Can Too Much Experience Be a Bad Thing? |

Need Help? Call 800-298-6440

Can Too Much Experience Be a Bad Thing?

Question: Can too much experience be a bad thing? I recently interviewed with a large firm for an associate position. I met with 2 partners and an associate. The firm was interviewing quite a few candidates and told me I could expect to hear back from them in 4 weeks, at which time they would either make a written offer or send a rejection letter. I sent thank you letters to everyone with whom I interviewed and waited eagerly for their decision. I really believed that this firm was a great fit for me.

After the 4-week deadline passed, I called to follow up. The recruiting coordinator told me they would not be offering me a position because I had more experience than they were looking for and they had decided to go with someone with less experience. She asked me if the partners had indicated to me that they were looking for less experience. I said not really. (One partner had indicated that compensation was based on class year and asked where I saw myself. I indicated that I was flexible, that I believed in proving myself. He seemed satisfied with my response).

I was disappointed, but I asked her to keep me in mind for any future openings that might arise. I also indicated that I am flexible as far as class year and would always be willing to consider an offer whatever it may be. She indicated that she would pass this info on to the partners in charge. Is there anything else I can do? How could I have better handled this situation? Please help.
Related Articles

Should I Stay or Should I Go?: A Recruiter Reflects on an Age-Old Question

In the first of a two-part series, Claudia Spielman, BCG Attorney Search recruiter, uses her own experience to guide young attorneys (though the advice applies to anyone in or contemplating a career i...

Third Year Associate Wants to Move to Another Firm

Question: I'm a third year associate who recently made a move to another firm. However, since arriving here, I am miserable. The work is not of the quality I expected and my work provider has prove...

Contemplating a Lateral Move: Will I Get a Promotion?

Question: I am contemplating making a lateral move and want some guarantees regarding my progression prospects (i.e., promotion to partnership) if I am going to switch law firms. Is this something ...

Is Changing Firms Twice in Four Years Considered Job Hopping?

Question: I have heard that firms are now looking at how many employers I've had since law school. I've practiced for 4 years and moved twice. That's not a lot! Why would a firm refuse to consider me...

I'm Currently in a Practice Group. Should I Take an Offer From a New Firm?

Question: I am currently working as an associate at a top tier DC law firm. I started interviewing with other law firms several months ago and have been really selective about the firms that I am i...

Will a Firm Hire Me if I am Willing to Work for Less?

Question: I am seeing a ton of advertisements for litigators with 3-5 years of experience. I have over 12 years of experience, and would be willing to work for the same salary as a 5th year attorney...

When to Move to a New Firm?

Question: I have been practicing at the same firm since graduating from law school two years ago and am thinking about lateraling to a new law firm. What time of year is the ideal time to start my job...

How Can I Raise My Game If I Was One of the Top Three Being Considered for a Position?

Question: I am a fourth year associate at a large New York firm who has recently been interviewing with other firms. I just got a call informing me – for the second time in the last month – that ...

How Soon Should I Start My Lateral Job Search?

Question: Now that it's almost a new year, I'd like to begin a job search to lateral to another firm. Understandably, I don't want to miss out on receiving my year-end bonus. I'm concerned, however, b...

Will I be Happier at Another Firm, or Are They All Just Basically the Same?

Question: How do I know that my firm is the problem? Will I be happier at another firm, or are they all just basically the same?...



Click here to read about the benefits of being part of the BCG Attorney Search Family

Search Jobs


Minimum Years of Experience:

Primary Area of Practice:

Firm Type:


 Partner Level Job(s):

Search Now