Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tips for handling tough job interview questions

Given the brutal job market for many law students, every interview opportunity must be taken seriously.  That means being well prepared so you're at the top of your game.  Besides doing the obvious due diligence about the employer you'll be interviewing with, it also means trying to anticipate the interviewer's questions so you can put your best foot forward.  There will always be the off-the-wall questions you can't anticipate, but for a list of the ones you should expect and some tips on how to handle them, head on over to the National Jurist Magazine.  Here's an excerpt:

How to Answer Tough Interview Questions (without breaking a sweat)

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Think about this one from the perspective of the interviewer. He or she does not want to train, mentor, and show you the ropes only to have you leave in a year. If you see yourself at that firm five years down the line, great. If you are not sure, find a part of what they do that you find appealing, whether it’s the practice area, or the size of the firm, and focus on that.

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Why should we hire you?
This is one question that you should try to practice before the interview. Find three to four “selling” points from your resume, and make sure you fit them in. Analyze your resume the night before the interview. Find courses, internships or jobs where you can give examples of work you have done that relates to the job. Try to tell at least one or two success stories. Success stories are examples of things you are proud of, problems you solved, or recognition you received at work for a job well done. If you are describing personality traits, e.g., “I’m a very hard worker,” always also try to give them a concrete example, such as “I managed to maintain an A- average, while working fifteen hours a week.”

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This is a wonderful list, thanks for sharing!

Posted by: job search engine | Dec 12, 2012 8:52:44 PM

You have to be ready for anything in an interview situation. This fall, I had an interviewer ask me the following:

"Imagine you are nearing the end of your career, and a prominent author is writing your biography. What is the title of your biography, how do you think this reflects your achievements, and provide an anecdote from your life that supports your title."

Now that's a question!

Posted by: Ray Kiekel | Dec 5, 2012 5:44:08 AM

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