In-House Counsel Interview Rounds

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In-House Counsel Interview Rounds

Post by Anonymous User » Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:56 am

While some of this is certainly company specific, was wondering how many interview rounds are typically required for an in-house role.

Every interview I’ve had typically began with a call with HR, but after that the process has varied. I’d imagine this would be quite useful for all of us looking to make the move, so if there’s a consensus (and a representative number of responses) I can edit this post to reflect the typical number of rounds for future reference (see below).

Round 1: Phone Interview with HR
(Typical response time - 2 weeks)

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Re: In-House Counsel Interview Rounds

Post by jhett » Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:27 pm

The most I've experienced is four:
1. HR screener phone interview
2. Would-be supervisor phone interview
3. First round in-person interview
4. Second round in-person interview (when they narrow to 2-3 finalists)

Step 4 doesn't happen if they can narrow down the field to one person in step 3. Occasionally step 2 is skipped if your application is very strong on paper.

Timing is all over the place, depending on the company and other factors (e.g., interviewer's schedules). Generally, companies move quickly through steps 1 and 2 (~1-2 weeks), but steps 3 and 4 usually take longer because the decisions on who to move forward with are more difficult.

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Re: In-House Counsel Interview Rounds

Post by nealric » Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:24 pm

Anonymous User wrote:While some of this is certainly company specific, was wondering how many interview rounds are typically required for an in-house role.

Every interview I’ve had typically began with a call with HR, but after that the process has varied. I’d imagine this would be quite useful for all of us looking to make the move, so if there’s a consensus (and a representative number of responses) I can edit this post to reflect the typical number of rounds for future reference (see below).

Round 1: Phone Interview with HR
(Typical response time - 2 weeks)
It's hard to generalize. I did sort of 2.5 when I was hired. First round and second were on one day- HR interview + departmental interview. Second was with the department head, and in retrospect was more of a formality (I was in town and asked to stop by). However, the next attorney we hired did an additional lunch interview because it was down to two candidates and we needed more experience to decide. Different companies are more or less rigid on hiring procedures.

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Re: In-House Counsel Interview Rounds

Post by dabigchina » Wed Oct 30, 2019 3:33 pm

Some companies will also do an extra call with the recruiter to prep you for the first in person round and set expectations. Not a real interview, but you shouldn't be surprised if this happens. This seems to be a somewhat common practice in the tech industry.

A lot of times, the second in person round will be very short (1 or 2 people at most) and will consist of more senior people than who you will be interacting with day to day (think gc, cfo). Some companies will have people go through another round as matter of course.

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Re: In-House Counsel Interview Rounds

Post by Anonymous User » Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:59 am

dabigchina wrote:Some companies will also do an extra call with the recruiter to prep you for the first in person round and set expectations. Not a real interview, but you shouldn't be surprised if this happens. This seems to be a somewhat common practice in the tech industry.

A lot of times, the second in person round will be very short (1 or 2 people at most) and will consist of more senior people than who you will be interacting with day to day (think gc, cfo). Some companies will have people go through another round as matter of course.
The above loosely describes my interview process in the tech industry. I had effectively 3 rounds + interview with the recruiter. Here was the sequence:
1) Phone interview with the recruiter (very light screener)
2) Phone interview with the GC
3) On-site interview with 3 c-suite execs + one team member (DGC)
4) On-site interview with CEO

All of the above took about 2 months.

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Re: In-House Counsel Interview Rounds

Post by Anonymous User » Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:12 pm

Went in house at a Fortune 200 healthcare company a few years ago. All told, process took exactly 3 months from my initial application to my offer letter.
- Initial phone screener with company recruiter
- Phone interview with head of the team I applied to
- On-site half-day interview with entire team and several others in the legal department
- Final interview with VP of Legal (person right below GC)

I learned later after I accepted the role that they brought 5 people on-site for the half-day interview and had myself and one other candidate do the VP Legal interview. Have to say it was somewhat frustrating, but I've been very glad I went in house.

This process, amazingly, was considered fast for my company, as many of our roles take 4+ months to fill.

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Re: In-House Counsel Interview Rounds

Post by Anonymous User » Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:26 pm

I'm heading to a Fortune 100 Company for a Summer Associate position. Went like this:

Application late October
Invited to office for interview late November
Interview early December. 20 minute chill 2-on-1 info session with young attorney, then a trio of 20-minute interviews with senior staff
Offer next day

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Re: In-House Counsel Interview Rounds

Post by Anonymous User » Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:37 pm

To offer another data point. In-house job at F100 in the Fin Servs industry. The process took about 2 to 2.5 months total from initial interview to offer letter. Inital application was about two months before first interview (though it crossed over all of the fall/winter holidays).

- Initial phone interview with head of team and senior attorney with plans to retire
- On-site full day interview with full team, the VP below GC, some others in legal and GC
- Initial offer came later that week, followed by background/reference check with offer letter coming about 2-3 weeks later

All told, though I have no regrets about the move, it was an excruciating and stressful process. The full day interview was painfully long to the point where my brain was shutting down by the time I sat with the GC--an interview that was thrown in last minute since the GC wound up having availability to meet with me. And I won't bore you with details of the background/reference check process.

