Category: Practice Tips

How to prepare for a behavioral-based (STAR) interview at a company like Amazon

STAR: situation, task, action, result. If you’re a law firm associate, and went through your law school’s OCI process, you’re probably not used to this method of interviewing. So how do you prepare when the interviewers are more interested in how you reason through a line of questioning that doesn’t involve walking through your CV? Fortunately there are some tips and tricks that can help you stand out from the crowd. STAR-based interviewing is being used more widely – especially in the tech world. (Amazon, for example, is notorious for using this type of interview structure exclusively.) If you’re a lawyer looking to go in-house at a tech company, you should definitely prepare yourself for a very different experience than when you participated in OCI during law school.

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Reflecting on how I survived the 2008 financial crisis as a law firm associate, ten years later

The financial crisis is now ten years behind us, but I still find myself thinking about that time in my life. This fall, I’m reflecting on how I was able to navigate the treacherous waters of financial crisis and law firm drama by being both proactive and lucky (but mostly lucky). With markets pushing all-time highs while debt is piling up across the world, I have some thoughts on my experience that fall and into early 2009 which I hope will serve me – and you – well if we enter another similar downturn in the near future.

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