Good morning. Have a seat. Welcome to the job interview
. You now have one 30-minute chance to convince a complete stranger that you are the second coming of Clarence Darrow. Your inquisitor has seen hundreds like you. She may have already seen a dozen today. Each of your fellow job-seekers is bright, well-rounded, and ambitious-just like you. What should you say? What should you do? What the heck should you wear? Here, everything you need to know to win the heart and mind of the person who holds your professional future in her hands. Make yourself comfortable. Let's get started.
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People tend to think an interview begins when they arrive at the firm. People are wrong. People who get the job prepare thoroughly before they show up.
1. Decide ahead of time what you want to say about yourself.
Think of the interview as a 30-minute advertisement-for you:What are the messages you want to get across?
- That you're a leader?
- An effective problem-solver?
- Someone with a passion for litigation?
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