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How to Get That Callback Interview
[Rebecca Luczycki]




Any job interview is stressful, but knowing       search for free. It will not only bode well on   David Booher, a third-year student at USC,
you are only one in a continuous line of po-      them as employees but also gives them some       also found his summer job with O’Melveny &
tential job candidates parading in front of the   better information on the place they might be    Myers in Los Angeles through OCI. His best
on-campus recruiters - and meeting up to 10       working.”                                        advice is to make sure you don’t get tripped
recruiters yourself in a single day - can be                                                       up on something simple.
extremely wearing and disheartening. How          Mario Trimble, a second-year student at
do you impress the interviewers enough to be      the University of Colorado School of Law in      “Have a perfect resume and writing sample
the one they want to see again?                   Boulder, spent last summer as a summer           with no typos or simple mistakes,” he said.
                                                  associate at Kutak, Rock in Denver - a job       “Because the competition id going to be
“Making yourself be the chosen one early in       he got through OCI. He says preparation for      stiffer, don’t give the employers and reason
the process with the preliminary interviews       interviews is critical and advises students to   to easily dismiss you as a candidate.”
is tough, but if you want to be chosen for a      start early.
callback interview you want to be perceived                                                        This story appeared in the September, 2003 edi-
as the best,” said Jerry Nash, deputy director    “That made a difference to me,” he said. “I      tion of The National Jurist, www.nationaljurist.
of the National Association for Law Place-        spent some time getting all my ducks in a        com
ment (NALP). “That means doing your home-         row, honing my resume, talking to faculty
work not only on the organization as a whole      and having all my references prepared be-
but on the individual conducting the interview    fore the process started.”
as well to the extent that you can.”
                                                  Nash also recommends students practice
Nash remembers one friend who interviewed         what they might say if asked about their
students on his birthday. When it came to         future plans or why they chose law school.
arranging callback interviews, he chose the
only student who expressed good wishes to         “Being able to articulate your own personal
him because it was his birthday.                  and professional goals clearly, concisely and
                                                  professionally is critical,” he said.
“It showed a discipline and a thoroughness,”
Nash said.                                        But Balaban advises against too much prepa-
                                                  ration.
Melissa Balaban, director of career services
at the University of Southern California Law      “Rehearse and prepare, always walking in
School in Los Angeles, said students should       the fine line between sounding rehearsed
do more than just check out the firm’s Web        and prepared and being caught unprepared,”
site.                                             she said.


“Think of intelligent questions to ask that       Trimble suggests putting something unusual
are based on information that isn’t read-         or interesting on your resume to help break
ily available on their Web site so it shows       the ice. He is a semi-professional fencer and
you did some work,” she said. “It’s so easy       finds interviewers like to ask him about that.
today with the Internet and Lexis or Nexis to     Plus, it makes him more memorable later on.


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