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Title: Interview Content


1
Interview Content Style
  • Turning an Interview
  • Into an Offer!
  • Part I

2
Interviews as an Assessment Tool
  • Effectiveness
  • Lawyers as Interviewers
  • Sometimes directed by the organization
  • Mostly Free reign up to the lawyers

3
Types of Interviews
  • Instructional
  • 15 minutes of them talking
  • Time for questions from you
  • Dont get frustrated!
  • Traditional
  • Intro
  • Their questions can be scripted
  • Your questions

4
Types of Interviews (cont)
  • Conversation
  • Best interviews because you dont feel like you
    are being interrogated
  • Behavioral
  • Questions based on your past behavior will be a
    good indication of future performance
  • Tell me about a time when . . .

5
Types of Interviews (cont)
  • Phone Interview
  • May just call you to chat
  • Advantages
  • You can have and take notes
  • You could be in your pajamas (comfortable)
  • Disadvantages
  • Little if any non-verbal feedback
  • No interaction you dont get to meet them

6
Types of Interviews (cont)
  • Phone Interview (cont)
  • Advice
  • Dress up
  • Stand up be energized
  • Smile
  • Have notes and your resume readily available to
    use during the interview

7
Things to Keep in Mind
  • Impressions in first 2-3 minutes
  • Be ready for the small talk/ice breaker
  • Hire who they know, like and trust
  • Focus
  • Big orgs want you to select 1 office
  • Geographic focus, know the area news
  • Research the org the interviewer

8
What are employers looking for?
  • Can you do the job?
  • Will you fit into our workplace?
  • Are you enthusiastic about working for us?

9
Can you do the job?
  • Do you have the necessary skills and experience
    to perform the job?
  • Be prepared to provide concrete examples during
    the interview.
  • Directly relevant skills
  • Transferable skills
  • All should be applicable to the position

10
Will you fit into our workplace?
  • Are you reliable?
  • Do you have a strong work ethic?
  • Do you adjust well to change and new challenges?
  • Do you project self confidence and a professional
    demeanor?
  • Are you someone with whom they and a client
    can hold a good conversation?
  • Does your personality fit?

11
Are you enthusiastic about working for us?
  • Do you express a sincere interest in the
    opportunity?
  • Are you presenting yourself as just wanting a
    job?
  • Do you come off as just fishing for the right
    opportunity especially dangerous now!

12
HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL BE PREPARED
  • Know the Organization Industry
  • This is your case these are your clients
    you wouldnt go into court without this knowledge
  • Know Yourself
  • If its on your resume or implied, its fair game
  • Know How to Present Yourself
  • Substance
  • Style

13
Organization/Industry Info
  • ORGANIZATION
  • Websites
  • Recruiting Materials
  • NALP Directory
  • Name Title of Interviewer(s)
  • Lexis and Westlaw
  • Attorney bios
  • INDUSTRY
  • Trade Journals Current Trends
  • Informational Interviews
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • OCPD Team
  • (We know the scoop!)

14
Also consider
  • Inside scoop on FindLaw
  • www.infirmation.com/bboard
  • Network with people you know
  • Informational Interviews are a must!

15
Knowing Yourself
  • Concrete examples to support top skills (and how
    you developed them)
  • Strengths weaknesses
  • Major accomplishments
  • How do your skills match that job description?
  • Future Plans

16
Your Interview Cheat Sheet
Top 5 skills, personal attributes, or work
qualities
2-3 Accomplishments
Work Experiences
Activities and Involvement
17
Use Your Cheat Sheet To
  • Build your brief introduction or pitch
  • Practice answering questions
  • When you get stuck on a question
  • Summarize why you should be considered as a
    candidate at the end of the interview
  • The cheat sheet is a great way to practice but
    its best to know your information cold for the
    interview.

