Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Tales from Hotel Durant – Four (and Twenty) Rooms

Hey All,

I'm Maude. First time blogger, long-time snarky bitch. Transition should be seamless. . .

Commentators have been asking for a “lighter-side” of the 2009 OCIP string. There’s a suggestion that perhaps N&B can provide a place where we can all regale each other (anonymously, of course) with tales of awkward exchanges in the hallways and across the interview table. Never one to disappoint, I’ve offered to contribute the first tale. Warning: it requires back-story.

I often compare the entire atmosphere over at 2600 Durant during this time of year as not unlike a brothel. Dozens of slightly-annoyed, slightly-nervous, but mostly-dazed 20-somethings line up in a hallway, and knock at a pre-designated bedroom door to present any and every orifice before the mercy of whoever is on the other side. Sure, sometimes it’s gentle, pleasant, even fun. Other times, it’s purely perfunctory. And of course, occasionally it can be downright painful – though it never lasts much longer than 20 minutes.

Normally, this analogy works fine for me. Hell, it even kinda put me into a light and jovial mood before entering a room. “Hello ladies & gentlemen, what’s your fancy? I can do it all!” Sometime in the midst of phase one, I was ending what had been a relatively pleasant and only occasionally awkward session/interview with two attractive young men from Firm X. As I got up to leave, they asked whether I had many others to see that day. I answered “Yes. I like to call it ‘Rinse & Repeat.’”

. . .

Awkward silence, nervous chuckles, followed by closing door and rushing realization of what “rinse & repeat” could also mean in the hotel/brothel setting. Suffice it to say, that interview ended with a callback.

So feel free to post your awkward, hilarious, or otherwise memerable experiences. No need to be crude, just because I went there . . .



Blogger Dan said...

Hahaha. Nice. It also doesn't help that every room in the hotel now has a Graduate poster. "Mr. Biglaw, you're trying to seduce me, aren't you?"

"Damns straight."

9/09/2009 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, having an interview in a hotel room is a little weird.

I'm kind of tempted to walk into my Latham interview wearing a bathrobe and be like, "What are you doing in my room?"

9/09/2009 9:59 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

That place always reminds of the Barton Fink movie set.

9/09/2009 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i always laughed at the people looking over flash cards with firm info in the lounge area. i mean, i appreciate their dedication, but geez.

9/09/2009 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What's there to laugh about? You have 4 interviews in a day, so that morning you take some quick notes on the cards about the firm and the interviewer. A few minutes before the interview you look at the card so it jogs your memory.

Only a huge tool would judge or mock other people for taking their interviews seriously.

Wait, I think its clear to me now. You must be a huge tool.

9/09/2009 10:53 AM  
Blogger Toney said...

11:53 - Are you interviewing with Clever & Witty LLP? The only thing lamer than your joke is this joke.

9/09/2009 10:57 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Toney, are you in mountain time?

9/09/2009 10:58 AM  
Blogger Toney said...

Nope... I'm just posting from the future. Someone will say something incredibly stupid and disparaging, but anonymously (read: cowardly) at that time. Watch.

9/09/2009 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, barton fink set comparison is spot on...i'm glad ocip is basically over, otherwise next time there i'd be freaking out before an interview, worried that John Goodman was about to burst in at one end of the hallway, flames billowing behind him, machine gun in hand

9/09/2009 11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have they remodeled all of the rooms at the Durant? I remember having an interview in one of the remodeled rooms last year, and there was a vase that conspicuously resembled a bong. I didn't talk about it with my interviewers, but it was clear we were all thinking the same thing: Let's get stoned.

9/09/2009 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they have not remodeled the rooms - the bong lamps are still there! Those Graduate posters were somewhat distracting. In some rooms they were located right behind the interviewer's desk and my eyes kept flitting over there, especially when my interviewer was attractive.

9/09/2009 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate you Toney!


9/09/2009 11:53 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Game. Set. Match. 11:53. Thank you for playing all.

9/09/2009 11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

today my friend and I were expressing our extreme disdain for ocip/the economy/our career choice/your mother at henry's this afternoon. the phrase "corporate whore" may have been thrown around more than once. then all the latham interviewers came over to chat with the woman sitting directly behind us who we had neglected to notice was busily entering grades into her laptop to see if people met the gpa cutoff. FML

I agree, your life sucks (132) - you totally deserved it (5198436)

9/10/2009 12:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Let me see. So... you're a 3L. We're interviewing 3Ls?"

9/10/2009 8:09 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Whoa, did 10:53 graduate from the Joke Academy of Zing?!

9/10/2009 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:46 - whoa. My big fear during OCIP was that there were incognito law firm folks disbursed throughout Hotel Durant and around Boalt... of course that didn't stop me from venting/gossiping/talking about interviews/interviewers to friends, but I was always looking over my shoulder like a freak. Glad to know my paranoia has substance!... sort of.

9/10/2009 10:44 AM  
Blogger Bekki said...


You should have interviewed with Hughes Hubbard last year. The interviewer started off each one by asking if we thought the lamps looked like bongs.

9/11/2009 10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

clever question because either "yes" or "no" could sink you. say "sorry i wouldn't know." then when you get the cb, roll yourself a fattie to celebrate.

9/11/2009 8:14 PM  
Anonymous Gold Coast Hotels said...

I think it is improper to interview in a hotel room. Hotel room should be a private room.

12/09/2009 9:18 AM  
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