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Interviewing & Networking Workshop. Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA). What Interviewer is Looking for. Kind of person Fit with office culture Be nice to everyone Commitment to public interest law--specifically his or her area Why you want this job - crisp answer

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interviewing networking workshop

Interviewing & Networking Workshop

Bernard Koteen Office of

Public Interest Advising (OPIA)

what interviewer is looking for
What Interviewer is Looking for
  • Kind of person
  • Fit with office culture
    • Be nice to everyone
  • Commitment to public interest law--specifically his or her area
    • Why you want this job - crisp answer
  • Any relevant experience, skills not already obvious
  • Communication skills
  • Integrity
do your homework first
Do Your Homework First
  • Summer evaluations
  • Talk to other students
    • “Who Worked Where”
    • 2L/3L contact list
  • Alumni
  • OPIA employer files
  • Websites
do your homework first ii
Do Your Homework First, II
  • Read Interviewing Chapter in Job Search Guide
  • Do mock interviews
    • With OPIA staff
    • Mock Interview Program: Dec. 4th, 2-7PM (By sign-up)
  • Think about points and skills you want to convey
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When
  • Vacations
  • Telephone interviews
    • OPIA Student Phone & Fax Room (Lewis 137, Must book in advance and get key)
  • Be on time!
what to bring wear
What to Bring/Wear
  • Resumes
  • References
  • Writing Sample
  • Business clothes
    • Need to be professional
    • But doesn’t have to be a “uniform”
personal attributes
Personal Attributes
  • Self-confidence, but be humble
  • Enthusiasm
  • Body language
at interview itself
At Interview Itself
  • Establish rapport
  • Focus on specific concerns
  • Anticipate weak spots
don t be
Don’t Be…
  • Apologetic
  • Defensive
  • Insecure
  • Negative
  • Too talkative
do convey
Do Convey…
  • Commitment to public service
  • Relevant experience
  • Stories
  • Important points
    • But avoid sounding scripted
  • Be sure to ask questions at the end
possible challenges
Possible Challenges
  • Employer doing all the talking
  • Open-ended personal questions
  • Hostile interviews
  • Numerous interviewers
  • Character or ethical questions
    • Hypothetical's may come up
ask questions but defer
Ask Questions, but Defer…
  • Possibility of splitting summers
  • Salary
  • Vacation
what to find out
What to Find Out
  • Supervision
  • Type of work
  • Hiring timeline
  • Interviewer’s name
  • Names of prior summer interns
thank you notes
Thank You Notes
  • Write them after interview
    • A note is better than email
  • Include a few personal details
  • Enclose requested materials
networking a critical skill
Networking: A Critical Skill
  • Learn about particular fields
  • Get on the radar screen
  • Tap into the hidden job market
  • Expand list of professional contacts
nuts and bolts of networking
Nuts and Bolts of Networking
  • Own networks
  • Fellow students - check “Who Worked Where,” 2L/3L contact list, and student group connections
  • Alumni mentors
  • Faculty
  • Panelists at HLS events
  • Wasserstein Fellows
  • “Cold Contacts”
organizational networks
Organizational Networks
  • Lawyer referral committees
  • Bar associations
  • Other professional organizations
  • Local legal newspapers
  • Law Journals and other professional publications
  • Conferences
informational interviews
Informational Interviews
  • Setting up the appointment
  • Most people love to talk
  • Purpose is information, advice, and referrals
  • No transparent job hunting intentions
  • Suggestions on resume / other contacts
  • Thank you notes
  • Maintain contact when possible