Follow the 80/20 rule when interviewing. That’s just one piece of advice from an article in the New Jersey Law Journal on what law firms look for in summer associates. It means that a job candidate should do 80% of the talking during an interview while the interviewer should do 20%.
Students are also advised to be prepared, meaning, among other things, that they should clearly demonstrate an interest in a firm’s specific practice area or geographic location. If they know ahead of time who their interviewer will be, they should also, at a minimum, look up that person on the firm’s website so that they can find some common ground during the interview.
Students should also distinguish themselves by telling the interviewer something interesting about themselves that is not on their resume, since firms are looking for candidates who not only have good academic records but who will also enrich the workplace.
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