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Category Archives: Interview

Why sharing your post-interview feedback is critical if you want the job

“I think the interview went well but you never truly know, do you?” We’re British after all; so just like the restaurant waiter asking whether everything’s OK with your meal – you’ve just discussed this with your dinner partner and agree you’ll NEVER return to

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The two-sided interview: why you need to interview your interviewer!

Looking for a job can be an anxious-ridden time. You might’ve worked with your current employer for a long period, or maybe you’ve worked on a few shorter-term contracts; one thing’s for sure every job seeker wants to join a business with a future ahead

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Character versus credentials – what’s more important at interview stage?

One thing I’ve noticed – recruiting for top-tier law firms (that dominate in their respective markets) – is the interview process doesn’t differ that much law firm to law firm; more often than not, the difference between securing an offer and being unsuccessful has less to do with your skill-set than

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When is and isn’t it OK to cancel a scheduled job interview

Is it OK to cancel a job interview? My gut response is no! The thought of candidates cancelling interviews that they and I have worked hard to secure is frustrating, and for those who’ve watched Sex and the City it reminds me of the episode

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Reasons clients don’t advance lawyers to the 2nd stage interview/offer

Don’t shoot the messenger – the reasons listed below come directly from the horse’s mouth: feedback we receive from clients! Lack of preparation “Not enough research was undertaken into our business.” “Didn’t give us a reason why the specific role was strongly desired over another one;

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How to answer: ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years?’

One of the fundamental purposes (of an interview) for an interviewer is getting to know the lawyer candidate better: to understand what makes them tick as an individual, learn their career ambitions and gauge how committed they’re going to be to in the role. This

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Take the stress out of your first interview… and your first date?

In a previous blog, I drew parallels between using a recruiter and online dating. Dating is always a fun and often interesting conversation amongst my friends. We’re now at an age where most are either married or getting married and having children or having more

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What should you expect from your recruitment consultant?

How can I secure an interview?

Once you’ve made the decision to find a new job, the next step is making sure you get the opportunity to meet with a range of firms that interest you. You want to be sure you’ve extensively explored the market/what’s on offer to you. Firstly,

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Four interview hacks that’ll help you at every interview

No matter how easy some might find it to talk about themselves, most people find interviews daunting. By having a game-plan and getting the small stuff right, you regain control and give yourself the best chance to showcase your abilities; all too often, the main

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A bike commuter’s thoughts on the next generation of lawyers

Newly qualified solicitors – how effectively are you running your job search?

Well, here we are again, it’s NQ season! And in Leeds it seems to be going pretty early this year, no doubt precipitated by the shortage of good candidates at the 1-4PQE level across a wide range of disciplines. And like every year, we see

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A Change is as Good as a Rest

Should I rearrange my interview?

Let’s set the scene – work is flooding in and there aren’t enough hands on deck to cope. You start looking for a new role because things are becoming too much to handle. Applications are made, and interviews start coming through, but when will you

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One of the biggest barriers to finding a new job for some people is…

  I work across all levels of the market and with lawyers who work in a variety of environments.  Some of these environments are more flexible than others and never is this more evident than when it comes to arranging interviews. Having discussed your motivations,

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