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    IT Support Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Cravath Swaine (New York, NY) in April 2012.

    Interview

    A few rounds of meeting different managers none with same level staff. All 1 on 1.

    How much law firm experience have you had? Prior to interview the hiring manager will tell you they have a pretty extensive credit and background checks and they all need to check out and they mean it.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you handle a high pressure environment? Have you worked at a 24/7 Law firm environment?   Answer Question

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    Business Development Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Cravath Swaine (New York, NY).

    Interview

    I got the interview through a recruiter. I had to take a couple of computer skills tests, and then met one on one with an person from HR. After the interview, I never heard back. I e-mailed her to follow-up and never received a response. Very unprofessional. At least send an e-mail saying I'm not right for the job.

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    Litigation Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Cravath Swaine (New York, NY) in April 2017.

    Interview

    I was called and invited to interview in New York. They did not compensate me for travel. Upon arrival, I met with HR, and then was supposed to be passed on to the head of legal support services. He was too busy to meet, and they asked me to come back next week, after traveling to New York from Boston at a tremendous expense. I told HR it was grossly inconvenient, and that I could conduct a phone interview or something less demanding, she accepted. Received a denial email the next week. Completely unprofessional and inconsiderate.

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    Litigation Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Cravath Swaine (New York, NY) in January 2018.

    Interview

    Went to office in NYC for interview where I was met by HR rep, took a proofreading quiz, filled out an application, had an interview with her, and then was led around to interview with 4 others. Those four were current paralegals and managers and I was asked questions and given the opportunity to ask them many questions as well. They seem to value you asking questions.

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    Litigation Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Cravath Swaine (New York, NY) in March 2019.

    Interview

    Had initial screening phone call in the middle of February, interviewed in march and was emailed about results almost 2 weeks after interview. Interviewed for 4 hours with 6 different people but each experience will be different depending on availability of litigation team. What I do wish they did differently was tell me earlier that they did not want to hire instead of making me wait 2 weeks to hear back from anyone. The initial wait time was one week maximum to hear results.

    Interview Questions

    • Typical question: How does your skill set transfer over to this position?   Answer Question

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    Litigation Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Cravath Swaine in January 2019.

    Interview

    I was invited to participate in a 15 minute screening call. To the question of, "Why Cravath?" I mentioned I had a friend who worked there, which led me to being attracted to the firm for XYZ reasons. From there, she asked me who my friend was and a ton of specific questions of what my friend had told me about the position/firm. It was honestly kind of a really weird conversation. I never heard back.

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    Litigation Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    I had five interviews, all of which were very cordial. The interviews started with a phone screening, which then led to going into the office for the longer, in-person interviews

    Interview Questions

    • The job requires a lot of overtime, are you willing to do that?   Answer Question
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    Litigation Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Cravath Swaine (New York, NY) in February 2017.

    Interview

    The interview process consisted of a very brief proofreading test followed by 5, 30-minute meetings with the heads of different departments. The total interview time was 2.5-3 hours and there was only one round of interviewing. Heard back two days later with an offer. Everyone was extremely pleasant and nice, answering any and all questions that I had. Very upfront and honest about the overtime requirements. Overall the interview process was very positive.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time in which you had a conflict with a coworker.   1 Answer

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    Litigation Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Cravath Swaine (New York, NY) in November 2017.

    Interview

    First I was contacted by an HR representative for a brief phone call interview. A few days after the phone call I received an email about setting up an in-office interview. During my office interview I met briefly with the HR representative I had been in contact with who walked me through the interview process. I then met with 4 different people, one an overall manager for the litigation legal assistants, 2 litigation case managers, and an overall litigation legal services manager. Each conversation lasted about 30 minutes, everyone I met with was engaging and personal with straight-forward questions. They each gave an overview of the company and what would be expected from the role. They stressed the collaborative nature of Cravath, and were looking to hear about experiences with team work and tedious tasks

    Interview Questions

    • Why Cravath?
      What are your long term goals?
      How do you manage monotonous tasks?
      What was the last book you read?   Answer Question

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    Litigation Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Cravath Swaine (New York, NY) in November 2017.

    Interview

    Very dissapointed with this firm. This position is for entry-level cadidates. Im 26, spent 5 years in the military before college, had two great legal internships, and have now been working as a paralegal for only 1 year since graduation. I thought the interviews went great. 2 weeks later I am now told they are "focusing on bringing in entry-level talent". Being that I've only been working fulltime for a year in a entry level role, I can only assume they are referring to my military experience. Unfortunatly this is not the first time dealing with this.

    Rant aside, interview wasn't difficult and focused primarily on behavioral and team based questions. Wouldn't count on getting a slot unless you are coming straight out of college.

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