Interviews can be daunting, especially when it comes to interviewing for law jobs. Most people feel nervous and apprehensive. However, what if we told you that it didn’t have to be like that. Follow FrancisJames’ 5 tips to acing an interview and you’ll have your dream law job in no time.
1. Dress to impress, but don’t overdo it
Obviously, you’re going to want to look your best. However, there is such a thing as overkill. Before considering an outfit, research the company.
A top tier law firm is going to expect you to wear tailored clothing fitting of their reputation. Although if you’re looking to become a legal secretary at the local solicitor’s office, you can get away with a more relaxed, yet polished appearance.
Do your homework first, and then dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
2. Learn about the company
While you’re there researching dress code, learn a bit about the people you’ll be working for. What are their values? Have they had any major wins or losses you can comment on? Regardless of which law job you’re interviewing, they’re going to ask you ‘Why do you want to work for us?’ This is a golden opportunity to mention what you’ve learned.
‘I love the work you’re doing within the community in terms of sponsorships,’
‘I really want to be a part of a vibrant work environment and I can see from your LinkedIn this company values their employees,’
‘I saw you won this case last year and I want to be a part of your future success.’
3. Think about your body language
55% of communication is expressed through body language. What you say is very important, but people can read what you don’t say just as well. When in an interview, try to relax your body language. Uncross your legs (if you’re wearing a skirt or dress, try crossing at the ankle instead), uncross your arms, unclench your fists, and try to maintain eye contact with a smile. The more relaxed you are, the more at-ease your interviewer will be, thereby improving their impression of you.
4. Treat everyone you meet along the way as though they are interviewing you
On the way to and from your interview, you’re going to cross paths with a number of people. Anyone of them may have some influence over your job.
If you’re on the train and someone is standing too close, don’t look aggressively at them; they may be your interviewer! If the barista burns your coffee, don’t berate them. Who knows who could be listening nearby. When you meet the receptionist, be kind and make conversation. The interviewers may ask the receptionists impression of you to better understand your character!
5. Be confident!
You wouldn’t have secured this interview if your interviewer hadn’t seen something in you. The night before your interview, stop your research and take a minute to make a list of all the reasons you’re perfect for the job. Go over it and remember to go in with confidence. You got this!