A Sense of Entitlement Can Cost You a Job at Jones Day

Job-hunting students with a sense of entitlement and a curiosity about classmate’s grades will have a hard time finding a summer associate job at Jones Day.

The American Lawyer’s Careerist blog talked to Jones Day hiring partner Gregory Shumaker for his list of summer associate do’s and don’ts.

Shumaker said he’s looking for law students with a broader sense of community, in keeping with the firm’s worldwide partnership and its teamwork-oriented approach. He’s also looking for students who don’t care about their classmates’ grades, an indication they would accept the firm’s confidential partner compensation system.

Here are a few excerpts from the Careerist’s Q and A:

What turns you off about a candidate during an interview? If I sense entitlement; if they think they’re better than their colleagues or if they are too focused on themselves.

What’s the profile of a summer associate who doesn’t get an offer? Someone who doesn’t get along with others.

Any memorable moments in which a candidate sabotaged their chance at an offer? Once we had a summer associate who split the summer between us and the government. Afterward, we asked her if she missed us, and she said, ‘Well, I miss the paycheck.’ “

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