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How to handle a job interview?

Postby L_William_W » Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:40 pm

Please, no trolling, facetious remarks, etc. If you don't have any useful advice, don't post in this thread...

After all of the misery of sending in resumes and cover letters only to get rejected for positions that I could do in my sleep, I finally got an interview. One of my friends from law school talked to his boss and said that I'd be a good fit for a position. Basically, I would be drafting documents.including motions. The job is in a NYC suburb. I passed the July 2017 NY bar exam (on attempt #3) and the NYLE, but I'm not officially barred in NY- I still have to submit about 50 documents of paperwork. However, the position doesn't require being admitted in NY.

I'm a high-strung person and I have a stuttering problem. I really want this position since I turn 33 next month, still live with my parents, and owe over $100,000 to the government. In addition, I don't want to make my friend look bad. How should I handle the interview?


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Re: How to handle a job interview?

Postby RaceJudicata » Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:10 pm

Practice interviewing (your law school should have services for alums, or even have your parents/friends ask you questions, or hell, practice in front of a mirror).

Ask your friend about the firm so you can speak intelligently about their practice.

Do your best.

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Re: How to handle a job interview?

Postby Br3v » Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:13 pm

Ask your friend about the firm so you know what you're talking about.

Practice your answers to various questions that you know you'll be asked (e.g "tell me about yourself," "why do you want to work here," "biggest strength/weakness.")



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Re: How to handle a job interview?

Postby mcmand » Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:12 pm

Practice and try to relax. It's a conversation, not a performance. Sketch out possible questions and answers, and practice them, but let the actual interview flow more naturally and plug in information about yourself at the right moments. Your friend can practice this with you.

This may be personal, so feel free to not reply, but do you see a speech therapist or psychologist about stuttering? I don't want to assume either way, but maybe your SLP/psychologist can give you tips and tricks on handling interviews. And if you aren't seeing one, it's worth looking into it, they are very helpful!

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