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Advances in technology and the internet have made it extremely easy for people to apply to hundreds of jobs at once. These are welcome advances, of course, but unfortunately it has led many to take a ''let's throw it all out there and see what sticks'' approach. This approach will undoubtedly lead to interviews, especially when someone has the credentials and academic record to stand out from the pack. But interviews will rarely convert into offers if you lack a genuine interest in the job for which you are interviewing.
Why did the firm decide to open three offices in Asia within the last year?
Are there opportunities for attorneys in the U.S. to work with attorneys in Beijing on M&A and other transactional matters?
Does the firm have an international exchange program in place which would allow U.S. associates to go abroad for a period of time to gain experience in other sectors and industries?
If not, is the firm considering implementing such a program?
What was your experience as a summer associate like and what kinds of assignments did you work on?
How did your experience as a summer associate compare to your experience as a first year associate?
Can you provide some examples of matters you are currently working on and describe the work you do on those matters?
Can you tell me about your specific practice and what kinds of matters you focus on?
How have you built up your practice over time and how do you go about developing business?
What kind of work can an attorney of my experience and class level expect to do on your matters and/or other matters within the practice group?
What do you believe will make for a successful attorney in the practice group?
What, if any, formal mentoring programs are in place between partners and associates?
What are my long-term professional goals and how will this position help me to achieve those goals?
What, if any, short-term sacrifices am I willing to make in order to achieve my long-term goals?
What concerns, if any, do I have about accepting a position with this prospective employer?
What do I believe I have to offer my prospective employer and what makes me unique/sets me apart from other applicants?
What are my greatest strengths and my greatest weaknesses at this point in my professional career?
What skill(s) am I most interested in developing and which prospective employer is best situated to help me gain those skills?
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