Highly-rated law firm has a need in their NY office for a Mid-Level Corporate Associate with 3-6 years of general corporate, M&A, joint ventures and private equity experience at a major law firm. Candidates should have a JD from a top law school and a 3.4+ GPA. Please submit resume and transcripts to be considered. […]
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As legal recruiters, we meet, connect and work with a lot of different people every day. We understand differences in personalities and enjoy networking so we can match the right people to the right firm — it’s all part of the job!
What you probably don’t know, though, is how and why we got to where we are. Maybe you’ve never heard how we ended up in the legal industry or even at Kinney Recruiting, so we think it’s important that we tell you a little bit more about ourselves. This is why we decided to start a series that will introduce you to all our recruiters.
The first piece in this series discussed how to “Ace Your Phone Interview in Five Simple Steps”. Now, we’re focusing on the in-person interview because you can never do enough prep-work when you’re trying to land the perfect position.
By the time you enter a major firm for a sit-down conversation, you’ve been through a lot. You made the decision to at least seriously consider leaving your old firm (probably because you were unhappy), you also had to search for a recruiter, find the right position, submit your application materials and maybe even attend a mock interview with your recruiter — trust us, it’s for your own good. But, be it because of nerves or just plain stress, there are still a few errors candidates make time and time again. And when a candidate flubs in an interview with an associate or partner, it could cost them the job. So to do our part to help out, we’ve laid out four tips to consider before you step foot in your next big interview.
Don’t Fixate on Hours and Compensation
Here’s the thing: If you really want the job, then show your interviewers that you really want the job. It’s that simple. Don’t go in dukes up, ready to fight for the perfect salary or ideal hours. You want the interviewer to like you, and you want the job, obviously. The negotiating can be done later.
Just a heads up, this is what the process should look like: Sell yourself first, then get the offer, then negotiate salary and hours. No interviewer at any firm will ever find a candidate pleasant or easy to work with when that candidate has an attitude about the pay or the hours of the firm. And if it really is that big of an issue, maybe it’s not the right firm for you in the first place. But regardless, that’s something to talk over with your recruiter who has a relationship with the people at the firm, not for you to deal with.
Often, the very first conversation a candidate will have with a potential employer is via a phone call or screening interview. These calls are typically short in length, 15-30 minutes, and are designed to help a potential employer evaluate you as a candidate as quickly as possible. Since today’s candidate pool is a global one, and technology permits employers to easily vet multiple candidates regardless of their time zone (whilst saving employers valuable company time), remote interviewing has become an increasingly common step in the hiring process. So, as a candidate, what is the goal of a phone screen and how do you ace this integral part of the process?
Quite simply, your goal is to convert a phone screen into an in-person meeting. Here’s how:
Step 1: Take the call in a quiet place with clear cell reception
Use of a landline is preferable, but most candidates opt to use their cell phones. Fair or not, poor cell reception or distracting background noise can reflect negatively on a candidate. Since you are unable to read an interviewer’s nonverbal cues (facial expressions, body language, etc.), phone interviewing can be tricky. Ensure that the available channel of communication is as clear and open as possible. I suggest taking the call from your home where you have more control over your environment.
Step 2: Allow the interviewer to frame the call
Listen carefully to an interviewer’s opening pitch and their tone. Some phone screens last only a few minutes and are designed to elicit select pieces of information about you or your experience. It is not the job of a candidate to awkwardly extend a phone screen. Most screening calls, though, balance experience questions with personality-type questions or the “airport test”. (Would a hiring manager want to be stuck in an airport with you?) Being astute, listening and discerning the intent of an interviewer’s line of questioning allows you to effectively craft your responses.
