I applied through college or university and interviewed at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy.
Interview Details – Off-campus interview while in undergrad. Invited back for an in-office interview and spoke to several attorneys and client services managers.
Interview Question – Walk me through your resume. Why do you want to be a paralegal? And, asked about the two year commitment. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
I applied through college or university and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy.
Interview Details – Called me the day after I applied and offered me the job very soon after my interview. Interviewed with three people, all asked similar questions. All very basic questions:why do you want to work here? attention to detail? etc. No curveballs and a lot of the interviewer talking.
Interview Question – Very basic "job interview-y" questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate, maybe should have.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy in July 2013.
Interview Details – I submit my resume online, viz. a posting on Craigslist (for real) and didn't get a reply. Then I reached out to a friend I knew in the office to give my resume to HR, and I received an email to schedule an interview within a few days. After the phone interview (which was supposed ttake 15 minutes but took close to two hours), I was scheduled for an in person interview in their office. The interview was round robin style, with each manager and paralegal spending 15 minutes or so asking me questions. It took well over two hours. I was later asked to return to the office a few minutes later for the senior partner to meet with me, since he had been out of office when I came the first time. For my 3 hours of transit to and from the office, the partner spent about five minutes with me before telling me he thought I was a good candidate for the job, and he wanted to know if I'd give my word on my willingness to give 2 years of employment (at this at-will employer). I gave my word, said goodbye, and was called a few hours later by HR to give me a job offer by phone.
Interview Question – What do you think of Jesuits? (The senior partner has a Jesuit brother, and the question wasn't totally surprising in the context of the conversation.) Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. I should have asked for more. I didn't realize I was being offered a lower wage than I could have been paid until I was offered a slightly higher starting salary than I initially asked for.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy in November 2012.
Interview Details – Received VM from HR, called HR back and had a quick phone interview with basic questions - ie. "What is your greatest weakness?" - and scheduled in-person interview at that time. In-person interviews were two interviews with a panel of four interviewers each. Interviewers included partners, attorneys, supervising/managing paralegals. Questions were what you would expect - about interest in immigration law and law in general, resume/prior experience, law school.
Negotiation Details – There was no expiration date on offer...
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy.
Interview Details – Spoke with recruiter in New Jersey first, and then was contacted by local HR manager for in-person interview.
Interview Question – Why do you want to work in the field of immigration law? What do you know about immigration law? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no room for negotiation.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy in December 2011.
Interview Details – The interview took two hours total with several sets of different groups coming in one after the other. First it was the Client Manager Paralegal and an attorney, then two attorneys, then HR and another attorney, then the managing partner, then the second managing partner, then the attorney that you would be assigned to (maybe), and finally the HR again. Not sure how they would interview someone with no experience, but for someone with a lot of experience they ask you to run through a specific case process. Some interviewers ask you general questions such as "what are your weaknesses?" or "describe a difficult situation at work and how you resolved it." The process never felt difficult, everyone was very nice and engaged.
Negotiation Details – I negotiated (through a recruiter) the salary and was able to get them to raise the offer by over 10%. Know what you want, be honest, ask.
Very Difficult Interview
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy in January 2011.
Interview Details –
I found the Assistant Paralegal position through a university career center and they called me after three weeks I applied. I arrived 10 minutes early and was very impressed with the lobby area- friendly and welcoming receptionist greeted me and wished me luck on the interview. The firm branch had over 80 staff and is about 4 stories high. If you like taking the train to work, this location is right for you.
The interview structure was unexpected for I was put in room with two rounds of panel interviews consisting of executives and managers. It was surprising because the position that I had applied for is only an assistant role, so I expected no more than 2 person in the interview. It was a total of seven attorneys, executive director, and managers. It's nerve racking, but half of the battle is not looking like you're nervous. They called me a week to offer me the position with an entry level hour wage. I was disappointed in the offer since I have over six years of general business experience. Overall, I was really impressed with the team I met.
Reason for Declining – salary expectation was not met
The process took a day - interviewed at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy in January 2010.
Interview Details – Did not feel like an interview at all. The recruiter spent most of her time explaining the culture, goals, and organization of the firm. She was very nice, enthusiastic, and easy to talk to. She asked why i was interested in working with the firm and in immigration in general. Felt more like a fluid conversation. She told me to stay in contact with her and to email her as my last semester was coming to an end.
I applied online - interviewed at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy in August 2012.
Interview Details –
While the phone interview I had was easy enough, I was left unimpressed with the whole process. I originally received a phone call from a male recruiter and when I called him back, he told me he was located on the East Coast (I applied for a job in Santa Clara) and that he would call me the next day at 9am my time, 12pm his time for a phone interview. I waited the next day.. and received no phone call. I thought I might have misunderstood and he would be calling at 12pm my time. 15 minutes past 12, when I had decided to try to call the recruiter myself, I received a call from a woman. Not to interview me, however. To schedule a phone interview. Which I was supposed to have already had with someone else. There was no explanation given for this. I agreed to a phone interview at 2pm in the afternoon. Once again, the designated time came and went. This time, however, I didn't have the recruiter's phone number. More than half an hour later, she called me apologizing and said she'd have to reschedule for 9am the next day. The next day she called more than an hour late and just asked "would now be a good time to talk to you?" Perhaps the agreed time of 9am would have been better.
The questions asked weren't difficult or unexpected, as long as you've prepared convincing material on how your background makes you perfect to work in immigration law. The recruiter seemed rather bored with the routine work of screening applicants and when I gave good answers, she actually seemed somewhat surprised. Esp. with my response regarding dealing with a difficult customer (perhaps she'd never heard a story about a customer that insulting).
The interview went well and she requested that I e-mail her a copy of both my undergraduate and graduate transcripts so that she could see my GPA, as well as a writing sample and a resume in .doc format so that she could proceed to set up an in-person interview. In the text of the e-mail I wrote her, I explained that the letter grades on my graduate transcripts were not American grades as they might appear to be but ECTS (European) grades and supplied her with my approximate GPA. I never heard back from her, which leads me to believe she didn't read the text of that e-mail. I could have followed up, but given my experience with the simple task of having a phone interview and employee reviews of the place, I decided not to.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had to write persuasively. Answer Question
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