TR Grace has the following
suggestions for you to review before your next interview:
to the phone call, research the law firm/company’s website at
the reason why you would like to work at the particular law
a list of accomplishments and pertinent skills in front of you and
know why are you a fit for the job. If you cannot articulate this, you
may not get to the face to face interview.
the interview at a time and number where you can be alone and talk
freely. Land lines are better than mobile phones whenever possible.
sure to have your resume in front of you so you can follow along with
your background as they ask you questions.
questions as directly as possible. If you do not know, say so. Be
candid, friendly, cheerful and courteous. Confident but not cocky. If
you sense that the other person wants to do lots of talking – let
them. People like others who are interested in hearing them talk!
the end of the interview, try to get a face to face interview. Ask
what is the next step before hanging up the call.
you can, find out from the interviewer what they feel your strong
points and weaknesses may be. This way, in the face to face interview
you can reemphasize the strong points and address any perceived
THE FACE TO FACE INTERVIEW
to your visit, educate yourself about the law firm/company.
their website and write down several questions that come to mind. Look
them up on Google.
Know the reason why you'd like to work at the firm/company.
check the directions to the interview and know the name of the person
to ask for when you arrive. Arriving 10 minutes early is a way to
ensure you will not be late and will give you time to fill out any
paperwork, if needed.
- Your hair should be clean and
combed. Nails should be clean and trimmed.
- Turn off your cell
- Don't assume that whoever greets
you is the receptionist. The interview starts with whoever greets
your interview skills out loud and/or with a friend.
business suit is the appropriate interview attire, regardless of
office dress code.
handshake upon arrival and positive attitude throughout interview.
enthusiastic and friendly. Listen more than you talk (no single factor
is more important in determining success in an interview).
people in the eye when talking or listening to them.
your professionalism and your ability to communicate effectively by
speaking clearly and avoiding "uhs", "you knows",
present salary is asked, furnish accurate information. If they ask you
what salary you want, the only acceptable answer at this point is
"I am open to any fair and reasonable offer".
not criticize or come across as negative about your present or past
employers or co-workers. Stay professional and avoid personal
go to an interview prepared with a thoughtful question about the
the interviewer know that you are interested and excited at the
prospect of working for them and ask what the next step will be.
SEND THANK YOU NOTES
(email is acceptable) to each person who interviewed you and reference
something particular about your interview with each person. Make sure
to ask for each interviewer’s Card so you have accurate spelling of
names and email addresses.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN AN INTERVIEW
me about yourself.” -
Give a concise, descriptive, and informative summary of more current
and relevant career information.
do you want to work at XYZ Law Firm/Company? - This is where your website and company history
homework pays off. Give examples of specifics that you have found on
their site, or past projects that you enjoyed that apply.
is your proudest accomplishment/ What are your greatest strengths?”
This is your turn to brag a bit, but not to the point of being
arrogant. Give at least 2 examples, and offer references that can
attest to your work. The more specifics you can offer, the better you
would you classify as an area of improvement, and how would you go
about achieving those improvements?” Try to pick something that won’t
affect the success of your interview and something that is not a job
requirement, and that is not easily improved upon. Many candidates
choose something that is indirectly related to the role so that it
doesn't affect your interview success. For example: "I realize
this position requires a great deal of litigation software experience
and you work with software "x". I do have experience with
litigation discovery software, but up to now, there has not been a
requirement for me to learn "system x". I can pick it up
very quickly as I do with all software programs. At this time, I would
have to say an area of improvement would be the learning curve on your
particular software system."
is the salary you are looking for?” It is always best to leave the
door open and answer with something such as, "I would be happy to
see your best offer. I am fairly flexible when it comes to the
compensation since I am looking at everything including the
firm/company, the position, the growth potential, the benefit package,
etc. Salary is just one piece of the pie and if you think I would be a
good fit for the position, I am SURE we can come up with a figure that
works for both of us!"
you are leaving your current job?” Be honest, very concise and
direct, but don't slam your employer or boss. They want to hear that
you are leaving on good terms since it can easily be them on the other
end of the equation if they hire you.
should we hire you for the position?” Summarize, detail, sell
yourself, and ask for an offer! Give technical reasons rather than
personality reasons why you are the best candidate.
you may want to ask (choose 1 or 2)
is this position open?
do you see the firm/company in 5 years?
makes you successful, and different from your
long have you (the interviewer) been here, and what do you like
most about your position, and the firm/company?
qualities would your ideal candidate have? Listen, and make sure
you later bring out some of the qualities you have which match
what you heard)
do you feel my qualifications match your needs?