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Never Self-Select Yourself Out of a Job You Want

You see a job posting that looks great to you. It's in your field, it's what you want to be doing, and you meet most of the requirements. Most, but not all. So even though the company is awesome, the job sounds great, and you think you bring a lot to the table that could be helpful in the position, you don't apply. This is self-selecting out of a job you want, and you should never do it.  The only way you know you won't get that job is if you don't try. Read More >

The Secret to Callback Interview Success

You have survived the insanity of the on-campus interview process. Your head is spinning but there is no time to take a breather. Your attention must now turn to callback, or in-office, interviews. Law firms have exceptionally high expectations of students invited to their offices. Planning must be exhaustive because it is, quite simply, inconsiderate to attend a callback with inadequate preparation. Read More >

Freshfields in the U.S.--Curious minds, global teams and excellent training

Vault named us the #1 firm in the US for international work in 2014 and 2015. We're an international firm. With over 200 lawyers in the US and another 2,300 lawyers worldwide, we help clients achieve their goals, however ambitious they are and wherever they need our advice. No one matches our breadth and depth of international experience. Read More >

22 Interview Questions the Top Law Firms Ask

While most of us are looking forward to enjoying the last few weeks of summer as much as possible, life is not so different for rising 2Ls and law firm recruiting teams. On-campus interviews are in full swing at law schools around the country and some students are already preparing for callbacks: second interviews with a law firm that may last anywhere from a couple hours to a full day. Read More >

5 Reasons Why Even CEOs Need Career Coaches

Coaches are present and accessible for a variety of things. Superstar athletes have coaches to become even bigger superstars and top performers in their sport.  Therefore, it makes sense for a career coach to be used during the job search, even when you hold the title of CEO. #1 - Career Coaches Prevent You from Making Mistakes Everyone likes to feel as though they are 100% correct about something. Read More >

The Problem with Netflix’s Parental Leave Policy

Let's say you're a 30-year-old woman and you're 22 weeks pregnant with your first child. Now let's say you work for Netflix, which just announced a new maternity and paternity leave policy that allows new mothers and fathers alike the ability to take as much paid parental leave as they want during their child's first year of his or her life. Read More >

Are Freezing Offices a Form of Sex Discrimination?

Freezing cold in your office this summer? You aren't alone, especially if you are female. A new study suggests that biological differences between men and women are to blame for the icy thermostat settings in your office. Buildings apparently use a decades-old formula to determine summer temperatures, reports the NY Times. The formula was developed in the 1960s, when most U.S. office-workers were men, and uses the metabolic rate of a 40 year old male as one of its variables. Read More >

Why Sleeping is Good for Your Career

With the launch of the consulting rankings I oversee being less than a month away, the concept of sleep deprivation-and particularly the correlation between sleep and productivity-is something that's always close to my heart at this time of year. Read More >

How to Reboot When the Job Feels Stale

We've all experienced the Monday blues at one time or another. You know the feeling: You've returned to the office after a great weekend, and before you even sit down in your chair, you're already wishing it was Tuesday.  I think we can agree that this is a normal part of life, albeit an unpleasant one. For most of us, these occasional bouts of Monday-morning melancholy are just that: occasional. But some people can never seem to shake the Monday blues away. Read More >

How to Ace Guesstimate Interview Questions

Guesstimates are interview questions that ask candidates to come up with a figure, usually the size of a market or the number of objects in an area. The most important thing to remember about guesstimates is that they are designed to let your interviewer see how your mind works, rather than designed to see if you can get the right answer. In any case, here's how to tackle them: 1. Begin with a question. Read More >


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