I still have Ravens fever and I don’t want a cure. So I thought it was great when I stumbled across an article about “Why John Harbaugh would ace a job interview.”
The article praises Harbaugh for his smarts, as well as a humble and cool demeanor that, the author claims, would help him navigate the interview, which I find to be the terrifying portion of the job-search process.
The author claims Harbaugh could land any interview and I can take this claim seriously. Not all interview(ing) articles are written with a field as competitive as the legal field in mind, but I think it’s safe to say that NFL head coaching positions are hard to come by.
I have always gotten fairly nervous on interviews; now, after changing jobs a few times and mostly because of the economy being what it is, I have felt even more pressure and nerves. With so few attorney positions available I think it’s easy to feel real pressure to stand out, be perfect and out-shine the other candidates interviewing.
Because there are so many candidates applying for each job, I feel that it’s an accomplishment just to get invited to an interview by an employer. I think it can be really tough to be yourself at the interviews because if it doesn’t go well for whatever reason, there’s not necessarily going to be another opportunity you can scoop up right away. There’s a lot riding on that conversation.
I think interviews can be especially tough for young attorneys because your ability to stand out is limited to an extent. Most young attorneys aren’t going to have work experience that sets them apart from the crowd. We’ve taken our classes, passed the bar and maybe have some work experience during law school or after college, but for the most part a lot of us look fairly similar. We know what we think we are interested in to the best of our ability but many of us aren’t going to be the right fit in our first job and there’s not much of a way to prevent that.
I do think pro bono work (if a possibility) is one way to stand out, as is showing your interest in certain types of law. I know there isn’t a magic answer here but I would love to hear thoughts from you readers. Does anyone have any tips for me and others out there about how to navigate the interview process? Any thoughts that you might have about how to make interviewing less nerve wracking or your experiences in general are very welcome