Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
Interviews for Top Jobs at Arnold & Porter
- Business Analyst (2)
- Patent Law Clerk (1)
- E-Billing Coordinator (1)
- IP Legal Assistant (1)
- Legal Assistant (1)
- Summer Associate (1)
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied in-person – interviewed at Arnold & Porter.
The hiring partner was very friendly and personable, as was everyone who worked there. I was getting over a cold when I went in, so I didn't make the best impression. But everyone was super impressive and we talked for a long time.
- What attracted you to Arnold and Porter? Answer Question
Helpful (4)Accepted Offer
Rotated session between several interviewers. Each made the effort to portray the workplace attitude, which was very congenial and supportive. Impressed by the emphasis on work-social balance and overall well-rounded approach to employees. Interviews each lasted about half an hour, and the interviewers made an effort to make me feel comfortable.
- No OfferEasy Interview
interviewed at Arnold & Porter (Washington, DC) in July 2013.
why do you want to join Arnold& Porter? Walk me through your resume. Tell me about your previous work experience. What's your salary expectation?
- Nothing difficult in phone interview Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 days – interviewed at Arnold & Porter (Palo Alto, CA) in July 2012.
The company was very friendly and professional when setting up with interview. They asked me to go to the San Francisco office even though the job was in another location and I agreed although it was a 100 mile trip? They should have been professional enough to answer my follow up email question especially since they all encouraged me to send them in the first place.
- None of the questions were difficult but the interview was done via teleconference from the DC office. Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Arnold & Porter (Washington, DC) in July 2012.
Within a week of submitting my application on their website, they called and asked me to come in for an interview. I met with a bunch of people including the HR director, a patent agent, the manager of intellectual property administration, two associates, and a partner in the intellectual property group. The interviews lasted pretty much all afternoon.
When I first arrived, I was asked to fill out their official job application forms. After that, I met with the HR director for about 45 minutes. She was very nice and mostly asked the generic HR interview-type questions - nothing really difficult or challenging.
After that, she brought me to a conference room where I was interviewed next by the manager of the intellectual property administration. He was also very nice, but very upfront about how difficult it can be to work with a group full of "type A" personalities. He probably could have done a better job of selling the group to me, but he probably sensed that I may not have the personality that they are looking for.
Then, I was interviewed by one of the newer associates, who seemed pretty nice but demanding. He then proceeded to quiz me, as if this was my oral qualifying exam back in graduate school. I was not expecting this at all, but I believe I held my own.
Next, I met one of the patent agents, who seemed to confirm that the group was full of hard to deal with personalities. He also mentioned that the current workload was extremely high, but I suppose that was why they were hiring at that moment.
Finally, I was interviewed by one of the more senior associates and a partner. The partner seemed to be trying his best to sell the group to me, while the associate was very upfront about how difficult yet rewarding the work can be. I do not recall any particularly difficult questions from either of them.
- I did not expect the oral qualifying exam-like questions from the one associate. 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeks – interviewed at Arnold & Porter (Washington, DC) in October 2011.
It was a very long and very thorough process. The biggest negative was that it was hard to work 3 1/2 day interviews into my schedule while still working somewhere else. They were also interested in references further back then I'd seen before. Initially they wanted one reference for every place I'd ever worked -- which was a pretty long list -- including my current employer. Rounding up references for places I worked last at over 10 years ago was a challenge. Otherwise, the interview process was fair and clearly I can't complain about the result.
- I can't think of any particular question that was challenging. Answer Question
While there was flexibility shown, there was definitely a ceiling above which they would not budge.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 1 day – interviewed at Arnold & Porter (Washington, DC) in March 2010.
Hiring manager was looking for a more technical BA to work alongside development team.
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