What to Expect in an In-House Law Firm Interview

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What to Expect in an In-House Law Firm Interview

The in-house interview is the "meat" of the recruiting process. This stage of the recruiting cycle requires a substantial amount of time and energy and is also the most stressful part. The best advice I can give to you at this stage of the game is to plan, prepare, and listen to what your intuition tells you.

Firms handle the in-house interview process in different ways. Most medium to large firms will fly you to their office, put you up at a nice hotel, feed you extremely well, and roll out the red carpet to impress you. Smaller firms will be less formal and extravagant in their approach. As you talk with multiple firms, the variations between them will either be extremely subtle or be staring you in the face, so pay attention to what goes on around you during this process, as a big decision must be made at the end-where you want to work-and you'll be surprised how everything runs together after a while.


If you are looking outside the area of your law school, you'll be faced with making travel arrangements. Making these arrangements is a relatively simple exercise, but if you fumble in this elementary task, it could have an adverse effect on your chances of getting an offer. Play it safe and follow directions from the start.

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