buckilaw wrote: 3rdYrLitigator wrote:
Na_Swatch wrote:When you say you can't believe you interviewed a lot of crappy students, what made these interviewees so bad? And any good tips about interviewing? Thanks a lot for answering questions!
It's hard to say what makes them crappy. I can tell within about 2 minutes when it's going to be a terrible interview. I asked an interviewee what they did in their spare time and his answer was "nothing." If you can't answer a question like that, you're in trouble. You have to be able to keep up a general conversation, talk about your career goals, and why you're interested in the law/law firm and you'll be fine.
Is there anything an interviewee can do or say during an interview that leaves an especially good impression?
Is there anything an interviewee can do that will cause an automatic ding?
There isn't a single thing that an interviewee can do or say, but having confidence a big plus. Of the 20 or 30 I did, there were about 3 where the partner I was interviewing with and I didn't even have to talk about the candidate it was just a "yes." They had the grades, but so did a lot of the students. What set those 3 apart was confidence, enthusiasm, and being able to speak intelligently about whatever we asked them (not legal questions, just general questions).
There are absolutely things that an interviewee can do that will cause an automatic ding, one told a really inappropriate joke and there was no way that guy was getting a callback. Things like that. Also, dress appropriately (that's mostly a tip to the women).