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If you're applying for other jobs and anticipate that recruiters will reach out to your employer for reference purposes, do you inform them before hand? If so, how? Context I am third yr associate and have only worked with 1 partner so far since graduating college.

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Rant: I interviewed at a mid size firm for Senior Tax Associate role and went really well. Partner calls after a couple days to say they want to offer me a job and asked me if I wanted senior 1 or 2. I said senior 2 since I have a years experience as a senior and she was okay with it and discussed salary. She said she will think about the final offer and let me know. A week later she comes back to tell me that my small firm experience probably won’t help much and it would be difficult for me...

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Would you take a manager role when exiting with <2 YOE? Backstory: I gave a high salary range for a company I was interviewing with and during negotiation they couldn’t hit it at the senior associate band so they offered a manager title instead. I turned it down because I thought it’d be foolish and short sighted to take a role like that so early in my career. Interested in hearing other thoughts and personal experiences!

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Interviewing for an internal audit associate role at a large oil company in Houston. I have a year and 2 months of Big 4 audit experience and a year of internship experience. What is a fair salary for me to ask for?

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Advice for Jr. M&A associate with an AmLaw 20 firm in Europe (T14 LL.M. & NY Bar) looking for a job with a NYC BigLaw firm ASAP? Considering both in-firm transfer as well as applying externally.

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Can someone provide some color on this? I’ve been interviewing for an Associate (1-2 years of experience) role at a Big 4 firm. I’ve already had 5 interviews (4 actual team members and one HR) and they want me to have 1-2 more. Is this normal? It seems odd.

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Currently at v10. Work is great, but its a specialist group, def not a revenue center for the firm. My billing rate is super high. little junior support. Zero mentorship. Basically a billing machine. Def won’t make equity partner. Interviewed with a boutique firm. Great people and similar work! I’m a senior associate. I want to give business development a try (I know I will enjoy it but not sure if I will generate business). Thoughts?

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In August of 2019, I hit rock bottom. I was working at a T1 law firm as a summer associate, and was constantly drinking (before work, during work, and of course at all the after work social events). Things got so bad for me someone reported my drinking to HR and an investigation was launched. I have been sober since. But now I am applying to be admitted to the bar and the character and fitness committee is making me relive my darkest time on repeat. It is very triggering. (Contn in comments)

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Working thru a case study for a final round Associate Valuation role - instructions were very vague but it’s basically broken out into 3 parts. First, explain the differences between company X and Y. Second, review their historical financials (last 5 years). Third, compare their historical financials. Looking for advice/recs on how to approach steps 2 and 3. Are there certain metrics better or worse for points 2 & 3? Should I combine both parts? If you’d like the PM that’s fine, thanks all!

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Interviewing for a operational advisory associate position at a mid-market PE company based out of Florida. All-in pay is looking like $200k (for reference, it’s what I currently make as a senior associate) Anyone have experience working at a strategy consulting firm and moving to a PE advisory group? Any pros or cons you can call-out?

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I want to hire an associate advisor who will also be my successor. I manage anout 77 mln. I want experience, their own book, willing to work with me on a couple of growth projects that I want to do, will enter into contract but 1st 6 months or 1 year will have get out clauses because I need more time than a couple of interviews to know well enough to trust with my clients. My plan is to be mostly out in 3 to 5 years, depending on personal and market conditions. I do not want to be bought by

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Junior associate, Considering an eventual move in-house, coming from Am Law 100 firm doing CFS litigation. Looking for insight as to day-to-day responsibilities, what interview was like, etc.

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Any tips on nailing down a salary range to ask for in an interview? Interviewing for an associate role at a major bank and can’t find any good resources online to get an idea for what is a typical range

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I’m curious to learn how many applications or how long it normally takes for a junior corporate associate to lateral into another position. I am a rising third year corporate and employment associate at a small/medium size firm. I’ve been applying since I completed my first year. It’s been over a year and I’ve submitted 100+ applications. I do my best to network considering my firm doesn’t support my networking efforts and I work with good recruiters. Just really want to learn the norm here.

