Almost all second year law students, and some third years, are currently in the midst of that joyous time of year: interviews. Or, as some people may look at it, free trips to distant cities combined with free food (is there such a thing as a free lunch?).
Given the time of year, I thought it would be relevant to link to a good, but simple, article regarding interviewing. AllFinancialMatters has an article covering 10 basic job search tips. While these tips might be elementary to the more seasoned job searchers, everyone can probably use a refresher now and again. One of my favorite points from this list is:
8. Dress and act the part.
Almost everyone looking for a legal job understands what to do regarding dressing the part, but I think acting the part eludes a lot of people (admittedly, including myself). Of course your interviewer is looking for someone who has the drive, skills, and education to join their law firm. However, they are looking for more than that. As one of my good friends put it, “They want somebody who they would enjoy sitting by the pool and having a beer with.” It is your fun and outgoing personality, while still being professional and educated, that can be difficult to get across in a twenty minute interview.
On the point of being fun and outgoing, a book that I will be picking up today might help shy people communicate that message. It is entitled How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less by Nicholas Boothman. I will be writing a review on the book as soon as I am done reading it, so be sure to check back in a few days. You can find the book on Amazon.com, at the right.
[tags]legal andrew, law school, law firm, firm, interview, job search, how to make people like you in 90 seconds or less, nicholas boothman[/tags]
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