The Interview

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.

Upon closing:

  • 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.
  • Repetition.

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.