Interviewing — Part II: Conduct

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Interviewing-Part II: Conduct
[By Melanie G. Lammers]
For the past couple of weeks, we have covered the ins and outs of physically preparing for an interview. However, we have not begun to cover the territory
of mental preparation. Every interview, just like every cover letter, should be approached with a specific intention that is tailored to the employer and the
position. Your interview is the first face-to-face interaction you will have with the firm, and the more you know ahead of time the better.




Obviously, we have discussed finding out             interviewers. If they are all talking about          Lastly, everybody wants to know the perfect
the names of those who have influence or             their children and weekend plans, a well-            way to conclude an interview when the
the power to make decisions in the hiring            placed comment about your own interests              inevitable “Do you have any questions for
process as well as any additional information        may be appropriate. However, do not, under           us?” moment comes. The short answer
about the specificities of the position,             any circumstances, consider these leading            is “Yes and no.” There are some general
but doing your research is not half as               conversations permission for you to delve            questions that any interviewee can ask in
important as what you choose to do with the          into detailed descriptions of evening soirées        order to appear interested in the position
information you have gathered. Everything,           or stories about specific qualities in others        he or she is applying for, but you should be
from the greeting you give when you walk             that annoy you. Anything that could be               sure that those interviewing you have not
through the door to the look on your face            considered judgmental should be kept under           previously answered them; if they have, you
when the interviewer asks you questions, has         wraps.                                               will seem to have not been paying attention.
the potential to impact the firm’s view of you                                                            Here are a few examples of appropriate
as a person and a candidate.                         Concerning answers to specific interview             questions:
                                                     questions, as I have previously mentioned,
There is a down-to-business approach that            honesty is always the best policy, but telling       What are your specific expectations of an
many firms prefer to employ during actual            your life story is only helpful when listeners       employee in this position?
interviews, but you may encounter a less             want to hear it. Try to take as many social          What are the specific responsibilities
formal setting in which the hiring partners          cues from those around you as possible.              involved in this position?
attempt to get to know more about your                                                                    How soon will you be making a decision
personality than your legal expertise. The           Demonstrating attentiveness is almost, if not        about filling this position?
approach that will be taken can often be             more, important than having an impressive
easily predicted based on the time and               professional background. One man said                If you want to appear intelligent, though,
place of the appointed interview. If you are         that being hired for his first in-house              you might try bringing a notebook or pad in
meeting hiring partners in a restaurant, bar,        position seemed like an extremely relaxed            with you. There seems to be an unspoken
or any other social setting, your etiquette          process but that he was so nervous about             rule that interviewees must not move during
should always be professional, but you               the interview that he sat stiffly in his chair       interviews, but taking notes on information
may be more inclined to discuss personal             throughout the entire encounter. Years               gathered that may lead to follow-up
information, whereas setting up a meeting            later, he learned from his boss that he was          questions has never been a faux pas. In
in the conference room of the firm’s                 hired despite a lack of qualifications due           fact, jotting down a couple of key ideas for
headquarters may result in a more position-          to his posture during the interview. He              later on can help you stay focused and end
based and impersonal conversation.                   had appeared so eager and interested that            the interview on a high note with pointedly
                                                     they thought he would be a good fit for the          specific questions that demonstrate a sense
You can also easily gauge what topics                position.                                            of genuine interest and appreciation for the
you should talk about by observing the                                                                    organization’s time.




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Description: For Interview Mental Preparation Is Very Important. As Here You Have To Do Face To Face Interaction. Some Firms Like Down To Business Approach During Actual Interview But Should Be Very Balanced That It Should Not Show Less Formal Setting.
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