First things first when you've got an interview - celebrate! You've impressed them on paper - now they want to meet you in person - yipee! To ensure you continue to impress, you need to practise more due diligence and get down to some more serious research and preparation. Need some help? Try the following:
- read (and follow!) the advice and information in 'Legal Interviews'. Look at the sample questions at the end of this publication - can you answer them? Want to read more? There's loads of reference books in the Careers Service with scary titles like 'The 100 worst intervews questions'! Or my favorite little guide, recommended in previous blogs - The Gherkin Guide to Securing a Training Contract - it may be English, it may have a weird name, but it's packed with sound advice and example answers on everthing to do with legal applications and interviews!
- listen to (and follow!) interview tips from recruiters, trainees and students
- read feedback on legal interviews from recent graduates - available for reference in the Careers Service, and on line via SAGE (search for the firm, then look under the 'interview and assessment centre feedback' tab to check for any feedback)
- check out all the interview advice on the Careers Service website - not necessarily legal, but principles are transferable - like your skills!
- practise makes perfect! Practise speaking your answers to possible questions outloud - it's so different from just thinking them through - or even writing them out. It really helps if you've practiced what it's like to answer out loud questions such as 'Why are you interested in a traineeship with us?' 'tell me about a time when you worked in a team ...' etc etc. There's lots of ways to do this - need ideas?- here's 4!
1) book a practice interview with us at the Careers Service; 2) get your family and friends to ask you questions; 3) use a recording device; 4) talk to yourself in a mirror - very scary - but great for watching your body language too!
- and talking of body language....look and act the part! Be smart and professional in your appearance, and smile! Firm handshake, alert posture, enthusiastic tone.
- Questions questions - you'll be asked for yours at the end of the interview - make sure you have some.
And if you're feeling really diligent - read what Law Careers have to say on interviews too.
And if you're going to be tested - other than via the verbal interview - check my previous blog on psychometric testing.
Oh, and good luck! (though if you've followed all the advice above, you wont need luck - you'll be prepared!)