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Will my firm know I'm interviewing at other firms?

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:09 pm

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Long story short, I'm a 3L and I interned this summer at a v100 and accepted their offer to return upon graduation. Today I saw a job posting of a V20 firm hiring for a practice group that I really want to work in, and that I won't be able to work in at the V100 firm - i.e. the firm I accepted the offer from.

I am considering applying to this v20 firm, but I'm nervous my firm will find out (and withdraw their offer/fire me?), so idk what to do. Do firms interviewing you have a policy to keep who they're interviewing confidential? Anyone experience this? Advice?

I know it might be frowned upon, but I'm not asking that, I just wanna know if my firm will find out, and if they do, will they fire me?

TLDR: Interviewing at another firm after accepting my return offer. Will my firm find out?

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Re: Will my firm know I'm interviewing at other firms?

Post by snehpets » Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:31 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:09 pm
Anonymous because revelaing sensitive information about my employment.

Long story short, I'm a 3L and I interned this summer at a v100 and accepted their offer to return upon graduation. Today I saw a job posting of a V20 firm hiring for a practice group that I really want to work in, and that I won't be able to work in at the V100 firm - i.e. the firm I accepted the offer from.

I am considering applying to this v20 firm, but I'm nervous my firm will find out (and withdraw their offer/fire me?), so idk what to do. Do firms interviewing you have a policy to keep who they're interviewing confidential? Anyone experience this? Advice?

I know it might be frowned upon, but I'm not asking that, I just wanna know if my firm will find out, and if they do, will they fire me?

TLDR: Interviewing at another firm after accepting my return offer. Will my firm find out?
Statistically speaking, it's not that likely that your firm will find out. Anecdotally, I have sometimes learned that someone is interviewing elsewhere because a friend or my SO or whatever will be like "we just had this weird [my firm] summer interview today, did you work with him?" or "we interviewed your firm's former summer today, did he get no-offered or what?" You should assume that there's at least a risk - although I assume HR personnel are told not to disclose info about applicants, in practice this happens all the time, at least on the lawyer side. Whether your firm finds out will be more a matter of numbers (i.e., the chances that someone at the V20 happens to mention it to someone at the V100) than anything else.

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