Don’t Leave Your Interview Up To Chance – 6 Tips for Success

Don’t Leave Your Interview Up To Chance – 6 Tips for Success

job interview successSo you’ve gotten the phone call, and have finally scored a big interview. You really want to dazzle them, but not quite sure how to prepare? You want to “do your homework” but don’t know where to begin? You only get one shot, so here are some tips to guarantee you ace your interview…

Preparation is key

Research everything you can about the institution or firm: its specialty areas, the attorneys, and the specifics of the job that you are seeking. Next, conduct a more comprehensive online search of the firm. Read the annual reports, press releases, and any other relevant articles.

A few more preparation tips…

  • Drive to the office the day before to be sure you know exactly where to park and will arrive on time the day of the interview.
  • Bring along multiple copies of your resume and any work samples.
  • Prior to the interview, check in with people you are planning to list as references.
  • Gather the contact information of pertinent people and send a ‘thank you’ note as soon as possible following your interview.

When in doubt, don’t wear it.

While you won’t lose points for wearing a classic suit to an interview, you can lose major points for accidentally wearing the wrong outfit for the proposed job. Represent yourself in a dignified manner, both in dress and grooming.

Have an answer for every question and avoid the “Ummm…”

Hold a practice session with a friend, family member or even the mirror, answering with a smile on your face and in a strong, confident voice. Always make eye contact and offer a firm handshake. Be enthusiastic when answering questions. Additionally, reviewing typical interview questions you will probably be asked during a job interview will help give you a framework for your responses and will help calm your frazzled nerves, because you won’t be scrambling for an answer while you’re in the interview hot seat.

Stay positive.

It’s never an appropriate time to share negative information about your former supervisor, co-workers, clients, etc. Speaking ill of your former employer could automatically take you out of contention for the job.

Ask questions.

Asking thoughtful questions during an interview not only shows your interest in the job, it also proves you have researched the firm and attorneys. Certain questions should be avoided however on a first interview, such as inquiries about vacation time, salary, benefits and internet usage.

Follow up promptly.

Sending a written note or email expressing your interest in the job and thanking the interviewer for his or her time is another indicator that you really want the job. It will make you stand out in the crowd and demonstrate your appreciation for their time.

So don’t leave your big interview up to chance. If you are prepared, polished, and present, you’re more likely to make an impression that will land you the job.

Photo courtesy of Ben Raynal

About Samantha Collier

Samantha Collier is a well-respected social media specialist in the Canadian legal realm. An experienced practitioner of online social networking, Samantha also has experience working in-house in business development for a national IP firm, but has worked in marketing and client acquisition for over 13 years.

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