Latham & Watkins Interview Questions

Updated Jun 6, 2015
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    Business Services Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Latham & Watkins (Los Angeles, CA).

    Interview

    Phone Interview followed by a 3 hour recruitment event. First hour was getting to know the company, second hour was a group exercise, last hour was speed networking with members of the firm.

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    Business Service Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Latham & Watkins (Washington, DC) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied on their webpage, got an email about 2 weeks later asking for a phone screening. The process took about 3+ weeks. I had a short phone interview with a very helpful HR lady and then they brought me in for an orientation/interview type conference which was unique and pretty fun--about 30 recent grads do some exercises and "speed interviewing". The next day I was invited back for another interview (this was a more formal one) which I thought went really well though after one more week I was not offered a position unfortuantely though I had a great experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Behavioral based interviews that you would expect, some fun ones like what type of music do you like or tell me about your personal hero   Answer Question
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Latham & Watkins (New York, NY) in March 2015.

    Interview

    two screening interviews on the phone followed by a one and a half hour in person interview with three attorneys. It took them over 3 weeks to get back to me after the in person.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you manage time, what is your background in this area   Answer Question
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    Business Development Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Latham & Watkins (Washington, DC) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied for the position online through Indeed in January and received an email request for a phone interview a couple weeks later. The phone interview was about 20 minutes and was a positive experience; the HR rep I talked with was friendly although I actually wasn't asked many questions. She asked why I was interested in the position and the company and the rest of the interview was more relaxed & conversational. Luckily, I had questions prepared because there were a few silent moments where it felt like she was waiting for me to keep speaking. At the end, I was invited to the office for a group interview. A week and a half later, I flew to their DC office for the group interview. It lasted about 3 hours - as applicants entered the building there was a "social hour" where last year's Trainee's introduced themselves and we talked with other applicants. When the session began, the first hour was a very detailed presentation of the firm, departments, managers, and roles of Trainees. The second hour was an activity where applicants were divided in teams of about 7 people. This included completing an assignment and presenting (not bad at all, but a LOT of time on your feet & talking). The last hour was a cocktail hour where two applicants were teamed up to rotate tables every 10 minutes - each table had 2 managers with questions prepared. It was not as intimidating as it sounds. Everyone was VERY friendly and easy to talk to. I was actually enjoying it! There were fun questions (favorite movie/book/travel location/etc.) and personal ones to get to know us. I felt really great about it when I left and received an invite the following day for the final round. The third round was a one-on-one interview, followed by two-on-one, followed by a coffee trip with 2 of last year's trainees and a manager. Once again, everyone was very friendly, however I felt more nervous during this process and was mentally exhausted by the end. Unfortunately, I did not receive an offer but this interview process was a huge learning experience. i am very appreciative of how easy going employees were that I spoke with and would have enjoyed working with them as a Trainee.

    Interview Questions

    • How have you exhibited Courage? How would your Mother describe you? If a newspaper article was written about you, what would be the headline?   Answer Question
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    Project Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Latham & Watkins.

    Interview

    Got an email about a week after I submitted my application online to schedule a phone interview. The phone interview wasn't really a real "interview" but just answered about two questions about my background. Then I went in for an in-person interview. No trick questions, just typical questions that you would expect from an interview. I interviewed with two HR managers. Very friendly and nice.

    Interview Questions

    • If you had three projects with the same deadlines, how would you prioritize your work?   Answer Question
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    Litigation Paralegal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Latham & Watkins (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    I interviewed with about 5 different senior paralegals on the same day & had an excellent, relaxed & informative conversation with each of them. They showed me around the office & informed me of what exactly a Paralegal does as I had zero experience at the time. New hires in my position begin as Project Assistants, which is essentially an entry-level Paralegal/Legal Assistant. Aside from discussing work-related issues they each made an effort to talk with me about my personal interests & past travels, which made the entire process less stressful. Ultimately, I was happy & optimistic when I left the interviews & actually got a call the very next day to ask when I could start working there. I really loved the people & enjoyed my time there immensely despite the sometimes hectic & very long hours.

    Interview Questions

    • Honestly, I don't recall any questions that were too technical or difficult to answer. The only one that I got self-conscious about was when I was asked if I planned on going to law school anytime in the new future because I worried saying yes might ruin my chances of getting hired.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I started with a base salary of about $38,000 & was generously compensated for all the over-time & weekends spent in the office. I also received an end of the year bonus based on peer reviews & hours billed to clients.

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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Latham & Watkins (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Behavioral-type questions about past experiences and work habits.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions where you give examples of a mistake and how you solved it, etc.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation phase

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Latham & Watkins (Los Angeles, CA) in August 2013.

    Interview

    Pretty simple OCI stuff. The interviewer was much more laid back than some of the folks from different firms, but I guess that's what might have caught me off-guard. I may have been a bit too casual with him since he seemed pretty laid back. In hind sight, I could've figured out a better way to remain professional while being laid back like he was at the same time.

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    Project Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Latham & Watkins.

    Interview

    One interview in office. Very straightforward, just questions from my resume.

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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Latham & Watkins (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Submitted resume through law school for on-campus screening interview, which was accepted. The interview was one-on-one for a little more than half an hour. Shortly afterwards, was invited to firm for follow-up interviews, which was with six different associates and partners for half an hour, plus an hour-long lunch with two more attorneys. They tried to match interviewers with interests and desired practice areas. Offers were extended by phone within a few weeks after the callback interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • The interview lunch, though that doesn't exactly count as an interview "question." It's more of a situation test to see how well you can handle the kind of social situation that is the bread and butter of business development and client interaction.   Answer Question
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