You must prepare for your Callback. Going on an interview unprepared is like going to class after skipping a school assignment; you will be uncomfortable and looking foolish throughout. Even minor preparedness is better than starting a callback cold.
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You must be familiar with the procedure, from how to announce yourself upon your arrival at the firm to what materials to ask for on your way out. There are lists of questions to ask and questions not to ask during your interview and you must prepare well to get through the interview.
Your goal for your callback should be to leave the firm with the impression that you are mature, hardworking, personable, and dedicated to the practice of law. You are a professional who can compose yourself during an interview. So, here the focus should be on what not to do.
What to Expect
Callbacks are more challenging than on-campus interviews because you meet more attorneys and you will have no break- in between what can be very long stretches of interviews. While going through these interviews back-to-back is trying, the callback gives you a much closer look at the firm than an on-campus interview. You will find that the simple act of walking around a number of firms will give you a feel for the different places. The atmosphere of a firm will play a large part in your final decision.
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