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I interviewed a potential summer associate last week and they mentioned that they read and found my law review note (6+ years ago) interesting and I'm not sure whether our law schools are taking the "research your interviewers" suggestion too seriously.

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Any interview tips for an associate position in labor and employment?

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Friend of a friend is a senior partner at MM PE fund and wrote emails to the VPs running interviews, recommending me as a "very strong candidate" for an associate role. I'm supposed to set up time with the VPs next week to introduce myself. How should handle this calI? "Hi - here's my background, call me if you're hiring?" don't think they're going to hire me without transaction experience. Fake it until you make it? Maybe propose coming in as an analyst if they say no?

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Friend of a friend is a senior partner at MM PE fund and wrote emails to the VPs running interviews, recommending me as a "very strong candidate" for an associate role. I'm supposed to set up time with the VPs next week to introduce myself. How should I handle this call? "Hi - here's my background, call me if you're hiring?" I don't think they're going to hire me without transaction experience. Fake it until you make it? Maybe propose coming in as an analyst if they say no?

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Genuinely curious how common is a non-lateral (step up) move from T2/boutique to MBB? My experience so far has opened up an opportunity to interview for McK Associate with 3 YoE at a boutique consulting firm out of undergrad. I'm the equivalent of a Senior Analyst at McK at my current firm so a bit surprised I even got the call.

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Have any new/young attornys needed to moonlight in order to make ends meet and save for the future? First year associate at a small PI firm, making base 60k. Haven't been able to save much since I started as I need to pay $100/week for insurance and have other necessary expenses. My gf is a first year gov't attorney and is working additional shifts to supplement her income and I feel like I should too. Feel a bit degrading applying to a night security guard position at $15/hr but might need to

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I had a informational interview with an associate at an Investment Bank. Complete hardo, was asking me questions like how many haircuts are done a year etc. He also asked if I would choose a random company, do a model, and walk him through my assumptions. I’m going to include an operating 3-statement model, leading into a DCF and comps (companies and transactions). Do you think I need to do a sample M&A model or sample LBO for this company? I’ve never heard of someone asking for this lol

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What is a reasonable signing bonus to negotiate for? Currently interviewing for a senior associate role in a Tier 1 city in the digital transformation practice with 3 YOE

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When applying for jobs, do you put 2 entries if you have 2 roles from the same company? (E.g., associate & senior associate)

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Big law associate considering moving to a midsized regional firm. Who do I ask about their compensation structure and hours? I have interviews this week with some partners. I scheduled the interviews with someone from the firm’s HR dept - would it be best to call or email him? When should I do it? I’m assuming they are not lock-step - any tips for negotiating salary? Thanks!

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Senior Analyst 8 months in - thinking of escaping. Is it okay to start applying to associate positions to start when hitting the 1 year mark?

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Currently interviewing with a couple startups, one late stage and one emerging. Comp is roughly the same give or take 5%. Early stage is leadership role for a new division, late stage is senior associate. What are some things to consider with evaluating the offers and organizations themselves?

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I saw that a Growth Equity/PE firm is starting up a new vertical in a space I’m interested. What would be the best way to get an interview? I know an associate at the firm - worth reaching out to them to see if they’re hiring?

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Any recommendations on good questions to ask in an interview for a mid-year associate position?

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Anyone have any interview tips for a PE operational associate role interview? Have one coming up and not sure what to expect as it’s my first. Should I be case prepping?

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I’m a year overdue for my SAE promotion due to covid and business issues. I was told by my SVP that the promotion is definitely coming before EOY & I just need to “sit tight”. In the mean time I have been interviewing for an associate brand manager role for a smaller CPG company. Is it worth it to make the jump this early if my goal is to go brand side anyway? Or is it worth it to stick it out & get my promotion first? The new salary is also probably higher than my promotional raise will be too

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I’m a midlevel Big Law associate applying for in-house positions that ask for experience drafting and negotiating agreements. I have negotiated a few agreements, but I am light in the area, though I have the substantive knowledge and I’m comfortable marking up agreements. If asked about my negotiation experience in an interview, I plan to talk about the agreements I have negotiated and some of the issues that came up. How would you recommend I talk about my negotiation skills in an interview?

