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What do you look for when interviewing a junior associate (2-3 year) for an in-house associate counsel position? What are your expectations with respect to substantive knowledge? I have some interviews for associate counsel positions at some later-stage startup tech firms and would love some advice on how to stand out from all the other biglaw junior associates.

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I’m recently in-house (starting my 6th year). One thing that was stressed in my interview was client interaction and experience. In-house you work with your clients on a daily basis, and it’s a lot more difficult to manage those relationships when you’re often the “bad guy.” They wanted to know how I’d handled disagreements, what I’ve done when clients didn’t follow my advice, and how I kept clients happy when delivering bad news. I think I got more questions about that then about my substantive knowledge. Good luck!

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