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[Serious] Lateraling as a first year from my little hell hole to hopefully greener pastures. I have interviews lined up. Are there any questions that you wish you had asked? Any questions that are particularly good to ask my interviewers? First few rounds are with the partners.

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I lateraled as a first year after 6 months. As long as you have a believable reason for why you want to lateral it shouldn’t be an issue. As far as questions, it really depends on your goals. I didn’t want a firm where the expectation was I’d be on call 24/7 so I really asked about “what’s a typical day look like” and then, once I had an offer, asked to speak with other associates and my level and I asked them “what do your hours look like?”

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I wouldn’t raise anything about pay or hours before you secure an offer. Make sure you can answer why you’re leaving and why the target firm. Bring a favourite transaction example with you. I wish I asked more about staffing and delegation of work (although I lucked out). A good question to ask a mid level is: apart from billables how does the firm measure success. I always like to ask partners about 5-10 year strategies - sometimes this will reveal what they are currently weak in. Hope that helps. All my lateral interviews have been super chill, I would be prepared but I wouldn’t stress.

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