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Category Archives: Interview

As a lawyer candidate, do you have the ‘X-Factor’?

It’s that time of year again: the nation’s hopeful sharpen their vocal muscles and compete for a shot at the big time. What always interests me, is that those contestants who make it to the final few, have effectively made it. All the way back

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The 10 exit interview questions you must ask if you’re losing staff

Some law firms undertake exit interviews as a matter of routine, some don’t. For the firms that do, there’s a real focus on what could’ve been done to persuade the employee to stay. Frankly, this is a bit ‘shutting the stable door after the horse

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The fine line between arrogance and confidence during an interview

This feedback comes up often. Just the other week I received comments along these lines from a client, so it got me thinking about the ‘fine line’ (which has the added complication of being very subjective).   First of all, let’s agree on what both

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The ultimate pre-interview checklist: don’t overlook these details

Interviewing is always nerve-racking. Even if you’re incredibly experienced: most people find it genuinely hard to ‘sell’ themselves.  The best way to fight those nerves is all in the preparation; a lot of effort at this stage positions you in the best light possible. But

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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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