If you’ve been asked for a second (or third) interview, pat yourself on the back, you’ve obviously made a good impression. But don’t slack off now, this is just the beginning, and you’ll need to really impress the interviewers if you want a chance at snagging the job. Below are five tips for acing your second, third or even fifth interview with a law firm:
- Keep it professional. Don’t get too relaxed with your attire just because you’ve been called in for a follow-up interview. Talk to law firm insiders and ask what type of attire is expected of candidates after a first interview. If you’re not too sure, play it safe and stick with purely business attire.
- Brush up on dining etiquette. Some follow-up interviews may begin in an office and end up at a restaurant. To make sure you continue to make a good impression, familiarize yourself with proper dining etiquette and avoid ordering smelly or messy dishes.
- Ask questions. Asking the right questions will give you the insight you need to decide if you really want to accept an offer from this law firm. In essence, you want to know if this law firm is offering the things that are important to you.
- Talk to staff. Don’t waste your time checking your phone while in the reception area. Chat up the secretary and see how they’ve enjoyed working at the law firm. The way a law firm treats its support staff is often reflective of how they will treat their attorneys. Just make sure that you don’t ask probing questions, keep it light and casual.
- Stay consistent. Interviewers at your second interview (and other follow-up interviews) will often ask the same questions that were in asked at your first interview. Keep your answers consistent. You don’t want to give the impression that you’re wish washy, or worse—insincere.
If you’re having a follow-up interview, be prepared and don’t get too comfortable. Remember, second impressions can have an even greater impact than first impressions.