18
Your 2 minute Pitch or Infomercial
  • Explain who you are and what you are interested
    in
  • Illustrate past experiences with important
    accomplishments
  • Convey your strengths and abilities
  • Conclude by describing your interests and their
    connection to the employer
  • This is your opening argument

19
Examples of pitch lead ins
  • Im a 2nd year student at the Indiana University
    Maurer School of Law, and Im interested in
    pursuing a career in employment law.
  • I was a human resources specialist for 5 years
    in a large corporation. My exposure to employment
    law interested me so much that I decided to
    attend law school where I am a first year student
    at Indiana University. My goal is to pursue a
    career in employment law.

20
Experiences and Skills to Illustrate
  • Writing ability
  • Analytical skills
  • Research skills
  • Effective oral presentation skills
  • Organization/time management
  • Quick learner
  • Self starter with demonstrated initiative
  • Negotiating skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Team player
  • Detail oriented and thorough
  • Use good judgment
  • Work well under pressure
  • Strong work ethic
  • Problem solving skills

21
So, tell me about yourself
  • VERY important question!
  • Focus on PROFESSIONAL, not PERSONAL
  • Include overview of skills qualifications
  • Think As an Associate
  • This is your opportunity to use your opening
    argument

22
What are your Strengths?
  • Look at the job description and target your
    answers
  • Back up with a specific example to illustrate
    what skills you possess
  • My verbal communication skills are strong. I
    was a member of the Indiana University Ethics
    Bowl team and argued cases in a national
    competition at which our team placed 3rd
    nationwide.

23
  • Some of my greatest strengths are my attention
    to detail and reputation for following through
    and meeting deadlines. As an editor for the
    Indiana Daily Student, my universitys daily
    campus newspaper, I was acknowledged for my
    outstanding editorial reviews and my timeliness
    in meeting multiple daily deadlines.

24
What about your weaknesses?
  • Make it skill-based rather than behavior-based
  • Be honest! Everyone has weaknesses Do you
    recognize yours now or will they surface later?
  • Could be asked as If I were to talk to your last
    boss, what would they say you could still work
    on?

25
Weaknesses (cont)
  • Turn a negative into a positive Sandwich
    Technique
  • Time management was a challenge for me but I
    participated in a Franklin Covey organizational
    course and now I keep a daily planner which has
    helped me to become more effective at scheduling
    my events and responsibilities.
  • Beware of canned responses
  • Im a perfectionist. Translation You are
    difficult to work with!
  • Im very detailed oriented and will work to make
    something as good as I can. And the weakness
    is?

26
Answering Difficult Questions
  • Strategy depends on nature of the question
  • Dont be defensive
  • If appropriate acknowledge the concern, then
    dissolve it
  • This does not mean creating a concern where there
    was not one to begin with
  • Do your best to spin a negative into a positive

27
Other Questions
  • Look to the website for a great list of typical
    interview questions
  • Example What other firms/orgs are you
    interviewing with? Think of similarities and be
    honest.
  • Prepare and PRACTICE for each question
  • What questions concern you?

28
Your energy, sincerity, enthusiasm, candor,
humor, precision, and style are among the many
aspects that will affect the impression you
make. Employers look for people with both sound
academic and interpersonal skills.
29
Closing the Interview
  • Ask intelligent questions
  • Carefully RESEARCHED Qs not just ones you read
    off the list
  • Can demonstrate your level of interest
    enthusiasm should be something you want to know
  • If you want the job, tell them
  • Get interviewers business card

30
Thank You Notes A Must
  • Could be a letter, a hand written card or an
    e-mail
  • All REQUIRE the same level of professionalism!
  • All require the same attention to detail
  • Can hurt you just as it can help you

31
Interviewing Recap
  • RESEARCH!
  • Practice answers to most common ???s
  • Understand interview set-up and agenda
  • Be ready to PROVE anything you say!
  • 2 rules for every answer
  • Relevant to position
  • Value to the employer

32
Interviewing Tips
  • YOU ARE INTERVIEWING THE ORGANIZATION AS MUCH AS
    THEY ARE INTERVIEWING YOU!!!
  • Preparation overcomes most obstacles, including
    nerves.
  • Be an engaged listener
  • Remember to BREATHE!

