Preparation, preparation and preparation!
There is no excuse these days in not researching and preparing for an
interview. Your recruitment consultant should give you inside
information on the firm, personalities of interviewers and what they are
looking for. The internet is your friend. There is so much information
on firm’s own websites and resource materials that you would be foolish
not to properly prepare yourself as well. Firms expect it.
You will be asked questions about dilemmas you have faced in your
professional and personal life and how you approached and overcame them.
It can cover anything from conflict management to delegation. If you
look for “competency based interview questions” on the internet there is
a wealth of information there for you to practice with!
Expect to be grilled. You are, as a lawyer, expected to be up to date
with the law, legal trends, legal news and wider issues affecting the
profession. Make sure you are up to date with relevant case law in your
chosen field and consider how pending landmark decisions or proposed
government policies might impact.
You may be given a case study to read whilst sitting outside the
interview room. They can cover abstract legal problems where there is no
right or wrong answer – they are designed to see how you logically work
through problems. Others can throw up ethical or moral dilemmas. Your
recruitment consultant should have established the interview procedure
for you in advance of your interview but be prepared to expect the
Prepare several questions for you to put to the interviewer at the
end of the interview in case they have not covered points you wanted to
raise during the interview. Avoid asking about things the agency will be
able to answer for you (like number of holidays, benefits, salary) and
concentrate on intelligent issues such as: how ABS firms will affect the
fortunes of the firm you are interviewing with over the next 2 years.