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I’m a midlevel Big Law associate applying for in-house positions that ask for experience drafting and negotiating agreements. I have negotiated a few agreements, but I am light in the area, though I have the substantive knowledge and I’m comfortable marking up agreements. If asked about my negotiation experience in an interview, I plan to talk about the agreements I have negotiated and some of the issues that came up. How would you recommend I talk about my negotiation skills in an interview?

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I’m a midlevel Big Law associate applying for in-house positions that ask for experience drafting and negotiating agreements. I have negotiated a few agreements, but I am light in the area, though I have the substantive knowledge and I’m comfortable marking up agreements. If asked about my negotiation experience in an interview, I plan to talk about the agreements I have negotiated and some of the issues that came up. How would you recommend I talk about my negotiation skills in an interview?

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I’m a 4th year associate. I’ve been at my firm for 18 mos in a niche practice area, and am generally happy. My work product is good, but I’ve had problems with time management and making deadlines. Management has offered encouragement, provided mentoring, and seems to be allowing me grace to fix this. Now biglaw firm is asking if I’m interested in lateraling. Would you consider interviewing w/ that firm for a fresh start + higher pay? Or stay and try to turn this around? Is it naive to stay?

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What positions are advisory consultants applying at Aws ( experienced associate here ) a recruiter reached out saying I should submit my resume to her and also let her know about the interested position . Although all the positions at aws seem super technical

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I have interviews scheduled for next week for a senior associate position in Big 4 TAS FDD. Currently an audit S3, any advice on what to expect in the interview, things to brush up on beforehand or talking points I should cover coming from an audit background? I am ready to get out of audit, my mental health has really been struggling lately and I am very excited by the possibility of this role. Any help is greatly appreciated

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Does anyone have insight into the technical interview at AWS? It’s for the Associate Cloud Developer role.

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Any advice for the technical interview at AWS? What kind of questions should I expect? It’s for the Associate Cloud Developer role.

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Thoughts on applying to school to pursue a second bachelors in comp sci for a career switch into tech (non bizops/strategy role) as a newly promoted Senior Associate (2 YOE) in Consulting with a business degree? Overall goal is to get into Product Management and the second degree would be 2 years in length. Please convince me I’m not crazy! 👀 not very happy with building slides/models all day and don’t see myself in my manager’s shoes!

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Currently Sr consultant at a boutique firm specializing in supply chain and logistics. Wanting to jump to manager level at a larger firm. How possible is this? Any suggestions where to focus? And what the interview process looks like at manager level?

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For anyone applying in the same way to roles similar to ones they applied to before covid, are you finding the amount of interviews you’re able to get from applications significantly lower than it was before?

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How long do you guys wait until reaching out after an interview to check status? Interviewed at a HF 2 weeks ago and still haven't heard anything.

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any pointers or references that can help with an ECM interview? will appreciate anything!

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Do you keep the work in your portfolio + the well known company on your resume if you were fired as a contractor? If yes, then what exactly do you say in your next interview? I plan to honest + brief

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Had an interview earlier today and feel like it didn’t go as well as it could have😞 now I’m just going stress about it over the holidays. Send distraction recommendations and good vibes pls 🙏🏻

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What do you struggle with most when applying to new jobs?

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What’s the longest it’s taken for a job to offer you the position after the interview?

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Are mock cases with staff in between interview rounds truly non evaluative?

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Big4 SM looking to make a move. I don't want to spend 6m interviewing & BS'ing. I know this is brash but I know what I'm worth, so who will pay me $270k+ base & get me through interview fastest?

