Paul Hastings Interview Questions

Updated Oct 1, 2014
Updated Oct 1, 2014
15 Interview Reviews

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Paul Hastings.

    Interview Details

    You apply online. They do a screening interview. The initial interview might be with two attorneys. In their smaller offices, the interviewers might be partners. If you get selected for the next round, then you have a callback interview. The callback interview is with various individuals. It is usually a mix of people with different positions: partners, senior associates and junior associates (and an of-counsel if the office has one). The interviews differ from person to person. The partners tend to care about the bottom line. These include things like: did you get any other offers? Are you capable of bringing in business at the end of the day?. The associates care about whether you are easy to get along with.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Started with on campus interview, from which I received a callback. Callback interviews were fairly easy. Met with about 5-6 attorneys, which included a two-attorney lunch. Conversations varied between casual chit-chat to some behavioral-type questions to some questions about work experience. I was also asked about my practice interests. Be prepared for questions about how you would handle particular situations.

    Interview Questions
    • Do not remember anything particularly difficult. I believe I was asked a question about whether I was more of a follower or leader.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Records Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Two person panel interview. Very formal. One interview only, however. Had questions that they had prepared. Smiled and were very friendly. Once interviewed the offer came by a phone call and the rest was handled by HR through email. There was an extensive background check they had to complete before the offer was final.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you prioritize tasks considering the number of different jobs you might have to complete in one day?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Litigation Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    HR contacted me and scheduled a prompt interview. Process included a test of MS Office skills, a grammar test, and a vocabulary test. Following the tests, interviewed with HR and then two partners and an associate. HR was pretentious, but both partners and the associate were polite and friendly. The office seemed to be pleasant and conducive to getting work done. Other than HR, who acted like you might expect a senior partner to act, everyone was wonderful.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Librarian Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Paul Hastings in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interview process was straightforward after going through the HR screening. In-person interview was thorough and touched on technical knowledge, people skills & culture-related questions.

    Interview Questions
    • What's something you don't want to be doing in 5 years?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Paul Hastings.

    Interview Details

    Short. Interviewed via phone. Typical questions about experience and technical background

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Easy negotiations but they were not honest about the benefits pre-hire. They talked them up and then you find out that not all the benefits are available to staff. Very shady hiring practices.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at Paul Hastings in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Pretty straight forward, On-campus interview, plus call back on-site with five attorneys.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Attorney Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Paul Hastings in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed through traditional on-campus law school recruiting process (OCI). Interviewer there, and interviewers during call-backs, were very professional, friendly, and thoughtful. Once I got an offer, I was picking between them and another firm, and they accommodated a second visit, including lunch with a partner and senior associate in a practice group I was interested in, an office visit with another senior associate (who was the person who ultimately sold me on joining the firm), and facilitated phone conversations with several junior associates to candidly answer various questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Didn't really have very difficult questions. Attitude of all interviewers was more collaborative and friendly - trying to get to know you instead of tripping you up. Only difficult question I had was one attorney who asked me about work I'd done during my 1L internship and challenged me on my conclusion in a research memo. It wasn't contentious though. Seemed more like he was interested to have a good discussion about the issues and see where I was coming from.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Not able to negotiate salary or other terms.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Paul Hastings in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    Dropped my resume at a career fair, filled out a small survey about which field i was interested in, Got a phonecall asking me to come in, went in, took a short skills test (very easy computer and grammar stuff) interviewed with 2 managers in 2 separate 30 minute interviews. took about 2-3 hours.

    Managers were nice,very interested in technical backgrounds, got a call the next day with the offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe experience on your resume, what did you do here.   Answer Question
    • When you have conflicting projects, how do you solve that problem.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Contract Attorney/Translator Interview

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

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a dayinterviewed at Paul Hastings in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    The agency emailed me the date of the interview as well as the contact information of the attorney who would be interviewing me. I went in, met with the senior attorney in charge of the case and spoke to her about my experience and skills. I was given an initial assignment as a test before getting hired.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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