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These symptoms commonly befall students during the on-campus and call-back interview process.
CAREER CORNER 1. 800. 973.1177 How to Ace On-Campus and Call-back Interviews [by Karen Ann Lefkowitz] Sweaty plans, twitching hands and feet, parched throat…no, these are not ﬂu symptoms, so no need to worry about the lack of shots coming to a campus close by. These symptoms commonly befall students during the on-campus and call-back interview process. Thankfully, the doctor is in to provide a proper prescription for acing those interviews and heading closer to that dream of making partner. Aided by a board of advisors of career counselors from UCLA and Stanford Law School, here is the well-concocted cure. Preparation areas, etc.” and lastly, not asking any questions. UCLA Law School’s Amy Berenson Mallow, Assistant Dean for Career Services, stated She cites additional resources for students. Employer vs. Future Employee that preparation should take place on several “The NALP directory, which is available on- Ms. Mallow stated, “The student interviewee different levels. The first preparatory step line, gives basic information on large firms.” should use the interview process as a time is for students to know their resumes. The to create a positive impression, demonstrate second step involves learning as much as For callbacks, Ms. Robinson encourages enthusiasm for the employer, gather ad- possible about the employer and interview- looking at news articles and legal newspa- ditional information about the position, and ers. The third step involves developing a pers to get a better sense of what a firm is determine if the employer is a good fit.” marketing strategy. currently doing. Ms. Robinson noted that “employers are Ms. Mallow noted, “Regardless of what ques- Another popular resource is surveys. There looking for smart individuals who are excel- tions the interviewer poses, the major ques- is the American Lawyer Midlevel Associate lent communicators who can write, research, tion facing an interviewee is, ‘Why should I Survey, Vault Guide, and a summer associate and analyze well. They also look for maturity hire you?’ Students must think about what in survey published in L Magazine. Past em- and presence.” their background demonstrates what skills ployees often fill out surveys, and students and qualities they have to offer and then can talk to each other to gather information. Evaluating an Offer develop strategies to effectively convey this Ms. Mallow declared that “comprehensive information.” Important Do’s and Don’t’s: research should enable the student to know UCLA’s Career Services Office compiled the basics about the firm, including where After completing these steps, Ms. Mallow this list of do’s: research the employer, pay it is based, the office size, and its major prac- stresses the importance of practicing inter- attention to an employer’s hiring criteria, tice specialties.” viewing. Role playing with a career counselor be prepared to discuss your resume, show or friend what will take place at the actual in- up for all interviews and take each one She continued, “Hopefully the student has terview will help prepare students in advance seriously, convey a positive attitude, stress gathered enough information through the for the real thing. your strong points and specific skills, ask interview process about the firm’s general informed questions, dress appropriately and character and stability, as well as advance- Susan Robinson, Associate Dean for Career project a professional image, and establish a ment opportunities and professional develop- Services at Stanford Law School, adds a few filing system for your materials, i.e., copies ment at the firm. At this point, the student other ways to prepare. “A student should of correspondence information about em- should be able to assess what characteristics know themselves, what they want and what ployers, notes on interviews, and follow-up the firm has, compared to the environment they want to be. They should know the firm appointments. the student is looking for.” (through proper research) and the geograph- ic market.” The don’t’s: mispronouncing the employer’s So many interviews…and no offers name, appearing unenthusiastic or bored, If a student does not get any offers, Ms. Ms. Robinson continued, “Students should failing to listen to questions or not listening Mallow recommends consulting a career look at a firm’s website. Items to look out to answers given to questions, interrupting counselor. Ms. Robinson agrees, “Every for would be practice areas, deals, cases, the interviewer or talking at the same time, student should talk to a career counselor clients, summer programs, special interest acting nervous, criticizing a former employer, early, before interviews. If there is an issue PAGE 1 continued on back CAREER CORNER 1.800. 973. 1177 the student is aware of, work on it with a counselor.” Utilizing Resources: Career centers on campus often provide as- sistance with the on-campus interview pro- cess. UCLA’s Office of Career Services has a Q & A Interviewing Tips and “Mock Interview” program, as well as seminars featuring local attorneys. Check to see what is available and take advantage of the services offered. Always remember: Ms. Mallow sums up four key steps to suc- ceeding at interviews: research prospective employers, only apply to those in which you have a genuine interest, prepare for the interview by knowing the employer, yourself, and your resume, and, lastly, practice, prac- tice, practice. PAGE 2
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