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OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES INTERVIEWING TIPS. Thursday, August 13, 2009 6:00-7:00 PM Ceremonial Courtroom. Introductions. Panelists Leigh Abrams (DLA Piper) Jeremy Moorehouse (Wilmer Hale) Margaret Sanne (McDermott Will). On-Campus Interviews. On the 12 th floor 20 or 30 minutes each

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OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICESINTERVIEWING TIPS

Thursday, August 13, 2009

6:00-7:00 PM

Ceremonial Courtroom


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Introductions

  • Panelists

    • Leigh Abrams (DLA Piper)

    • Jeremy Moorehouse (Wilmer Hale)

    • Margaret Sanne (McDermott Will)


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On-Campus Interviews

  • On the 12th floor

  • 20 or 30 minutes each

  • Hiring committee members (1-2)

  • Names in Symplicity

  • Chair outside each interview office

  • Be patient – interviews can run over

  • Check emails for changes

  • Also can check CSO for changes


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Employer’s Goal

  • To determine:

    • Interest in/knowledge of the employer/firm

    • Professional, intelligent, enthusiastic, hard working, easy to get along with, curious

    • Fit with the employer – Good team player

    • Poise

    • Call-back interview.


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Your Goal

  • To get a call-back interview.


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Expect the Unexpected

  • Some employers not good interview

  • Be ready to manage the interview

  • Be ready to talk - calmly

  • Be ready to ask good questions

  • Be ready for a behavioral question

  • 1L Handbook for suggestions


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Be Prepared

  • Know your resume well

    • Ask and answer 10 questions about your resume – in writing and out loud

    • Re-read any publications/memos/briefs

    • Be ready for “Tell me something about yourself”

  • Know what the firm’s main practice areas are – refer to nalpdirectory.com

  • Know the interviewer


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Info To Convey

  • Your interest in working for the employer

  • Your knowledge of the employer

  • Practice areas you are interested in

  • Yet - your willingness to work in areas of need

  • You are thinking long-term - partner

  • Skills you bring to the table

    • Hard worker, good judgment

    • Good researcher and writer

    • Team player

    • Responsive to clients


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Illustrate What You Offer

  • Provide useful, concrete examples of:

    • Your skills:

      • Writing, researching, work experience, client interaction, team work, work ethic, etc.

  • Stay on message.

  • Avoid vagueness – you want them to remember you.


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What Not to Convey

  • Unsure what you want

  • Short-timer

  • That your long term goal is to do something else

  • Poor judgment, disorganized,

  • Unappreciative

  • Difficult to get along with

  • That you have to be right


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Presentation

  • Dress appropriately – no distractions

  • Hands in lap and no pen clicking

  • Keep jewelry and cologne to a minimum.

  • Do not carry a backpack or large purse.

  • Handshake – should be firm and dry.

  • Smile when you meet the interviewer.


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Presentation

  • Sit up straight, be confident.

  • Direct eye contact, energetic, excited to be there, calm and confident.

  • Do not smoke before interviews.

  • No cell phone, IPOD, gum, candy

  • Do not twist or fiddle with hair

  • Don’t refer to as Sir or Madam

  • No slang

  • Don’t appear irritated or impatient


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General Advice

  • Don’t criticize former employers or make negative comments

  • Don’t apologize

  • Don’t ask questions about salary, benefits, work/life balance, economy

  • Anything negative:

    • learned from it

    • steps you took to cure it

  • Be appreciative, say “thank you.”


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Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

  • Know your resume very well

    • 10 questions/answers/practice answers

    • Re-read any publications

    • Re-read any memos/briefs/other work

  • Know about the firm – website, NALP, CSO.

  • Know the interviewer – associate/partner, practice area, schools attended.


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Call-Back Interviews

  • At employer’s office.

  • Respond quickly and do call-back as soon as possible - be flexible.

  • Professional voicemail message.

  • Confirm place and time – record them.

  • Arrive 10 minutes early - security.

  • Be courteous to everyone.

  • 5-7 attorneys individually.


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Call-Back Interviews

  • Resumes, writing samples, references.

  • Associates/partners.

  • Meals: Associates.

  • Act like you want to be there.

  • Be confident.

  • Speak clearly, calmly, don’t fidget.

  • Demonstrate a sense of humor but don’t tell jokes.


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Say “Thank You”

  • Send a thank you letter/card same day.

  • Person(s) who interviewed you.

  • If more than one – try not to say the same thing each time.


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