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Advice for Law Firm Interviews by Way of Silicon Valley

Guy Kawasaki has a fabulous post up on Everything You Wanted to Know About Getting a Job in Silicon Valley but Didn't Know Who to Ask. But the post applies just as well to law students gearing up for interview season (particularly someone this unlucky student described here) as well as lawyers looking to lateral to other firms.

So what's the secret of a great interview? Unbridled enthusiasm (that comes across in the way you respond to a seemingly innocuous question like, "How are you?"), ability to pitch yourself and the old standards like showing up on time and being appropriately attired. Also, be prepared to offer ways that you can immediately help the company (or the firm) and don't forget to close the deal by telling the interviewer that you see the job as a fit and you want it (if that's true).

Think this kind of direct approach won't work for a law firm? Truth is, interview skills probably don't matter much if you're in the top 5 percent at a top school and you've just made law review. But those students who don't have these credentials need a different approach -- and Kawasaki's suggestions sound to me like the way to set yourself apart.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on August 15, 2006 at 03:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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