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• “Behavioral interviewing. For example, tell me about a time you were in a position of leadership and failed. What did you learn from it and what would you do differently next time?” • “We have guidelines to ask different types of questions. Interviewers will get assigned a topic for the interview (i.e. culture, competence, teamwork, etc.). We generally get suggestions of typical interview questions—i.e. give an example of overcoming a difficult obstacle, tell us a time when you led a team to success, etc.” • “Questions designed to get at particular skills like leadership and integrity/honesty, temperament. The interview team members are assigned different skill sets and lists of questions to ask in that set.” • “The firm will ask many of the usual questions to learn who a candidate is (their background, their motivations for attending law school, their career aspirations, why Cooley, etc.). The firm also practices behavioral interviewing, which goes beyond both the surface-level questions typically asked (as previously referenced) and even beyond situational interviewing (which often involves abstract hypotheticals). Instead of asking what would a candidate do if they were in a given (abstract) situation, we will instead ask the candidate for an example of a time or situation where something occurred, and how the candidate actually responded. This permits the candidate to share how they have actually responded to real-life situations.” Lateral & Clerk Integration • “Great integration efforts, and I fit wonderfully with my practice group. That said, it’s a big firm and hard to duplicate the experience of having a summer associate experience, so I feel like there is more that could be done.” • “I felt that I melded right in and was a part of the team from day one. The firm has a lot of resources for laterals, and everyone was immediately welcoming. The LA office, in
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© 2017 Inc. 312 Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms, 2018 Edition COOLEY LLP particular, has a lot of laterals because it is a newer office, making it the best place I can think of to lateral.” • “I was integrated into my group almost immediately, but integration into the office as a whole has been a bit harder.” OUR SURVEY SAYS Vault’s Verdict: Associates at Cooley are thrilled with the top- notch work they receive from emerging companies, and the thorough mentorship and training they receive to do it. With the California culture intact, associates are encouraged to work collaboratively and socialize, but also to remain flexible with hours in order to not overburden themselves. While they are paid market salaries, associates are concerned with the focus on hitting billable hours and wish bonuses were not completely tethered strictly to this requirement.
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