University of New Hampshire

School of Law

Legal Career Toolkit – Interview Skills for a Screening Interview

I. Preparation

  • Learn what you can about the employer
  • Talk to alumni who are have worked, or who are currently working, for the employer
  • Find out the names and background information of the interviewers
  • Make an exploratory visit for parking and location of employer
  • Try on what you are wearing the night before the interview
  • Good grooming: Do you need a haircut? Opt for conservative dress
  • Make copies of transcripts, resumes, writing samples, and references

II. Practice

  • Review your application materials
  • Be prepared to discuss anything on your resume positively
  • Isolate two characteristics about yourself that you want to get across during the interview: What is it about you that makes you a good match for the position?
  • Have an answer for each of the interview questions found in the sample questions
  • Practice these answers out loud

III. First Impressions

  • Maintain eye contact
  • Good grooming – watch out for fragrances that might be too strong
  • Shake hands firmly
  • Wait to have the interviewer direct you to sit
  • Project a confident, positive attitude

IV. Main Event

  • Answer in a concise and concrete manner, and follow up assertions such as "I am a hard worker" with specific examples
  • Be aware of body language
  • Ask at least two questions about the employer at the end of interview
  • Show your enthusiasm, and be positive
  • Being nervous is fine

V. Post Interview

  • Record the names of all the persons you met with
  • Write thank-you letters
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