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General Counsel Interview Tips

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First of all, if you are standing outside the office door, it's a bit late to prepare for your interview. To really interview and impress them, you'll need to have started preparing long before. There are two things you'll need to know: facts about the company and facts about you.

Learning about the Company

It's axiomatic that you should know about the company you are interviewing with. Particularly in an in-house counsel setting, the difference between the candidate who knows about the company and has researched challenges the company faces and the candidate who knows just the name on the door is striking.

Remember this: companies hire people to help out the company. They'd much rather hire someone who has shown he will research the company and cares about it than some guy expecting to skate in on the virtue of his resume alone. Your resume got you to the interview; now it's time to show them why they should hire you.

It's also good to know enough about the company to see if it will be a good fit for you. If the company is a strong proponent of oil production and you walk in with your Greenpeace sticker, there's a possibility of conflict.

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