33
Style of Interviewing
  • Learn how to dress, walk talk during interviews
  • Part II

34
Its nice to meet you
  • The Hand Shake
  • Lets practice
  • Remember
  • Eye contact
  • Firm but not too hard pressure
  • Repeat their name it will help you remember!

35
Getting There
  • Know where you are going and how to get there
  • Arrive 10 minutes (no more) early
  • DONT BE LATE!!
  • Leave baggage in the car
  • Consider using a portfolio
  • Practice stress reducing strategies

36
Checking In
  • Be kind to everyone!
  • If you dont know, ask.
  • Get rid of your coat, excess items.
  • BREATHE!!

37
Verbal Communication Traps
  • Rushing
  • Speaking softly
  • Trailing off.
  • Speaking in paragraphs
  • Answering a question with a question
  • Not knowing when to quit and so you just keep
    talking and talking
  • Pauses are OK

38
Are you nervous?
  • Talk Fast
  • Voice Quivers
  • Palms Sweat
  • Knees Shake
  • Stammer
  • Be aware of your nervous ticks and practice
    dealing with them!

39
Non-Verbal Traps
  • Slouching or casual posture
  • Closed and open postures
  • Wild extremities!
  • Sighing
  • EYE CONTACT
  • Be alive show enthusiasm

40
May I have a volunteer?
  • Sit demonstrate posture
  • Body language
  • Gestures
  • Eye contact
  • Energy

41
Your Interview Style
  • First impressions are key
  • A first impression will be made before you even
    begin to speak
  • Walk into the room with purpose
  • Smile, be friendly
  • Embrace your inner confidence

42
Dress What Employers Say
  • 95 of employers say personal appearance has an
    effect on opinion of applicants suitability
  • 91 say dress and grooming reflect applicants
    attitude towards company
  • 61 say dress and grooming have an effect on
    subsequent promotions

43
Best Bets
MEN Suit, darker color preferred Pressed
shirt Conservative tie Polished shoes No wallet
bulge NO cologne
WOMEN Suit with pants or skirt neutral color (2
rule) Neutral hosiery No jangling
jewelry Conservative shoes No purse NO Perfume
44
Dont forget
  • Men no earrings or exposed jewelry except ring
    (s) limit one on each hand
  • No tattoos or pierced areas exposed
  • Test drive your shoes scuff the soles to
    prevent slippage
  • Socks should match pants not shoes
  • Clean your nails (neutral polish - women)
  • Bring your suit in for a review

45
Reasons People Dont get Hired
  • Poor personal appearance
  • Overly aggressive
  • Inability to express information clearly
  • Lack of interest or enthusiasm
  • Lack of practice for interview
  • Nervous, lack of confidence
  • Over emphasis on money
  • Lack of courtesy and tact
  • Unwilling to start at the bottom
  • Lack of eye contact

46
Dining Etiquette
  • Scenario 1
  • Youve been invited to dinner the evening before
    your (on-site) 2nd interview with a potential
    employer. They said this will be a casual dinner
    with the selection committee.
  • What do you wear to dinner?

47
Dining Etiquette
  • Scenario 2
  • When you arrive at the restaurant the other
    individuals order a pre-dinner cocktail.
  • Do you order a drink?

48
Dining Etiquette
  • Scenario 3
  • Your host has taken you to an upscale restaurant
    and as you look at the menu, you have no idea
    what to order.
  • What should you do?

49
Final Notes on Dressing
  • Err on the side of conservatism
  • You cant take back the first impression
  • Choose an interview outfit you feel great wearing
  • Invest in a suit that will serve you well for
    years to come

50
Utilize Your Career Professional Development
Team
  • Mock Interviews with OCPD staff
  • Required 1L Group Mocks
  • Communications Coaching Assessment
  • Interview Attire Review
  • Interviewing is a skill you can Master!
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