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ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby pinkcamellia » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:00 pm

Hey everyone, I wanted to share with you a method of preparation for interviews since OCI is coming up/in progress for a lot of you. This also works well for job fairs when you have multiple interviews. I call it the Folder Method.

Here's what you'll need:
1) Manila folders (one for each interview)
2) A stack of index cards
3) A pen
4) Paperclips
5) Information pertaining to your interviews, including the name of the firm, time, date, interviewer's name(s), the room number/location of the interview, and what information they need from you (resume, etc.)
6) A stack of neatly stapled resumes, transcripts, and writing samples

Take one manila folder and one index card.

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Write the name of the firm on the unlined side of the index card, as well as the time, date, and location of you interview.

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On the lined side, write your interviewer's name(s) and where they graduated from. List any connections you might have. List what your interviewer's interests or recent accomplishments are. At the end, it might help to write up some talking points if things get slow, or some good questions to ask that you can't find the answers to on the firm's website/NALP/etc. Don't be the guy who asks questions like, "Does your firm specialize in IP Litigation?"

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Now, paper clip that index card to the top front of your manila folder, unlined side up. (Bobby pin is used here because I'm out of paperclips).

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Now, inside that folder you're going to put all the information the firm has requested of you - your resume, your transcripts, your writing sample.

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When you've done this for every firm, you should have a stack of manila folders with index cards face up.

So now, when you go to your interviews, you are fully prepared. Not only do you have all your papers prepared and targeted to each firm ahead of time, but you also have index cards that before each interview, you can sit down and review. No more wondering if you read that thing about some other lawyer at another firm, or forgetting that you had a connection with an interviewer or the market they're in. No more looking at your terrible handwriting on the back of the OCI schedule your law school gave you (if your handwriting is awful, you can use printer paper for this project as well, though I find the index cards to be sturdier).

Make sure that before the interview, you take the papers out of the folder and toss the folder out. The index card can be saved in your pocket if you feel like you will need the info later, but I would recommend throwing out the whole thing and making sure you saved the information that was on the index card on your laptop.

Best of luck, future lawyers!
Last edited by pinkcamellia on Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:51 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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Re: ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby Bildungsroman » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:13 pm

Good job wiping out identifying information except conspicuously leaving "Harvard Law School" visible.

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Re: ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby pinkcamellia » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:15 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:Good job wiping out identifying information except conspicuously leaving "Harvard Law School" visible.


I left it in to annoy you.

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Re: ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby Mr. Frodo » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:15 pm

Tag for several years from now.

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Re: ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby ajaxconstructions » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:15 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:Good job wiping out identifying information except conspicuously leaving "Harvard Law School" visible.

Seriously

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Re: ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby gaud » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:15 pm

tag. thank you!

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Re: ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby top30man » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:19 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Bildungsroman wrote:Good job wiping out identifying information except conspicuously leaving "Harvard Law School" visible.

Seriously

A+ on anon use.

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Re: ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby chup » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:20 pm

ajaxconstructions wrote:
Bildungsroman wrote:Good job wiping out identifying information except conspicuously leaving "Harvard Law School" visible.

Seriously

You are one of the worst gratuitous anon users on this forum. Knock it the fuck off.

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Re: ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby vpintz » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:22 pm

gaud wrote:tag. thank you!

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Re: ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby crumpetsandtea » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:25 pm

This is really helpful, thank you pink! :D

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Re: ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby buckilaw » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:39 pm

180. Appreciate the arrested development references.

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Re: ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby bk1 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:42 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:Good job wiping out identifying information except conspicuously leaving "Harvard Law School" visible.


And dat 1L SA.

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Re: ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby Should I Transfer?? » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:44 pm

Appreciate the arrested development references

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Re: ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby pinkcamellia » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:46 pm

bk1 wrote:
Bildungsroman wrote:Good job wiping out identifying information except conspicuously leaving "Harvard Law School" visible.


And dat 1L SA.


It could have been a 2L SA. Dammit y'all, I just can't do anything right.

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Re: ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby bk1 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:47 pm

pinkcamellia wrote:It could have been a 2L SA. Dammit y'all, I just can't do anything right.


Only if HLS had a PT program (the 2014 gives it away :P).

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Re: ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby pinkcamellia » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:48 pm

bk1 wrote:
pinkcamellia wrote:It could have been a 2L SA. Dammit y'all, I just can't do anything right.


Only if HLS had a PT program (the 2014 gives it away :P).


Oooooh. I'll edit it out.

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Re: ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby Pleasye » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:54 am

Thank you Pink!

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Re: ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby BuckinghamB » Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:30 am

gaud wrote:tag. thank you!

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Re: ITT, Pink shows you how to prep for an interview

Postby iShotFirst » Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:42 am

thanks for the advice




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