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Legal Job Interview: Homework You Should Do

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Success in a legal job interview, as in any other professional endeavor, requires preparation and thought. There should be no surprises during the interview itself: you should know what you want, you should anticipate what the lawyer-interviewer wants, you should have ready answers to the standard interview questions, you should have in your mind a list of questions to fill awkward silences, and (most important of all) you should want the job.
 
Legal Job Interview: Homework You Should Do

No one should ever waste time interviewing for a job they know they will not like; even if they are successful in getting an offer, they will be in a double bind. If they reject the offer, they demonstrate bad faith to the prospective employer, which can only hurt them in the long run (legal employers have long memories and the legal community, while large is still small enough that you are certain to encounter some of these people in your practice later on). If they accept the offer, they are committed to a job in which the odds for success are remote, and the odds of failure high. Why? Because in the long run no one can succeed doing work that they don't like doing, or being in a job that they know is a dead end for them. I repeat: you should never walk into an interview situation without knowing in advance that the position, if offered to you, is one you would accept. You will not have this knowledge without doing your homework, sizing up the potential employer, and sizing up the people who are most likely to be your lawyer-interviewers. This chapter discusses the things you should do before you walk into the interview room.

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