But anyway, despite having a different experience, I think the 3-4 rounds mostly referenced ITT would be the normal case for my company as well. The morning of my full-day, I was told they would discuss my full-day interview and then invite me back to talk with the GC as a third round. By the afternoon however, they simply decided to squeeze the GC interview in that same evening.

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Re: In-House Counsel Interview Rounds

Post by kaiser » Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:53 pm

I received 2 in-house offers during my search, one from a large media company and the other from a major hospitality organization:

Offer 1 was in my home market, so multiple rounds was not an issue. It was a very extensive, drawn-out process that took nearly 4 months from the initial call to the offer:
1. Phone screener with head of recruiting (30 min)
2. In-person interview with 4 different people in legal department (2 hrs)
3. Another in-person interview with another 4 people in legal and related departments (2 hrs)
4. A final round interview with GC and some of the top executives (2 hrs)

Offer 2 was not in my market, so they worked with me to limit it to one in-person visit. The process was fast, and was about 1 month between the initial call and the offer:
1. Phone screener with recruiting rep (30 min)
2. Half-day of interviewing, with nearly the entire legal department (4 hrs)

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Re: In-House Counsel Interview Rounds

Post by run26.2 » Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:05 am

Anonymous User wrote:
dabigchina wrote:Some companies will also do an extra call with the recruiter to prep you for the first in person round and set expectations. Not a real interview, but you shouldn't be surprised if this happens. This seems to be a somewhat common practice in the tech industry.

A lot of times, the second in person round will be very short (1 or 2 people at most) and will consist of more senior people than who you will be interacting with day to day (think gc, cfo). Some companies will have people go through another round as matter of course.
The above loosely describes my interview process in the tech industry. I had effectively 3 rounds + interview with the recruiter. Here was the sequence:
1) Phone interview with the recruiter (very light screener)
2) Phone interview with the GC
3) On-site interview with 3 c-suite execs + one team member (DGC)
4) On-site interview with CEO

All of the above took about 2 months.
Didn't mean to post anonymously. The above was me.

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Re: In-House Counsel Interview Rounds

Post by 1styearlateral » Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:06 pm

kaiser wrote:I received 2 in-house offers during my search, one from a large media company and the other from a major hospitality organization:

Offer 1 was in my home market, so multiple rounds was not an issue. It was a very extensive, drawn-out process that took nearly 4 months from the initial call to the offer:
1. Phone screener with head of recruiting (30 min)
2. In-person interview with 4 different people in legal department (2 hrs)
3. Another in-person interview with another 4 people in legal and related departments (2 hrs)
4. A final round interview with GC and some of the top executives (2 hrs)

Offer 2 was not in my market, so they worked with me to limit it to one in-person visit. The process was fast, and was about 1 month between the initial call and the offer:
1. Phone screener with recruiting rep (30 min)
2. Half-day of interviewing, with nearly the entire legal department (4 hrs)
Do you mind disclosing prospective comp at both of these places, size of the companies, and seniority of the position?

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Re: In-House Counsel Interview Rounds

Post by kaiser » Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:27 pm

1styearlateral wrote:
kaiser wrote:I received 2 in-house offers during my search, one from a large media company and the other from a major hospitality organization:

Offer 1 was in my home market, so multiple rounds was not an issue. It was a very extensive, drawn-out process that took nearly 4 months from the initial call to the offer:
1. Phone screener with head of recruiting (30 min)
2. In-person interview with 4 different people in legal department (2 hrs)
3. Another in-person interview with another 4 people in legal and related departments (2 hrs)
4. A final round interview with GC and some of the top executives (2 hrs)

Offer 2 was not in my market, so they worked with me to limit it to one in-person visit. The process was fast, and was about 1 month between the initial call and the offer:
1. Phone screener with recruiting rep (30 min)
2. Half-day of interviewing, with nearly the entire legal department (4 hrs)
Do you mind disclosing prospective comp at both of these places, size of the companies, and seniority of the position?
I had 6 years of experience when I left, so both of these offers were for "counsel"-level positions that are essentially the most junior in their respective legal departments. At either company, I would have been the most junior attorney in the department. Comp at option 1 was just under $240k once you factor in salary, bonus, equity, etc. Comp at option 2 was around $185k all in but in a market with a far lower cost of living.

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Re: In-House Counsel Interview Rounds

Post by Anonymous User » Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:28 am

1.Phone Screener with HR
2.In-person interview with AGC and senior attorney
3. In-person interview with GC and 3 other senior attroneys (essentially met everyone on team by the end of this)

Took about 2 weeks to go from #1 to #2. Took 2 days to go to #3. Got an offer a week after #3. Most junior attorney on team with about 3 years of big law experience, $270k all-in, financial institution.

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