We have recently shared our tips to make your CV stand out and maximise your chances of securing an interview, and today we will be giving you more legal career advice to help ensure your interview goes as smoothly as possible.
Many of our candidates ask us for advice on how to give their best impression at interviews and how to make their interview a success. If you’ve been in the same role for a long time, or if you are not very experienced with interviews, the whole process can feel quite daunting.
1. Prepare Well in Advance
Preparing all the aspects of the interview ahead of time is essential to feel confident and well prepared. Make sure you have all the details, including time, date, location, but also the details of who you are meeting with or who you are required to ask for when you arrive for the interview.
You will also need to look at the itinerary for your interview and allocate plenty of time for you to get there on time. Being late will create a bad first impression and will hurt your chances of getting the role.
Another point which needs to be prepared is your knowledge of the firm or company that you are interviewing with, as well as the role itself. It is a good idea to research the firm/ company online, as well as taking a look at current employees on Linkedin. This will give you a better idea of the company’s culture and structure and being able to demonstrate prior knowledge of the company or firm is essential and allow you to communicate your enthusiasm.
2. Before The Interview
This may seem obvious, but we recommend reading your CV again to ensure you know it well, as you may be asked about to provide details which could be from a position which you were in a few years back for example. Knowing every detail of your CV will ensure that you are prepared to answer any questions which may arise.
Also you should be prepared to explain your career history to date- the motivations and choices that you have made. Additionally, you should be preparing to answer questions on your short, medium and long-term ambitions as well as your professional and personal strengths and weaknesses.
3. During The Interview
Every interview and every interviewer is different. Some organisations have a very formal interview style, while others have a more modern and relaxed approach.
While the majority of interviews will be biographical in nature, you may also be asked competency-based questions. Some firms or companies will inform you in advance of the structure of the interview and what content will be involved.
You can find more advice on how to approach competency interviews by downloading the interview guide on our website: https://thomsonlrc.com/candidates/interview-guide/
Finally, you will need to show initiative and enthusiasm. Preparing one or two relevant questions about the company and the role will go a long way in showing you’re motivated and interested in the role.
While it is normal to be stressed, you need to keep in mind that the interview is also a time for you to assess the company and determine whether you would like to work with them or not. Thomson Legal can help you prepare your interview and get rid of any unnecessary stress.
If you would like more legal career advice, please get in touch with Thomson Legal, we will be happy to help you secure your next role.