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Tips on Preparing Yourself for the Interview for an In-House Counsel Job

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Recently, one of the leading in-house counsel publishers gave some advice to general counsels on how to conduct effective job interviews. This advice was given to those who are hiring new in-house counsel — i.e., interviewers.

So I'd like to discuss that publisher's points and use them to show you how job applicants can prepare for interviews.

Company Profile

The publisher's first suggestion was for the firm to send a given candidate a profile of the company and law department before the interview. Many companies will do this; many won't. Why is this important? Because the more you know about the company and the legal department there before you go, the more prepared you are.

Companies are impressed by people who obviously have put in a lot of preparation for an interview. If you are willing to learn this much about them, then you will be willing to work hard for them, too. This holds true even if the company doesn't send you a profile.

Lesson one: Learn all you can about the company and legal department.

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