So you have an interview coming up . . . how exciting! The best way to shine at an interview is to be prepared. There's nothing worse than walking into an interview and feeling flustered by the interviewer's questions.
Interviews are a great way to develop your interpersonal communication skills, and learn a bit about yourself in the process. They are also a great way to help polish your professional skills. Below, is a list of tips to help you as you prepare for your interview.
There are three key parts to every interview:
- Preparation before the interview
- Answering questions during theinterview
- Following up after the interview
Preparation Before the Interview
In the days leading up to the interview, it is helpful to begin thinking about your answers to the following questions. These questions are often asked during interviews (or a variation of them) and it is wise to be prepared for them.
- What attributes/ qualities do I possess that make me a great candidate for this position?
- What are my strengths when working under pressure?
- What are my weaknesses? (Tip: once you identify your weakness try to spin it into a positive.)
- What are my goals for this position?
- How will obtaining this position impact my future career goals?
- In what ways will my skill set, background, or experience be an asset to this position/company?
- What are my career goals?
- What are my goals upon completing law school?
- Am I involved in leadership positions at my law school? If not, why not? If yes, why did I select those positions?
Dress to Impress
It is also important to dress for the position you are interviewing for. Be sure to have a nicely pressed suit and appropriate shoes. Make sure that the suit fits you properly. The suit should be formfitting but not too tight. Invest in a proper suit. Not all black pants are created equal. The pants you wear out to a bar or club are not suitable for an interview. In fact, as a general rule, do not wear anything you would wear to a bar or club to an interview.