Thanks for your patronage in what has been a phenomenal year for us and our users. At my firm, we have just sent off our summer associates, finished off the recruiting season, and are seeing the acceptances and declines trickle in. All in all, people are making good choices, and getting good results. Soon, the newest associates will show up.
I was at a cocktail party at the firm last night, and chatted with a few people, one partner, a couple of mid levels, and a senior associate, about the folks they’ve been interviewing over the past few days. What they said reminded me to write this article.
By the type of questions they ask, callback interviewers can be roughly broken into two types:
Hey folks, callback season has begun. Partners have been out on OCIs across the country the past few weeks, and the results are trickling in from campuses. At our firm, we are anticipating up to 30 call-back interviewees per day over the course of the next two weeks, and I myself have been interviewing two or three candidates a week.
Hey folks, check out our guest article on the Girl’s Guide to Law School, on dealing with adverse facts during interviews.
Today I interviewed someone for callback, and if you haven’t read our articles before, I work at a V15 firm. Now, if you know a lot about NYC white shoe firms and their interviewing timelines, you might wonder, how has this guy secured an interview even before OCI has begun at most T10 schools? The answer: he didn’t.
Readers: from June 13th onwards, we will be doing an articles series. A new article will appear each week containing practical tips on interviewing, as we count the weeks to the start of OCI.
First article: 3 ways to project confidence in interviews.
Second article: 5 tips for men on how to dress for your interview.
Fourth Article: Bids must be submitted soon. Here’s what you must think about.
Fifth Article: A reminder, start early, be prepared.
The common wisdom is that interviewing for law firms is largely about numbers – primarily your GPA and the rank of your school – and the interview itself is largely a formality. At most, interviews act as a filter to screen out the worst applicants, the ones who show up to the interview wearing shorts or something.