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Updated Dec 8, 2014
Updated Dec 8, 2014
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    Legal Secretary Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Kirkland & Ellis in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I think the hiring process (up to a point) is excellent. It is objective and solely based upon your qualifications which are determined by your resume, your telephone interview with the Chicago office, your test scores, and interview with the local Office Manager. It failed for me at the local interview level with the attorneys. My "outstanding qualifications and resume" did not matter at this point. They determined in 20 minutes (10 minutes for each attorney) that I was not the correct candidate. I was disappointed because this would have been the first position that I have ever earned based solely upon my qualifications and skills.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you have experience taking care of personal business for an attorney.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Corporate Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Kirkland & Ellis.

    Interview Details

    Extensive testing and interviews - minimum of 4 hours of time spent. After seeing K&E advertise for this position for almost a year now, I am convinced that the position may not exist.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    2 panel interviews, a phone interview. The process is pretty painless but know everything you put on your resume. The legal field is different then many other fields and I would suggest asking about the differences.

    Interview Questions
    • None really, just know the things you put on your resume.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Kirkland & Ellis.

    Interview Details

    Experience was mixed. The process is time consuming - almost a month, from start to finish. HR screening, interviewing and testing all went smoothly. Testing is fairly standard: typing, proofreading, Word. HR/Support interviews went very well, everyone was extremely friendly and positive.

    Attorney interviews left me wary. First one was pleasant enough, but barely had time for the interview: made multiple day of interview time changes, and then I had maybe 50% of his attention for 20 minutes tops.
    Second interviewer was described by HR as "direct" - that proved to be an understatement.

    Two attorneys hardly reflect a majority in a firm this size, however my experience interviewing coincides with many of the comments/observations made in Glass Door reviews by current and former Kirkland employees.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing was really difficult, but "Tell me what you know about Kirkland" or "Who do you know at Kirkland" or "How did you come to apply at Kirkland" are all frequently occurring themes.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Conflicts Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    interviewed at Kirkland & Ellis in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I initially received a call and an email from an HR contact asking that I call her for the initial screening. At the end, she invited me to come into the office for a full interview, and notified me of the proofreading task. You have to get an 80% on it (allowed two attempts) in order to continue to the next part of the interview. I don't think you really need to study for the proofreading portion. I just reviewed grammar rules the day before and passed on the test on the first try. The second portion was of the interview consisted of talking to the HR contact, an analyst, and the manager of the conflicts department separately. The interview was pretty standard. Not too difficult. Just talked about skills and things on my resume. The two conflicts people were very casual, whereas the HR person was more formal.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Staff Position Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Kirkland & Ellis.

    Interview Details

    Brief phone interview followed by in-person interviews with HR and several people from the department (hiring manager, department head, peer). The whole process was very positive. Everyone had good things to say about the firm, the department, their jobs and their coworkers. Questions were thorough and challenging but no "trick" questions.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Administrative Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Kirkland & Ellis in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    I had a brief initial interview with HR via phone in regards to an application I had submitted earlier in the week, and then went in for an interview with the same person two days later. I took a proofreading test, then had only one half-hour long interview. The next morning i was called in for another round with two senior members of the department for which I was interviewing. Everyone throughout the process was communicative and kind - I had a great rapport with all interviewers. The proofreading wasn't hard, per se, but in comparison to how easygoing the rest of the process was, I suppose it was difficult. They were great about answering my questions - as someone unfamiliar with the world of New York Biglaw, they were great about discussing Kirkland and it's culture. They also sold me on the opportunities to network, learn and advance while working for them.

    Interview Questions
    • The proofreading was the only slightly stressful part.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation attempted.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Callback - 3 interviews and lunch. Very friendly. Slightly shorter than other callbacks but otherwise a typical callback.

    Accepted Offer
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    Case Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Kirkland & Ellis in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was interviewed by the entire paralegal team that I would work with (besides the case assistants).
    I first spoke with HR, she gave me a background of the group and the type of candidate they had in mind. I than spoke with the head paralegal of the team, she did most of the talking. I also spoke with a legal assistant 2 and a legal assistant 1. Many of questions were very generic interview questions (i.e. what are your best qualities? what can you bring to the table?) The interviews lasted about 1 - 2 hours long. FYI - If you do not hear back within two weeks forget about getting a job there.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Conflicts Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Kirkland & Ellis in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and was referred by an employee. A month later I received at email from a recruiter for a possible phone interview. I had the phone interview the next day. She asked basic questions about my work experience and why I was interested in law. At the end, she scheduled me for an in-person interview the next week.

    I arrived for the interview and took a basic proofreading test. It was a little tricky in that you don't know what writing format they're using (Chicago, MLA, APA, all have different rules), but if you use common sense and know how to write you should pass it easily, although apparently most people don't the first time. I passed the test and sat down for an interview with HR again. She went over the same questions again and told me everyone I would be meeting with that afternoon. I then met with the director of the department. He was very friendly, and it was much more conversational than I anticipated. I met with two supervisors after him who answered my questions about the position. I might have been too probing (I was worried that the position wasn't challenging enough and with that many hours I wanted to be interested in the work), but they were very friendly and answered everything with good humor. Lastly I met with another analyst who was also very friendly and reassuring. Overall, the interview was much more of a conversation and getting to meet everyone than an interview, which probably didn't work in my favor.

    I followed up with the recruiter afterwards twice, and I never received a reply. A little over a month later I received a letter in the mail (regular mail) saying that they had other candidates who were better fit.

    Interview Questions
    • How would the person who likes you least describe you?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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