Highly-rated law firm has a need for a Midlevel Real Estate Finance Associate with 3-6 years of purchase/sales and securitized real estate financing structures. Please have a JD from a top tier law school and a 3.3+ gpa. Please submit resume to be considered to: ny at kinneyrecruiting dotcom I will never submit your resume […]
One of the mostly highly recognized firms in the world is seeking a Junior Environmental Asssociate for its Chicago office. This is a subgroup of the Banking, Finance & Major Projects Practice Group and is recognized regionally as one of the finest around. The top candidate will have 1-4 years of practice in Environmental Law […]
Our client, a premiere international AmLaw firm, seeks a staff counsel with a minimum of three years of corporate law firm experience for their Tampa, Florida office. The ideal candidate for this position will have general corporate and commercial contracting experience working on corporate matters at a medium to large size law firm or in-house […]
A highly-rated Austin boutique has an immediate need for an Office Administrator. Candidates will have a solid 5+ years of experience managing all aspects of a succesful boutique law firm in downtown Austin. Must be able to excel in a fast-paced environment and oversee a variety of functions, including accounting, service industry billing, payroll, and HR. […]
Premiere International law firm is seeking a mid-level Anti-Trust associate for its prestigious Chicago office. The prefect candidate will have 4-5 years of antitrust experience in private practice. Additional experience includes representing clients in civil antitrust litigation, counseling clients and government agency antitrust investigations. This position will allow the right candidate to assume significant responsibilites […]
Top Law Firm in Chicago is seeking a Mid-Senior level Corporate Associate. The candidate should have at least 4-5 years experience in a variery of corporate matters, including M&A, Private Equity and Securities. Experience at a larger law firm is a major plus. You will get an opportunity to grow your business while also working […]
One of the oldest and most prestigious law firms is seeking two (2) Junior to Senior Banking and Finance Associates for its Chicago office. The right candidates will have graduated from law school in the years 2009-2013 and will support the structured finance and/or leveraged finance practices. To be the right candidate you must have […]
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces the arrival of a new partner and three lateral associates, including one to its Madison County, Ill. office. Partner Christy J. Benton joins the firm from John Crane Inc. in Chicago, where she was Associate General Counsel – Litigation. Benton focuses her practice on Asbestos Litigation, Toxic Tort Litigation […]
Wyrick Robbins is pleased to announce that Kyle Still has joined the firm as a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group. He regularly represents, counsels, and trains clients regarding all state and federal employment laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities […]
Fresh off its move to Frost Tower, the Dallas office of Polsinelli makes way for five more attorneys, adding to the firm’s significant growth as it continues to expand its client service capabilities. The firm now occupies six floors of Frost Tower spanning 77,000 square feet of space in the building and has reached 41 […]
Chuhak & Tecson, P.C., is pleased to announce that Kristen Hudson, a highly successful and respected litigator, has joined the firm as a principal. With a primary focus on representing businesses in complex commercial litigation, Hudson has won high-stakes legal challenges in state, federal and appellate courtrooms across the nation. She comes to Chuhak & […]
Goulston & Storrs is pleased to announce that Stephen Schweiger has joined the firm’s Real Estate practice in its New York office. Stephen joins the firm as a Director and will co-chair the firm’s Real Estate Capital Markets/Debt group along with Directors Adam Curry and James Lerner. Stephen joins Goulston & Storrs from Riemer & […]
Sedgwick LLP announced that Cinthia Granados Motley joined the firm as a partner in its Chicago office. Motley practices in the areas of cyber security and privacy, ERISA, multi-jurisdiction commercial litigation, and insurance. “Cinthia’s tremendous experience in cyber security and ERISA will be a great asset to our firm and client teams,” said Sedgwick Chair […]
Dentons today named James H. Williams, previously the Manager of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Integration Office, as a Principal in the Firm’s Public Policy and Regulation Practice. In this role, Williams will advise clients on aviation technology, regulatory, and compliance issues with particular emphasis on the military, consumer, and commercial use of […]
Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, a national law firm, is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Minneapolis which expands the firm’s footprint to 28 offices in 17 states. Constangy has named Piyumi Samaratunga, a leading corporate immigration attorney, to head the new office which will focus primarily on corporate immigration […]