I know people who seem to get every job they ever interview for, whether or not they’re the most qualified candidate. But most people who interview don’t get the job. This isn’t surprising, given the number of applicants for each opening. But bottom line, there are only five reasons people don’t get the job they’re interviewing for.
Employers are really asking five questions in their interview:
Can you do the job?
Do you want the job?
Will you fit in?
Can we manage you?
Will you do the job long term?
If you can successfully communicate positive responses to these, then there’s nothing else you need to prove, and you’ll get the job. But the truth is, most people cannot effectively communicate those five simple things.
1. Can You Do the Job?
In most cases, if you’ve earned an interview, you probably can do the job. You’ve demonstrated that...
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In 1998, the American Bar Association published the results of a comprehensive survey of its members engaged in private practice. The survey, which examined the utilization of legal assistants (the term used in this survey rather than paralegal), revealed the following:
Almost two-thirds of the lawyers who responded to the survey employed legal assistants.
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Suzy Smith owns and manages Personalized Paralegal Services, LLC, located in Littleton, CO. She is a paralegal who specializes in domestic family matters and estate planning. Prior to opening her company, Suzy served as a paraprofessional in Jefferson County, CO for four years and she worked as a teaching assistant in special education for five years. She was a diabetes support aid who educated schools about the disease. Suzy had the privilege of taking care of children with diabetes at school as well as on field trips. She also worked as a paralegal for guardian ad litem attorney Harry Titcombe. Suzy has twelve years experience as a legal staff member, and two of those years have been..