Anonymous User wrote:=
Wow, I always stuck to the 80/20 rule (you should be doing 80% of the talking). Maybe that was a mistake- although I don't know how many of my interviews would have lasted longer than 5 minutes if I'd been shorter with my answers. I struck out too and am having no luck outside OCI, so maybe I should change it up.
What really did it for me was learning that (and I think this is usually true?) the interviewers were only really evaluating your personality. I had thought of it like a traditional interview, where you talk to the person who might want to hire you and advocate for yourself. (I've interviewed many times outside the law school context, and I can't remember a time when I wasn't hired, so it's not like I'm just unhireably weird or something.) I would be curious to see one of these forms. But anyway, I was thinking (like you, perhaps) "hey, this is my once chance to provide a positive narrative for my application, I better make sure I get everything across". In reality, I think, they are just making notes on how much they liked talking to you. People like to talk and get frustrated when they can't.
Why am I learning this after the fact rather than through career services beforehand? "Your interviews matter a lot; also, interviewers are evaluating you almost entirely on how much they like you, so you don't need to talk up your resume more than a little."
I would encourage you to try the more conversational style; I think it does end up feeling better. There's still plenty to talk about; it's just that the format becomes more back-and-forth. That is, they ask a question, you give an initial response, they usually say something in return, you play off of that, and so on. (Or, rarely, they move right on to what they really want to know, and you can always reference back to the earlier point in other responses.)