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Interviewed for 6 different jobs, no offers

Seem to be getting a good amount of interviews , but not clo tom_foolery12/28/16
If they interviewing 2-3 candidates for every job you will g feic12/28/16
Depends on how many are making the first and second rounds. loblawyer12/28/16
That's the reality today. I went through many interviews ov imoothereforeim12/28/16
It also depends on how immediate the need is and how long th jdtrash12/29/16
This sucks but keep your head up. Callbacks are a good sign. tcpaul12/29/16
Same situation. I thought it'd be easy once I had a few yea prestiiigiousone01/06/17
Was in the same boat man. Takes time. Keep your head up. It' mtobeinf01/07/17
Very common. It's a good sign you are getting so many inter therover01/07/17
One thing I never understood was the fact that some companie rising1l01/07/17
look at it from the other side: the powers that be don't ha dingbat01/07/17
To add to that, my last job: 1) interview with headhunter dingbat01/07/17
That's pretty much how mine went. Not big law. Retired from mtobeinf01/07/17
tom_foolery (Dec 28, 2016 - 4:46 pm)

Seem to be getting a good amount of interviews , but not closing deal. Have even had 3 second interviews and one of those on the same day. Chalk it up to bad luck?

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feic (Dec 28, 2016 - 4:59 pm)

If they interviewing 2-3 candidates for every job you will get an offer. If they interviewing 10-12 that plain sux.

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loblawyer (Dec 28, 2016 - 5:28 pm)

Depends on how many are making the first and second rounds. If these are larger firms/companies with a lot of interviewees, would not feel too bad.

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imoothereforeim (Dec 28, 2016 - 8:28 pm)

That's the reality today. I went through many interviews over the last couple of years before landing one.

My friend at Google told me that it would be normal for the process to take 6 months. You can imagine how many candidates were screened in the 6 months. I know one applicant who was interviewed at a large company 7 months ago, and is still waiting for an offer.

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jdtrash (Dec 29, 2016 - 11:39 am)

It also depends on how immediate the need is and how long the job post has been open.

I've gotten two biglaw jobs within the span of 2 weeks from interview to offer. My friend got a biglaw job 4 months after he did the second round interview.

If the job post has been out for 4-6 months, then it means that they probably had too high of an expectation or the pay is too low. After 3-4 months, they generally adjust and if you fit the job posting somewhat well, you will have a good chance of snagging the job. Think of it like dating. Most people have a really positive image of themselves and when they first start to look for a boyfriend, they reject a lot of guys, thinking that they are a 8.5 when in reality they are a 7. Along the way, they may have rejected guys who are considered 8s or 7.5s. Eventually they realize that they aren't an 8.5 and will lower their standards after a couple of months.

Sometimes there is an immediate need too. I have a friend who is hiring for an inhouse counsel and since the other candidate left, there was an immediate need for a replacement candidate.

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tcpaul (Dec 29, 2016 - 11:42 am)

This sucks but keep your head up. Callbacks are a good sign. I gave my best interviews when I didn't give a F. Try to have the demeanor that you are sincere but far from overeager. The worst interviewees I have met with are the ones that are trying to impress me. It's painful and I ding them.

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prestiiigiousone (Jan 6, 2017 - 3:02 pm)

Same situation. I thought it'd be easy once I had a few years experience. Apparently not.

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mtobeinf (Jan 7, 2017 - 9:12 am)

Was in the same boat man. Takes time. Keep your head up. It's a numbers game. You'll get there. Hell for my current job. Was a half hour phone screen 2x. 4 hours with every dept head first interview. Then another 4 second interview. Killed it. It's all in how u sell it man. Need a game plan. Execute accordingly. And persist.

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therover (Jan 7, 2017 - 10:20 am)

Very common. It's a good sign you are getting so many interviews. Something will stick sooner or later.

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rising1l (Jan 7, 2017 - 10:27 am)

One thing I never understood was the fact that some companies (especially in silicon valley) have like 5 rounds of interviews all done on separate days. My friend interviewed for the corporate counsel position and the HR guy told him that there was a screener interview, initial interview with AGC, mock negotiations, writing exercise, interview with business team and lastly interview with GC.

If you are a biglaw attorney, you don't have time to interview with a company 5 separate times. They were going to fly him out 5 separate times! I think this actually cuts down on the quality of candidates. The only people that are willing to put up with so much bullcrap are people that probably don't have biglaw experience or really really wants to leave their job either for performance of personality reasons.

Honestly they should just have 2 rounds of interviews. Phone and then interview in person. The in person interview can include all that bullcrap, writing assignment, mock negotiations etc. No point in wasting everyone's time by doing like 5 rounds of separate interviews.

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dingbat (Jan 7, 2017 - 3:53 pm)

look at it from the other side:
the powers that be don't have time to interview every idi*t who applies, so the process is:

1) HR weeds out the obvious psychos (HR's time is least valuable)
2) AGC (whose time is more valuable) weeds out candidates who obviously know nothing of the law
3) tests to see if the candidate is competent (it takes time, energy, and costs money, to administer the tests and to review the results)
This way they can have a plethora of candidates come in before they waste valuable time of people who matter

Then, for any competent candidates, (4) they meet the business team to make sure everyone can get along, before (5) the head honcho makes the final decision.

Of course, I'm not sure why all 5 need to be on separate days. they could easily have #1-#3 scheduled on a single day, and possibly #4 and #5 on a single day.

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dingbat (Jan 7, 2017 - 3:55 pm)

To add to that, my last job:

1) interview with headhunter
2) skype interview with hiring partner
3) skype interview with staff
4) various tests
5) fly to office where I'd be working
-- interview with managing partner
-- in-person sessions with various decision makers.
6) final background checks

Whole process took several months

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mtobeinf (Jan 7, 2017 - 6:31 pm)

That's pretty much how mine went. Not big law. Retired from practice thankfully. This was for department head position to lead and develop compliance. It was inconvenient but I get it. Especially bc I only had 6 months financial services experience. That sealed the deal. Thank God my Juris Doctor and practice experience did the rest. Ultimately turned out to be the ideal situation. Worked out in this instance at least.

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