poi wrote:This may have been asked before, but I am horrible at interviews. I am 80% sure that if I interviewed, my chances of admission would decrease, but I read that if I skipped the interview, my chances of admission would significantly decrease. Catch-22. What to do?
To add to what Jam and emkay have said, you might want to work on your interview skills now while you can. Interviewing is an incredibly important aspect of getting a job in the legal world--you need to do 2 interviews just to get an offer--so it's best for you to get familiar with it now instead of right in the middle of 1L job hunting or 2L OCI.
In fact, the reason why NU does interviews is in an attempt to replicate the 2L OCI job hunt for 0Ls so we get a taste of what interviews are like. Of course, our interviews are much easier and there's a lot less pressure involved, but still. Point is: get used to it, because it will be crucial to have as a skill in the future.
This. Also, the best thing to do for any interview is just relax. I'm a pretty reserved guy so I had some trouble with interviews myself coming out of undergrad. Here's some general advice that has really helped me:
Quiet confidence is great to have, bragging too much can indicate that you're insecure and you don't want to come across as brash. If you're considering NU then you've probably already done some pretty cool things in life so don't be afraid to talk about yourself (of course avoid being too braggy or putting down others). Be yourself and don't try to be something you're not. For example, if you're not funny don't try to tell a joke. A little casual conversation at the beginning won't hurt, but make sure you come across as someone who can be professional. Other things interviewers like to see: demonstrated leadership, ability to work with others, communication skills (writing as well as speaking are important for lawyers), a wide range of interests...
In the end, unless you totally bomb by not knowing anything about the school or saying something inappropriate this isn't going to make or break your chances at admissions so take the interview. Definitely look at the list of interview questions in the original post, those are pretty standard for a lot of behavioral interviews so having good answers for them will serve you well now and in the future. Also, make sure you have some questions of your own for the interviewer. Good luck!