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Answering why you want to lateral at interviews.

Assume type of law/practice area is the same, how do you ans shikes01/07/18
"I've toyed around with the "I want bigger clients, more res isthisit01/07/18
^^this is the right answer. You say something like I want t therover01/08/18
Recently, I told a group of ten plus people that were interv themapmaster01/08/18
The truth is really why you work with but you can’t say it irishlaw01/08/18
The best answer is that you want an easier commute to work. aknas01/08/18
Isn't there anything positive about the new firm (whether ac wutwutwut01/08/18
Respond in a way that makes the interviewer(s) feel good abo e36m301/08/18
There has to be something more than money. If it's a toxic pauperesq01/08/18
shikes (Jan 7, 2018 - 10:09 pm)

Assume type of law/practice area is the same, how do you answer this? The real answer is clearly money, and everyone in the room knows it (that or a crazy boss / unreasonable hours), but you can't say that. I've toyed around with the "I want bigger clients, more responsibility, etc.", but people see right through that usually. I mean whats the difference between one comp defense firm and another really? Its all about the money. But what can you actually say as to why you want to lateral?

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isthisit (Jan 7, 2018 - 10:51 pm)

"I've toyed around with the "I want bigger clients, more responsibility, etc.", but people see right through that usually."

People want a lie they can believe in and those are lies they can believe.

You can also talk about a change of location and the desire to expand your exposure to bigger cases/more client face-time/whatever.

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therover (Jan 8, 2018 - 8:54 am)

^^this is the right answer. You say something like I want to expand my skills, take on bigger cases, work more independently on cases. If geography works, that's also a no brainer. I've also used no opportunity for growth in the right circumstances (where they knew I was at a family run firm).

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themapmaster (Jan 8, 2018 - 1:01 am)

Recently, I told a group of ten plus people that were interviewing me that I wanted the job because I wanted to make more money than I do at the current job I have, which I enjoy but doesn't pay well.

I was not offered the job.

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irishlaw (Jan 8, 2018 - 1:34 am)

The truth is really why you work with but you can’t say it. Does anyone in my group like marking up 737 lease agreements for a clients that makes x100 more than you? Do laterals like it either...no but they say they do.

People want a lie that suggests you want to do this sort of stuff.

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aknas (Jan 8, 2018 - 10:36 am)

The best answer is that you want an easier commute to work.

Just about every other answer will get you into trouble for a multitude of reasons.

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wutwutwut (Jan 8, 2018 - 11:39 am)

Isn't there anything positive about the new firm (whether actual, or just something they imagine of themselves - more well known, more preftigious, whatever) that you can point to as a reason for wanting to join them?

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e36m3 (Jan 8, 2018 - 11:53 am)

Respond in a way that makes the interviewer(s) feel good about their firm. Something like, I've always wanted to work with this person, or i've practiced for x amount of years and have heard great things about working at firm x.

You could also say that you are at a point in your career where you are eager to independently handle larger/higher exposure/more varied case load. Just use whatever works.

What you want to avoid is trashing your current firm in any way.

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pauperesq (Jan 8, 2018 - 12:12 pm)

There has to be something more than money. If it's a toxic firm with a high rate of turnover, why would you want to go there, even if they're offering more than your current firm?

Money is always going to be a factor but the interviewers already know that. So, what else about the firm do you find attractive? More sophisticated clients/practice areas? The chance to get more litigation experience? Closer to home? Better work-life balance?

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