To create that good first “first impression,” come up with a comprehensive cover letter that provides an overview of your credential. The prose should sound professional and straightforward. Even if you’re in the legal field, don’t fill the letter with jargons, unless you’re describing a related anecdote.
In case your letter and CV have helped you make it to the shortlisted, it’s time to create that proper first impression. This is the first phase of pitching yourself. Here are some other tips to help you:
Avoid Saying “I’m skilled in…”
It’s easy to claim that you’re smart, that you’ve been part of this high-profile litigation, and that you’re assisting this prominent attorney. Claims like these are empty, unless you presented your interviewer a specific case where your actions and smarts have helped come up with a desirable resolution. In short, be concrete using anecdotes.
No matter how tense you are, do your best to show your enthusiasm. Don’t be affected by the somber mood of the interviewer. Be resilient and display a positive attitude. Don’t overdo it, however. Otherwise, you will run the risk of sounding like an annoying salesman, or worse, an arrogant career man.
Truth be told, dressing up is almost everything in the legal world. Your suit, tie, blazer or pencil cut skirt will embody your confidence and authority. Don’t be too relaxed by thinking that law firms are not looking for fashion models. They will surely want a lawyer or a paralegal who looks sophisticated.
Ask Intelligent Questions
Asking your interviewer some questions will show him that you’re interested in the job and in the firm altogether. Don’t ask the obvious and the taboos (e.g., salary and the personal life of the interviewer). Keep your questions relevant, and more importantly, intelligent. These queries will mirror how you ponder things.
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