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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby JusticeJackson » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:26 pm

Anonymous User wrote:so apparantly there was a typo on my resume my both me and my counselor missed. On a portion of my resume I wrote trials as trails. So at the end of the interview the partner underlines that part and says "this says trails you might want to change that before you hand it out to other ppl some ppl are crazy about that" this was a blessing, I've heard terrible things about the place and the unpleasant nature of their interviews so I'm glad I don't have to worry about a callback.


I actually don’t think this is a deal breaker and I think he probably did you a solid. Ive recommended hiring people that had a typo or two in their application where the application was otherwise solid. And this is like a “your fly is undone” move. Sure it’s a little awkward, but would you rather walk around all day with your pants unzipped?

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:27 pm

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During OCI, I walked into a very hostile interview room. They were cold from the moment I walked in. I was personable and genuinely tried to connect to my interviewers but they weren't interested.
They asked me one "tell me about yourself" general question and I babbled on a little bit when I noticed that one of my interviewers was filling out my review right in front of me and circling that I was "average" for all categories. This was about 5 minutes in and I was stuck in a conversation with these people for 15 more minutes. I have a decent GPA and I am a good interviewer. I have no idea why this guy was such a dick.


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I'm LGBT and out on my resume. I also am straight-passing/not a person that people expect to be LGBT. I had a screener with a Conservative firm with a Conservative city's office ask me through coded language if I was gay. Something like, "so what are you *doing* with [LGBT group on campus]?" She was extremely uncomfortable and so was I. Didn't get a CB :)

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby xjustyoursmile » Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:52 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I said these 2 things in interviews.

First OCI during 1L with biggest firm in my hometown. In fact, this was my first job interview ever. After a minute or two of small talk partner asks "so what has been your favorite part about law school so far?" After stammering around a bit I respond "well I like working hard, so it's mainly been being up in the library and gettin' down to business." No callback.

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A few years back, Callback from OCI. Interviewer asks me about firm I worked for 1L summer, and what type of work they do. I respond by telling him the firm's 2 main practice areas. And then for some reason, I proceed to expand. I tell him that because the firm was smaller in size they have to take whatever business they can get at times-then I say "In other words, they have to shoot whatever Indian comes over the hill at the time." Offer.

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Also, in an interview with a boutique lit firm, I was asked the question, "do you believe in criminal punishment and retribution or friendly rehabilitation?" Then I was asked "So are you comfortable taking out the trash and vacuuming the floors". . . this was in a skyscraper building that obviously had a highly trained property management staff.


I'd never give an offer based on that Indian comment.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:51 pm

Anonymous User wrote:1. Partner at very prestigious firm while examining my resume asked if my gpa was top 10%. It’s not, which I told him. Just a bit of an odd interviewer overall. Still ended up getting an offer though.

if this partner spent a lot of time talking about clerking for a very famous SCOTUS justice I had the exact same experience (and also got an offer). extremely weird start to an interview

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:48 pm

Horrible CB with partner. On his computer the whole time, not looking at me. Asking strange questions and insulting my academic record (above median at a t-14). Looked at me for one minute without saying anything and ended the interview early.

He sent me an email later saying he enjoyed talking to me. No offer.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:52 pm

It was my last of like 30 screeners in a week. Smaller biglaw/midlaw firm. They tell me they do three things in the office, none of which are antitrust. They ask me what I'm interested in and I say antitrust. No CB.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:01 pm

Anonymous User wrote:It was my last of like 30 screeners in a week. Smaller biglaw/midlaw firm. They tell me they do three things in the office, none of which are antitrust. They ask me what I'm interested in and I say antitrust. No CB.


Lol, was this just because you were tired and it was a mistake? Or you just didn't care anymore?

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:05 pm

Interview with midsize firm. Guy interviewing me has no personality, seems quite miserable (partner). Asks me ''what would you do if you got two assignments that were urgent but you could not finish both on time.'' I give a fake little laugh and say ''Come ask you what to do! haha''. He stares at me, completely unamused. I then answered the question, but needless to say, that office was miserable and I walked out hoping I'd never hear from them again.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby SFSpartan » Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:13 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Interview with midsize firm. Guy interviewing me has no personality, seems quite miserable (partner). Asks me ''what would you do if you got two assignments that were urgent but you could not finish both on time.'' I give a fake little laugh and say ''Come ask you what to do! haha''. He stares at me, completely unamused. I then answered the question, but needless to say, that office was miserable and I walked out hoping I'd never hear from them again.


This scenario really isn't that uncommon and will probably happen to you more than once (i.e. this problem isn't confined to sweatshoppy firms), and you really shouldn't need to run to a partner, senior associate, or midlevel with every single question you have.

When you have two urgent assignments, and can't do both in time, you need to be able to assess which one you are going to do, when you'll get it done by, and then communicate with the person that gave you the other assignment that you won't be able to get their thing done on time (include a conservative estimate of when you'll get to their thing), so that they can find someone else to do it if necessary. When you get this question in the future, this is the proper way to answer it.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:59 pm

During my Arnold & Porter OCI screener, I kept referring to the firm as "Arnold Palmer." Still got a callback.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby lavarman84 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:37 pm

SFSpartan wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Interview with midsize firm. Guy interviewing me has no personality, seems quite miserable (partner). Asks me ''what would you do if you got two assignments that were urgent but you could not finish both on time.'' I give a fake little laugh and say ''Come ask you what to do! haha''. He stares at me, completely unamused. I then answered the question, but needless to say, that office was miserable and I walked out hoping I'd never hear from them again.


This scenario really isn't that uncommon and will probably happen to you more than once (i.e. this problem isn't confined to sweatshoppy firms), and you really shouldn't need to run to a partner, senior associate, or midlevel with every single question you have.

When you have two urgent assignments, and can't do both in time, you need to be able to assess which one you are going to do, when you'll get it done by, and then communicate with the person that gave you the other assignment that you won't be able to get their thing done on time (include a conservative estimate of when you'll get to their thing), so that they can find someone else to do it if necessary. When you get this question in the future, this is the proper way to answer it.


Or you could give the best answer: "Do neither. I don't want to play favorites."

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:04 pm

Anonymous User wrote:During my Arnold & Porter OCI screener, I kept referring to the firm as "Arnold Palmer." Still got a callback.


LOL I hope I didn't do this! I definitely had to stop myself a couple times!

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:14 pm

Saw the interviewing partner was at his prior firm for 15 years before moving to the firm I was currently interviewing with. Asked him "So I see you spent many years at another firm and by all means were probably very successful there, so what about this firm convinced you to join them?" I thought this was a good softball question for him to espouse the amazing culture, stuff like that. His response? Several seconds of silence, and then "Well... Dewey collapsed, so I has no other choice."

I did not get the offer.

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Re: Bad Interview Moments

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:20 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:It was my last of like 30 screeners in a week. Smaller biglaw/midlaw firm. They tell me they do three things in the office, none of which are antitrust. They ask me what I'm interested in and I say antitrust. No CB.


Lol, was this just because you were tired and it was a mistake? Or you just didn't care anymore?


Honestly a little bit of both. If I wasn't so tired, maybe I would have cared more.



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