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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 services interviewing tips


Thursday, August 13, 2009

6:00-7:00 PM

Ceremonial Courtroom

  • Panelists
    • Leigh Abrams (DLA Piper)
    • Jeremy Moorehouse (Wilmer Hale)
    • Margaret Sanne (McDermott Will)
on campus interviews
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
employer s goal
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.
your goal
Your Goal
  • To get a call-back interview.
expect the unexpected
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
be prepared
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
  • Know the interviewer
info to convey
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
illustrate what you offer
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.
what not to convey
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
  • 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.
  • 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
general advice
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.”
prepare prepare prepare
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.
call back interviews
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.
call back interviews16
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.
say thank you
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.