My colleagues and I compiled some of these notes last year as we were interviewing for 1L Summer internships with various in-house companies. None of these notes are specific to any one company. Best of luck, be yourself, you’ll be great!
Prep Notes from Mentors
- Write down the top 5 things you want to make sure you say during the interview
- Talk about collaboration w/the “partners” at the company
- Employees of non-legal departments are referred to as “partners” -> use that lingo
- They are looking for someone who they can throw into a meeting and know that they will ask the right questions and not need their hand held. Show that you can do that confidently (they can trust you to handle it).
- Problem solving skills are crucial -> make that apparent
- Actions speak louder than words (talk about what you’ve done)
- If you stay current on the issues tech companies face regularly (PRIVACY), make that clear. Usually in-house go to their outside counsel to get advice regarding these issues so it’s a bonus if you already understand/are thinking about these problems.
- Jess note: READ READ READ. I was able to answer the hypo questions below confidently because I stay up on these issues regularly. Prof. Goldman’s blog is a fantastic resource for tech law.
Ice Breaker Questions:
- Take some time to tell us about yourself (elevator pitch)
- Pick out interesting points from your resume that you want to deep dive or tell us about
- Why <insert company>?
- Which of our products have you used/are familiar with?
- Design your perfect internship at <insert tech company>
- What does your day look like?
- What kind of work do you see yourself doing/enjoying?
- What did you think of the CIPP/US exam? (Heads up if you have this on your resume!)
- Would you objectively classify yourself as a privacy professional?
- If you could enact three Internet regulations that would apply to all social media companies, what would those be and why?
- How should social media companies handle government officials online?
- What do you think about anonymous speech? Should social media companies disallow it?
- We’ve decided that the easiest way to moderate content and deal with angry users is to not moderate at all allowing the platform to be a free for all for any and all content. Do you agree or disagree with this approach and why?
10 mins left for Questions (these are questions I asked):
- What kind of projects do your interns typically see during a summer internship program?
- How often will I get the opportunity to work cross-disciplinary (between engineers/Trust and Safety department, etc). -> They said that was a really good question.
- What is mentorship at <company> like? (most large tech companies have mentorship programs for interns and entry levels)
- What are you working on currently and what would say is the most interesting part of your job? (if talking to someone from the legal team)
- Where do you think <company> is headed in the next 5-10 years?
- What are the next steps for the interview process?
- Recruiter Phone Interview Questions
- Q: Walk me through your resume
- Q: Why <company>?
- Q: Any questions for me?
- Phone Interview with Legal Counsel
- Q: Tell about one legal issue in the news that interests you?
- Q: Explain your role for X position (on my resume).
- Q: Why <company>?
- Q: What is one objective issue about <company> that you have? What is one specific issue about <company> that you have?
- Q: How is law school going? What was one thing you did to help you manage Fall Semester challenges?
- Q: Tell me about a time you used did something creative to solve a complex problem?
- Questions I had for Interviewer
- Pretty much the same questions Jess mentioned before. I also asked about the legal teams, and mentorship/ intern dynamic. When I asked about recent legal challenges <company> is facing, I also followed up with “as an intern, what would my role be, how involved would I be in these issues”?
- Every company has a public blog and social media sites . Read these blogs and do an in-depth research on issues that the company is facing, might be facing. My interest is in privacy law – so I like ask what challenges <company> might experience trying to be GDPR compliant.