While there's endless homework involved in starting a legal career, it's the job interview where the most important hiring impressions are made. Most career searchers approach the job interview with fear and dread. Prospective is in your attitude and strategy. A job interview is essentially just another conversation. Try these 7 interviewing tips to improve the flow of the conversation.
- Research the organization you are interviewing for. Learn what you can through professional and personal contacts, like if you're looking for paralegal staffing work. Read any available published material, including Internet resources. Discover any possible resource that can help you get to know the company.
- Go through your own personal self assessment. Personally articulate your interests, contributions and the highlights of your abilities and skills. Walk through the interview in your head. Imagine what questions you'll likely be asked as you rehearse the answers in your head.
- Strategize how you dress for the interview. It is usually best to dress conservatively and neatly. Remember the interviewer when you plan your attire. First impressions determine the rest of the interview. Avoid being too bold or avant-garde. You can always break out the Wicked Witch of the West tights after you've been hired.
- Relax and remember to reassure yourself. Be confident in your abilities. You are interviewing with a law firm, after all, so you must have qualities that deserve that opportunity. Calmly be yourself. It's your abilities you are showcasing, no one else's. Stay true to who you really are.
- Be up front and honest about yourself. Stick to the truth when it comes to your skills and abilities. You don't want to promise more than you can deliver.
- Think of questions that prove you've done your homework. Remember that research you already did? Comb it for intelligent questions. Let the company know you care about the job enough to research their background.
- Send thank-you notes when the interview is over. This reaffirms your interest in the job. It also gives you the opportunity to share addition information that didn't come out in the interview. If you don't hear from them after a while, phone or email to see where they are in their hiring process.