Quinn Emanuel Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Paralegal Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Quinn Emanuel in October 2013.
Interview Details – Beautiful office, nice people, everyone wears jeans. I had a great interview with the Paralegal Coordinator and a Senior Paralegal who was part of the team seeking another paralegal. The Associates I met with were extremely nice and did not seem overstressed as with a typical AmLaw 100 firm.
Interview Question – Sounds like you are doing more exciting work at your current position. Why would you want to take this position? Answer Question
Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Quinn Emanuel in May 2011.
Interview Details – Standard interview questions and experience. Expect to meet with two or three Associates, and two or three partners. Questions revolved around your past experiences, why you want to work at Quinn, and why you are leaving your immediately prior role.
Interview Question – Why are you lateralling from your former position? Were you on track to make partner at your former firm? Why or why not? Answer Question
Legal Secretary Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Quinn Emanuel.
Interview Details – I was hired through a recruiter and went a couple of times to meet with the HR manager. I was hired the same week.
Interview Question – No difficult questions. I was asked about background and skills. Answer Question
Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Quinn Emanuel in September 2009.
Interview Details – Very brief phone screen, < 30 minutes, before they flew me out for an on-site interview. Met two midlevel associates and went to lunch with one, then met the hiring partner in the afternoon. They asked several variations of 'why do you want to work at this particular firm' and seemed happy with variations on 'I like the focus on litigation' and 'I like the focus on results over presentation' (a flattering framing of the non-dress-code and generally less-formal atmosphere).
Interview Question – 'why do you want to work at this particular firm' View Answer
Reason for Declining – Took an offer at a competing firm
Staff Contract Attorney Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Quinn Emanuel in March 2011.
Interview Details – Interview and background check.
Interview Question – What type of matters have you worked on? Answer Question