« on: August 25, 2008, 03:30:01 AM »
Hey lawdork... I'll give you the same advice I gave my boyfriend (note: I'm not in Law School, never have been or will be, but I've had to interview folks in the past, etc.) He was concerned because he's on the shorter side and doesn't come across as the "suave" type.
1. Relax! From what the bf has said, many firms at their OCI were there more to "scope out next year's field" than find 1L SAs. You'll do fine. And get many tchotchkes in the process.
2. Don't think about your appearance, or anything else that may lower your confidence. You don't want to come across as cocky, but if you usually feel a bit insecure, tell yourself that you have the job and you're there to learn more about the firm (that way you'll come across as more confident...)
3. Try "active listening." Half the time the people interviewing have no previous experience doing this and feel just as uncomfortable as you do. In addition to using leading questions, when the interviewer gives an answer, pick up on something that they say where you can continue the conversation. That way it won't feel like a question/answer type format and you can ease into a more comfortable discussion. Back in the day, I was a resident advisor and had to go through all of these active listening training sessions, which were horrible. If you can make it natural, though, you can have a bit of control over how the interview goes.
4. Don't fidget... if you get clammy hands, keep a handkerchief in the pocket.
5. Sometimes all you need is a new suit/shirt/tie. Given most law students are short on cash, but if having a snazzy new tie will make you feel like a million bucks, it's worth it.