my callback letter specifically said "you do not need to bring any paperwork to the interview" (the exception would be if something on your resume has been updated since the initial screening interview)

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Re: How to prepare for callbacks?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:11 pm

Had a callback today, agreed that it's basically just a string of screening interviews. Definitely be prepared to ask questions though since all of them left time for questions from me.

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Re: How to prepare for callbacks?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:37 am

Anonymous User wrote:Had a callback today, agreed that it's basically just a string of screening interviews. Definitely be prepared to ask questions though since all of them left time for questions from me.


did they tell you how long it'd take for you to hear back?

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Re: How to prepare for callbacks?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:35 am

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Anonymous User wrote:Had a callback today, agreed that it's basically just a string of screening interviews. Definitely be prepared to ask questions though since all of them left time for questions from me.


did they tell you how long it'd take for you to hear back?


Nope, unfortunately forgot to ask. Most likely a while since they haven't even finished screening interviews at other schools?

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Re: How to prepare for callbacks?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:47 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Had a callback today, agreed that it's basically just a string of screening interviews. Definitely be prepared to ask questions though since all of them left time for questions from me.


did they tell you how long it'd take for you to hear back?


mine (NYC) told me a couple weeks. I think it depends on how often the hiring committee meets which will vary by firm.




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