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Does anyone have experience with interviews for this type of cratercity11/02/17
Can't help you with the interview but I'm curious: if you be pauperesq11/02/17
I'm less concerned with them going through a merger. In my l cratercity11/02/17
I had a first round/screening interview for a GC position wi bucwild11/02/17
That is very insightful. Some of these specific questions we cratercity11/02/17
I have experience on both sides (interviewing and being inte eifusdude11/02/17
cratercity (Nov 2, 2017 - 10:41 am)

Does anyone have experience with interviews for this type of position?

I was wondering if they are still the behavioral type of interview questions. It's entry-level, so I wouldn't imagine is is too experience based even though I have limited relevant experience.

FWIW, my background prior to law school is in business by the way of degree and experience just not in the legal representative section.

I've done significant research on the company itself, it's a threatened industry due to digital content distribution. That being said, they are a major player in the industry and will survive longer than most other companies by and through mergers and acquisitions. Delaying the inevitable nonetheless. Is this something to mention during the interview though a quasi-SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity, threat) analysis? Is it worth identifying the industry's threats or should I only focus on the absolutely positive aspects?

Thanks!

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pauperesq (Nov 2, 2017 - 11:14 am)

Can't help you with the interview but I'm curious: if you believe this company will go through a merger or series of mergers in the near future, are you concerned about your long term prospects at the company?

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cratercity (Nov 2, 2017 - 1:26 pm)

I'm less concerned with them going through a merger. In my limited professional judgment, it is more likely they would acquire smaller companies. Nonetheless, it is definitely something I'm considering to determine whether or not this position is a right fit. I have ties to another place that I could probably land a GC role in once I get the requisite GC experience (5+ years) in the event something like that ever happened as well.

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bucwild (Nov 2, 2017 - 11:36 am)

I had a first round/screening interview for a GC position with a large, well-known company yesterday. My interview was conducted via webcam with pre-selected questions. The interview was not live, as in, I was not interacting with anyone on the other side. There were no technical questions. The behavioral questions were generally asked to tell a time when you

a) Had a project/case take an unexpected turn, how did you handle?

b) Experience giving presentations/public speaking

c) Had to explain law to a team of non-attorneys

d) How do you prioritize tasks throughout the day?

e) What skills from your current practice would benefit the corporation?

f) How is your current practice group structured? Do you generally work on a team?

The other questions were things you could expect at any law firm interview.

Because I was not interacting with someone, the interview was fairly short. Finished in about 30 minutes. I also took multiple skill tests as part of the interview. I won't describe the tests b/c it may out the company, but I will say they had absolutely no bearing on one's ability to practice law, and you could not study for them. The written tests, combined, took about another hour.

I understand that was the first out of four total interviews, with the last one taking place in person at the headquarters. I'll let you know if I make second round. I expect more technical questions as rounds go on.

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cratercity (Nov 2, 2017 - 1:29 pm)

That is very insightful. Some of these specific questions were addressed by a writing sample they requested. However, it puts me more at ease knowing that at least one other sizable company still uses fairly generalized behavioral style questions.

I'm just not certain the best way to prepare for the interview itself and that's what has had me worried. I tend to fixate if you can't tell ha

I appreciate you taking the time to answer!

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eifusdude (Nov 2, 2017 - 1:37 pm)

I have experience on both sides (interviewing and being interviewed) with STAR type interviewing techniques (situation, task, action, result). My advice is to spend time before the interview thinking about specific examples from your career that fit within the STAR paradigm and writing them down. You might have to improvise a bit during the interview, but knowing what you want to get across in advance is a big help. I would also stress being extremely concise when you walk through those examples. In my experience companies that use STAR techniques want employees who can communicate succinctly and directly without rambling. Good luck!

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