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(Continue): as a Project Manager/Program Manager, how do you define KPIs for your project? Do you have a framework to do it? (Like how we solve MECE case interviews). How do you choose and prioritize KPIs?

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Hi 🐠! I have an excel assessment during an interview tomorrow. Role: Business Analyst I’ve brushed up on: - Macros - Basic VBA (loops) - Vlookups - Pivot Tables - SUMPRODUCT / COUNTIF / SUMIF ...

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Extremely close to offer - interviewing with C-level executive of F100 next week and nervous because my career is nothing in comparison (3yrs actuarial + 3yrs of strategy consulting). Any advice?

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Should you let your supervisor and cc know that you got into b school and will be gone in a few months? They wrote recommendation letters so they knew I was applying

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Good questions to ask a founder if you get an interview for a job at a startup? What are some good due diligence items to ensure your making a good decision regarding taking the role or not?

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Alix fish- what is your interview procedure for SVPs, I had one round of phone screen with a director and one with a MD. What’s the next step...any guidance that you can provide is helpful

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Any lateral hires who joined Deloitte's ERP finance practice as consultants? What was the interview process like?

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Reviews on GEP? Going through final round with them and have a hard time getting a firm vibe on em since my interviews have been all on the phone

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What advice should I give someone who wants to make a career change from marketing/strategy into copywriting? Is it likely they can break into an agency without doing the whole process of portfolio school, making a book, and applying as an intern/junior?

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Haven't interviewed in 6 years, planning to start soon. Any tips to get back in the game? Have to get back into Case Interviews

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Happy Thanksgiving Desi 🐟! What are you most thankful for on this holiday, especially this year?

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How long were you in consulting before you stopped thinking every perceived misstep would get you fired?

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If i am rejected for a role and see a fresh posting up for the same role -- is it a good idea to try again?

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Would anyone out there be willing to share what happened with compensation in public accounting firms during and after the housing crash? I have a friend writing an article about it and they would like to hear from people who were in public accounting then.

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Might be the wrong place to ask this but what is the salary range for a senior VP and an entry level Director in Sell Side Capital Markets firms based in New York?

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If considering joining an early early stage startup (eg. started 6mo ago), and has ~20 employees, what would be a benchmark or even starting point for negotiating equity? Salary would take a huge hit, trying to decide if juice is worth the squeeze and at what point. Assume they’re still building out product, acquiring customers and all very beg stages

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For anyone applying in the same way to roles similar to ones they applied to before covid, are you finding the amount of interviews you’re able to get from applications significantly lower than it was before?

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Do you include years doing an MBA when you count YOE?

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Anyone aware of Australia or Singapore recruitment firms? Pre-MBA

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When the front desk says "Only Accenture is traveling here this week." 😩 Holiday season is here.

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Interviewing for an Associate Director role with no solid management experience. Anyone been in the same boat? Any advice?

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How much more likely are you to get a job applying 1 day after the job was posted versus 1 day before the closing date? Wondering if I’m shooting myself in the foot by spending extra time to improve my cover letter instead of applying to job postings right away.

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Trying to push for a promotion. Any tips on advocating for myself and getting what I deserve and have earned?

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So it’s that time of year... Is there anyone who has successfully renegotiated salary after YE comp is announced? Any suggestions?

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I’ve recently realized I am awful at negotiating. Are there any good resources out there that you would recommend? Books/podcasts/online classes?

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So Sprint is opening 5000 jobs, not 'bringing them back' and it was allocated for back in 2015. Confirmed by a consultant there. Why is the media allowing Trump to lie without clarifying the truth?

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Where can I adopt a cat right now? I’ve been putting it off for fear of becoming a single crazy cat lady at 26 but I think now would be a good time to finally do it. 😻

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Bought LTC a few days ago for around 150, but currently showing as pending till five days from now. Should I be worried that LTC will burst by then?

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Average salary for a junior strategist or junior analyst in nyc??

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