Category Archives: Interview Tips

Tips for attorneys and lawyers on how to interview for their next legal position.

Silence Is NOT Golden: Why Don’t Candidates Ask Questions?

The interview is over and you’ve gleaned a little bit of insight on the potential new firm.  When the questions end and the interviewer asks if you have any questions, please don’t sit there and say nothing.  This is your … Continue reading

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The All-Important Thank You Note

“Please” and “thank you” go a long way.  We learned that in kindergarten and the lesson hasn’t changed since we graduated law school.  I was recently reminded of this when a friend’s son graduated from high school.  My wife and … Continue reading

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An open letter to those who didn’t graduate from Harvard Law School. Sell your abilities and don’t focus on the “blemishes” on your resume.

I get it.  You went to a law school that isn’t causing the employers to beat down your door.  Or maybe you have an ominous gap in your resume.  Or maybe you have some other blemish on your resume.  My … Continue reading

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Yes, but what do you DO?

“I’m an attorney.  More specifically, I’m a litigator.  Even more specifically, I’m a products defense attorney.”  Great – that’s the type of law that you practice, but what do you DO? The general type of law that you practice is … Continue reading

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Your brain is playing tricks on you.

One of my favorite authors is business guru Seth Godin.  In several of his books he outlines how fear of the unknown and aversion to change causes inaction and maintains the status quo.  Read The Linchpin for more details, but … Continue reading

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The job search isn’t working. Could you have made one of these mistakes?

You’ve been at the job search for a while and it doesn’t seem to be going as well as you’d hoped.  Certainly a soft market can be a partial explanation, but is it possible that you are contributing to your … Continue reading

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The Only Interview Question That Matters: Why Should We Hire You?

  Maybe more than the innocuous “tell me about yourself” question, the most important question in an interview is “why should we hire you”.  It boils down the entire hiring process into one answer – and there is only one … Continue reading

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INTERVIEWS: LEARNING FROM YOUR MISTAKES

Job opportunities are starting to pick up, more attorneys are open to considering new positions, and jobs are getting filled.  All good news for employers, candidates and recruiters alike!  However, for every person that gets an offer, there are many … Continue reading

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Is There Too Much Credibility Placed on Reference Checks?

References are a lot like your mother – they aren’t going to say anything bad about you.  As a result, it’s my contention that there is far too much weight that is put on reference checks.  In my dozen-plus years … Continue reading

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Dirty Laundry

Every law firm or company has aspects that are less than desirable for some people.  In fact, this may be the reason that someone is considering a move.  However, it is never a good to dwell on this too much … Continue reading

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