Anonymous User wrote:Hey guys,
Graduated this past May from a T14, struck out at OCI, summer position was never going to lead to a permanent offer and so have been in the vale for quite a while now. Just got my first callback interview in a really long time, at a midsize firm in the east coast. It's a full service firm but has a few niches that it is highly specialized in, I can't really give more info than that without potentially outing the firm, but think more transactional/contracts related. Just wanted to see if I could get some tips for the interview, as I'm a bit nervous and rusty in general (interviews have been pretty hard to come by). I've also never had an in person interview with a small/midsize firm, as most of the ones that granted me interviews went with phone interviews and I was either told to hold tight in case something came up and that they would keep my resume on file, or I would just be straight up rejected. Grade-wise,w as below median, graduated below median but not substantially so by any means, have some interesting/unique international experience/background, did some relevant clinics during law school and gained good experience that way, pretty social person. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you guys so much!
Congrats! As a former unemployed 3L, I'm happy for you. It is possible to get out of the VAle, and you graduated this past May from a relatively great school. You're as ready to get employment as anyone else.
I would say to be confident first and foremost. This firm obviously has some strong interest in you because they're going to fly you out on their dime. Take that as a good sign!
I would just start by preparing and crafting some natural-sounding and believable answers to questions that you would typically get. "Why this firm?" "What area are you interested in?" "Tell me about yourself."
Also, just prepare some questions that show you really did your research. And also ask questions that give the interviewer a chance to talk about himself and brag a little (I found that worked for me at least). People like talking about themselves