McDermott Will & Emery
3.1 of 5 24 reviews
www.mwe.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Associate Attorney Interview

Associate Attorney
Palo Alto, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at McDermott Will & Emery.

Interview Details – Unorganized and unprofessional. The first round interview was rescheduled in both time and location 4 times on the day it was supposed to occur, to accomodate the "schedule" of a partner who prefers to "work from home" rather than keep a disciplined schedule.

Once at the firm, I found all of the associates dejected, and unhappy. I had to ask around, because MWE only had partners participate in the hiring process. The rising star partner in the office sat down to interview me. Without breaking eye contact from his beloved iPhone, he asked me where I got me EE degree from, heard my answer, and left the interview. That was the last I heard from him, even though I took the job, and stayed for a few years.

Interview Question – Where did you get your EE degree from.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – The firm tried to bait and switch me into accepting a contractor position when I interviewed for an associate position. The firm ended up hiring me on as an associate with a higher pay scale than my class year was worth at the time. The partner's incompetence extended even to their negotiations with a prospective associate.

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Marketing Database Specialist Interview

Marketing Database Specialist
Chicago, IL

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at McDermott Will & Emery in May 2013.

Interview Details – I applied for the position online through the company website. About 5 days later I was contacted by a recruiter for a brief phone interview to discuss the position. She asked me basic questions about my related experience, why I wanted the job, why law, etc. About a week later she contacted me to schedule an in-person interview with the manager when she would be in the city a couple weeks later. I came in for the interview and met with the recruiter again for a little bit and then met with the manager. Both were extremely friendly and I felt completely at ease. They were both very personable, which made the process much more enjoyable than you would expect with a big law firm. I left the interview smiling because they were both so friendly, and it made me feel that it went really well.

Interview Question – All were pretty straightforward.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I didn't try to negotiate as it's an entry-level position. I was happy with my offer and eagerly accepted it.

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No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Accounts Payable Interview

Accounts Payable
Chicago, IL

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at McDermott Will & Emery in September 2012.

Interview Details – The interview was set up through a headhunter. The interview process was very short. There were two separate people who interviewed me, the second looked at me like I was an insect. I knew right away I didn't have the job nor did I want to work there.

Interview Question – The questions were pretty basic, nothing came out of left field. This is my area of expertise and I believe my resume and knowledge spoke to that.   Answer Question

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Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Legal Assistant Interview

Legal Assistant
Chicago, IL

The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at McDermott Will & Emery in June 2010.

Interview Details – The initial interview was with the HR department and then the second interview was with HR and then the head of the legal assistant group. Both interviewers put me at ease and gave me ample opportunity to ask questions as well as really expand on my previous experience. The next round of interviews was with the attorneys I would have been working with. Again, very nice group of individuals and they put me at ease quickly. But I did my homework and I'm glad I did. They really wanted me prove that I knew my job inside and out by how I talked about my position, what I was able to do, what I knew about the field, etc. My last interview with the head of the department was a little more intimidating and very hard to read. After so many interviews I really was unsure of where I stood at that point. I knew they had been looking for someone for quite some time and I wasn't sure if I made the cut.

Interview Question – What do you consider your weakest attribute?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I chose to decline only because I needed two days a month with flexible hours. The agency I was going through assured me this would not be a problem. However, the HR department did not know about my need at all (the agency lied to me). They had already made a generous financial offer and were unable to provide any type of flexible hours, even if it was only two days a month.

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Negative Experience

Average Interview

Case Assistant Interview

Case Assistant
Palo Alto, CA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at McDermott Will & Emery in April 2011.

Interview Details – I was emailed to set up a phone interview with the Office Administrator. It went really well and I was told she wanted to set me up with an interview with a partner. I was emailed with the date and time. The next day, I was told they were 'going in a different direction' and that the in-person interview was cancelled.

Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in 5 years?   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Summer Intern Interview

Summer Intern
Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at McDermott Will & Emery in May 2012.

Interview Details – Initial Interview with HR then Interview with Partner - General Questions regarding CV and former work experience including detailed questions about explicit experience.

Interview Question – Future outlook on Investors Relationship between China - EU - Red Flags and opportunities   View Answer

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