I had an interview at a law firm and their recruiter wants to talk on a Sunday afternoon. Is this a red flag about company culture and not respecting weekend time? Or are they just in a big hurry and want to get my offer done quickly so they snag me before someone else?

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Is this firm in NYC? mid-size? Just asking bc I had a similar situation recently.

You have the right idea as far as taking the call and not saying anything but I’d be looking out to see how/whether your interviewer addresses it. That might give you an idea of whether it is an anomaly or some indication of the culture.

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Not NYC. Yes mid size.

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IME weekend work is driven by the culture of the practice group and can vary immensely between groups in the same firm (and sometimes even pockets within the same practice groups due to expectations by different partners). I honestly wouldn’t think that what the internal HR department does in terms of work hours would carry over to the practice group you are in.

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The recruiter may have proposed Sunday to keep from invading your work time or forcing you to talk about a new job while you are supposed to be working for your current employer. For some that scheduling makes it easier to explore another opportunity while exercising discretion.

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Ehhh take the call. You'll be working Sundays anyway every professional does.

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I have worked in big law for a decade. While there have certainly been times where I had work to do over a weekend, most of those have been because I wanted to make things easier on myself the next week. There has never been an expectation to work on a weekend.

That being said, maybe the recruiter is going to be out the next week and wants to get you in the door first. You never know. My experience has been that the hours worked by the staff, including HR, don’t have any correlation to the hours worked by the attorneys.

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It would be a red flag for sure about company culture. I would take the call, but would expect a reasonable explanation for the Sunday proposed time. Otherwise, if you accept a position there, expect your weekends are not “yours” but company time, always. I would read it for what it is.

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Maybe they just wanted to have a detailed conversation and figure you'd be busy or might not be comfortable speaking if you're at work or around your coworkers.

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I help people transition roles with non-competes (so not a recruiter but I give legal advice in the recruiting process for non-lawyers) and I always offer off-hours or weekend calls if they want so they’re not talking to me during work hours. It could just be a courtesy.

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Yes, this. They may be trying to be considerate of your current employment.

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It might be because the market is so hot but still odd.

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This is a no brainer. Tell them you are religious so you can’t on Sunday’s and then sue the pants of them when you don’t get the offer.

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I wouldn't read much into the recruiter call. What will matter is the schedules of the partners you'll work with.

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The sooner you know the the easier your decision will be.

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Normally I would consider it a red flag but reciting is a special case where there are many explanations for scheduling a call on Sunday

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My first discussion with the recruiter for the big law firm I previously worked at was on a Sunday. I think they were just trying to make it easier to have a longer discussion while I was not at work. I was rarely required to work on sundays, only in emergencies or if we had a big trial coming up. Take the call!

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Never work weekends unless I need to catch up. However, I did recieve a phone call on a Sunday evening once for an interview at a small firm (3 attorneys) as an intern years ago. I thought it was very odd. When I started working there, the main partner worked 7 days a week. It was actually sad.

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Why did they propose Sunday?

I don’t really know. Their recruiter and my recruiter discussed it.

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