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Updated Jan 9, 2015
Updated Jan 9, 2015
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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Denver, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Denver, CO
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Patton Boggs.

    Interview Details

    The process was a standard law firm interview process: initial interview on grounds with a partner, then a call to fly out to the office for a day of interviews followed by lunch. There were five interviews, mostly with partners. The initial interviewing partner from the on campus interview is your 'guide' for the day. The lunch is attended by both partners and associates. Of course it is still an interview as well, but there was more of a relaxed and casual feel about it, as if they were trying to get more of a sense of you as a person. Unlike other firms I'd interviewed with, people at this firm seemed to enjoy each other's company.

    Interview Questions
    • One of the interviewers asked me detailed questions about an undergraduate neuroscience project I'd worked on. It was a very complex project that didn't have any direct relationship to the role I was interviewing for, so I wasn't expecting to have to explain the inner workings of the hippo-campus.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    This was right at the onset of the recession- no negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Public Policy Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Hired shortly after one phone interview with partners, specialists, and current interns. No case questions or anything too difficult. Be ready to talk about why you would work in their environment.

    Interview Questions
    • What would someone who I've worked with/for in school so far say about me?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The partner and public policy specialists who lead the intern program will conduct a 30-minute interview with candidates over the phone. The questions they ask relate to interest in public policy, academic history, and career goals. Interviewers are very professional and easy to talk to.

    Interview Questions
    • None of the questions are difficult, per se. It's important to know why you want the position and to explain how working in the top public policy practice in the country will help you get to the next step.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Senior Paralegal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Patton Boggs in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    friendly but must be able to clearly explain your past experience/education and how it lines up with the job.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Chief Economic Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Patton Boggs in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    Very casual and pre-ordained. I started my career at the NAM while I worked on my PhD. My boss became a partner at Patton Boggs at a time when tax reform was very hot. PB had a dynamic partner who had been at Treasury who's dream was to recreate the multidisciplinary team he had had at Treasury at PB. It was understood that when I finished my PhD I would go to PB. I was working on the Hill as I finished my dissertation and very involved in the tax reform act of 1986. Having graduated, as soon as the Act passed I moved to PB. There were some pro forma discussions with the executive committee but it was pretty much preordained--and the result was a job at PB that lasted 27 years.

    Interview Questions
    • From the managing partner explaining the "eat what you kill" compensation system--how would I develop business outside of tax?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Explained above, nothing really to negotiate when the position was preordained. A year before any actual interview title, salary, etc. were all agreed.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Information Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Patton Boggs in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    Formal one on one interview. No interview with tech department. direct interview with HR.

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Patton Boggs in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    The process for this position was very easy going and casual. The response time for follow up phones calls and interest letters was very professional. The experience was a a good opportunity. There was the opportunity to meet with different individuals, but the process was not too stressful. All the interactions I had with the department and HR were pleasant.

    Interview Questions
    • The interview process was mostly standard. The biggest challenge was a question that is normally asked in other interviews: "Tell me about a difficult situation and how you over came it"   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate so I don't know.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    IT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Patton Boggs in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    There was a very short interview process. Submitted a resume, had one phone call with the departmental manager, and one in person interview with departmental manager and who would be direct manager. Hired two weeks after.

    Interview Questions
    • Had to be creative when answering how to deal with a irate attorney's who's computer may have just crashed and they lost their document they were working on.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No Negotiation, I was an intern so I took what I was offered. Paid internships can be hard to find.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Secretary Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Patton Boggs in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    Recruiter agency had fixed the appoitnment with the employer.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Patton Boggs in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    The interview process is very relaxed and comfortable, although a bit rushed. The office was beautiful. Attorneys interviewing (a mix of associates and partners) seemed less interested in credentials, more interested in personality. Still, seems to have a solid firm culture, with reasonable work-life balance. Overall, seemed like great people to work for.

    Interview Questions
    • No curve balls, just general questions. "Tell us about ___ on your resume; What attracts you to Patton Boggs."   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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