– DO YOUR RESEARCH
Lawyers are known for being good researchers. You spent countless hours in university researching and scrutinising information. Before every interview, know who you will be speaking with and research their background.
– BE PRESENTABLE AND DRESS YOUR BEST
A solicitors core job is to represent their clients, and coming to your interview polished and presentable bodes well. First impressions are powerful, and making it extremely important to you as you prepare for an interview will heighten your chances of being well received by your interviewers.
– COME PREPARED TO ASK QUESTIONS
What kind of solicitor would you be if you were not naturally curious and thorough? Let your curious nature shine through during your interview by coming prepared with well-thought-out and intelligent questions. Avoid questions that are related to your personal benefit. For example, don’t talk about money, holiday entitlement or any other self-related questions.
– BE PERSONABLE AND SHOW ENTHUSIASM
Good Solicitors know how to build relationships. It starts with trust and one way to build trust is to be personable and get to know your audience. Show interest and enthusiasm for meeting your interviewers. They are taking time out of their busy days and billable hours to meet with you.
– BE GENUINE
NEVER EVER EVER lie in an interview. There is no quicker way to bomb an interview than by starting to tell lies, even little white ones. Even if you don’t know the answer to a question just say, “Good question. I don’t know the answer, and I’m happy to get back to you.”
– PROMPTLY SEND A THANK-YOU NOTE
Within 24 hours of your interview ending, shoot over a professional thank-you note. Express gratitude to the interviewers for taking time out of their day to meet you, and try and express deep interest in joining the firm.