Interview preparation is critical to any attorney or paralegal who is seeking a new position.
In addition to reviewing the employer’s website and any recent press releases about the company, lawyers should be prepared for a wide range of subjective questions that are geared towards learning about your personal style, your experience, and whether you would be a cultural fit on the legal team for which you’re interviewing.
Momentum founder and principal Jane Pollard, spoke this week to second year University of Texas Law School students who are interviewing for judicial clerkships.
As a U.T. Law graduate herself, who was also hired for a judicial clerkship, Jane was honored to speak to this group. Jane provided advice and tips gleaned from her 16 years as a legal recruiter given the many lawyers she has interviewed and employers she has received feedback from.
Here's an excellent article by Don Goodman about interviewing by telephone. These are becoming a more common first step in the hiring process and are not perfunctory. Many excellent lawyers do not get through this phase to the next; usually because they didn't follow one or more aspects of this advice.
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We agree with the author of the following article that starting an interview with "so, tell me about yourself" is a lazy approach, but lawyers who are interviewing seem particularly inclined to start off with this question. The key to answering this question is exactly as the author states: Keep your answer under two minutes and tailor your answer to the job at hand! (Whatever you do, don't drone on and on about yourself, or start talking about your early or personal life.)
The end of the year is when attorneys and other legal professionals start updating their resumes and thinking about job opportunities that might present themselves in the new year. Before you update your resume, please read an article by J.T. O'Donnell at Careeralism called "The Worst LinkedIn Summary." We couldn't agree more with everything he says in this article, but it also applies to resumes, maybe even more so, as resumes are much more important than Linked In bios. (Despite all the hype you hear about Linked In and how important it is to the hiring process these days, the resume is still what's circulated within companies and relied upon by hiring managers and recruiters - not your Linked In profile!)
Ever wondered what's going on with the people conducting your interview? This article from Corporate Counsel provides excellent insight. Read it before your next in-house legal department interview!
Candidates frequently ask our Texas legal recruiters whether to send thank you notes after an interview. If so, how and when? The question has sometimes vexed us, given the vast changes the information age has brought to the work place. Not all that long ago, law school graduates were taught to send out hard copies of their resumes on high quality “resume paper” and to always follow up with a note hand written in black ink on Crane’s stationary.
What You’re Forgetting To Research Before Your In-House Interview http://www.inhouseblog.com/research_before_your_in-house_interview/