You only get one chance to make a good first impression. These tips can help:
- Research the firm and check their website.
- Ensure you have the exact place and time of interview and the interviewer’s name.
- Arrive 10 minutes early.
- Bring a fresh copy of your resume and your references with you.
- Make sure your presentation is polished and composed.
- Greet your interviewer with a firm, self-assured handshake.
- Be yourself.
Prepare yourself for questions! Be able to provide excellent examples for the following:
- Why do you want to work here?
- What kind of experience do you have for this job?
- What did you like/dislike about your last job?
- Why are you leaving your present position?
- What would you like to be doing five years from now?
- What are your biggest accomplishments?
- How do you work with difficult people?
- What are your salary expectations?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Describe the best boss you have ever worked with.
- What are your pet peeves?
- What environment do you like to work in?
- What are you looking for in your next job?
- Describe a difficult problem you’ve had to deal with.
- What would your references say?
During the interview:
- Focus on the questions asked and provide clear, concise answers.
- Ask questions.
- Respond with enthusiastic and pleasant answers to remarks and questions.
- Avoid discussing salary and benefits at the first interview.
- Match the interviewer’s style.
- Maintain a positive frame of mind.
- Make sure you talk about why you are interested in the position and what you can offer the firm.
- Let them know you are excited about the position.
- Find out what the next step is.
- Make a statement that indicates that you can do the job and that you would like to receive an offer.
- Finally, tell the employer how much you would enjoy working with him/her personally.
After the interview:
- Follow up immediately after your interview with a hand-written card/brief letter of thanks to your interviewer.
RESUME Tips for Legal Jobs in Vancouver:
Your resume should:
- Clearly identify what you are looking for. (i.e. “junior legal administrative assistant”)
- Be accompanied by a brief cover letter outlining your objective and highlighting your skillset.
- Clearly identify your main credentials within 15 seconds.
- List your major accomplishments and responsibilities for each position.
- Sell yourself effectively.
- Be clear, concise and to the point.
Resume details to avoid:
- Listing personal information (SIN number, marital status, hobbies, rusty skills, etc.)
- Photos, fancy fonts, ‘cute’ paper.
- Mistakes, especially spelling.
What legal employers are looking for:
- Top graduates of a recognized University or College.
- Technical skills; 70+ wpm.
- Stable work history.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Professional presentation.
- Positive, service-oriented attitude.
- Interest in the company and the position.
- Clear sense of purpose.
- High performance standards.