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GETTING HIRED Vault’s Verdict: “Friendly” and “easy to work with” are important characteristics for candidates at a firm that is fiercely protective of its collegial culture. Top grades are a must, too. Expect an interview process focusing on personality fit more than anything else. Hiring Process • “Academic achievement is important and is a threshold consideration. Beyond that, we really look for candidates that fit with the culture of the firm and that we hope will stick around for a long time. We’re most interested in candidates with backgrounds that concretely demonstrate the problem solving, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills that are required for success at A&B.” • “Alston is looking for sharp, qualified candidates who fit the firm’s culture, i.e., are kind, engaging people who are comfortable around others.” • “We move slow. We like to incorporate feedback from a number of attorneys. But what we look for are candidates who are both smart and can get along. Being down to earth helps big time. Don’t walk into an interview and show off with your accomplishments: look to let your rapport do the talking. Your resume speaks for itself.” • “Since we are based in Atlanta, we get many students from prominent southern schools—Duke, Vanderbilt, University of Texas, UNC. We also value personality and fit more than most other firms.” Interview Questions • “We generally try and get to know the candidate and the candidate’s motivations for applying to the firm, such as why the application is to a specific office or to a specific practice group. The questions asked will depend on the candidate’s background.” • “In our interviews, we want to hear about concrete examples that demonstrate the skills and abilities we’re looking for. We want to hear about specific examples where the candidate
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463 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition ALSTON & BIRD LLP had to work in a team, or overcome an obstacle, or deal with a completely new problem.” • “Very casual interview style. Occasionally will ask a ‘beha- vioral’ question such as describing a scenario in which you were under a lot of pressure and managed to succeed.” • “What brought you to law school? What is your favorite TV show? What do you want to work on as an associate? What are you looking for in a firm?” Lateral Integration • “They pair laterals with a mentor and work to connect the lateral with the larger group.” • “Laterals undergo the same training as attorneys hired through summer programs. Mentoring is also strong.” • “It can be hard to get to know people within the firm if you did not participate in the summer associate program. We used to have retreats that were helpful in this regard, but they stopped inviting associates.” OUR SURVEY SAYS Vault’s Verdict: Alston & Bird associates receive interesting, substantive work from engaged and approachable partners.
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