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Firm hiring partners and the job candidates they interview who have transactional, in-house experience seldom discuss in detail the additional skills the candidate has acquired as a result of working in-house. They should; both sides would do better in the recruiting process.

Many hiring attorneys at firms have never worked in-house and seldom focus on the resulting alternative perspective. Candidates with in-house experience often fail to highlight it, beyond the potential to bring business with them, out of concern it will make them appear too different from firms’ hiring lawyers, decreasing their chances of receiving job offers.

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