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The annual metamorphosis is upon us. Responding to their primal instincts, law students across the country are shedding the protective cocoon of jeans, sweatshirts and sneakers and are poised for flight in suits, scarves or ties, and briefcases loaded with resumes and writing samples (and, I hope, travel-size toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, and other necessities for emergency touch-ups). It's the on-campus interview season, affectionately known as OCI.
In a boom economy, it is just about impossible to screw up an interview. Employers are looking for a way to register a favorable impression. Maybe you won't get an offer if you state something on the order of "I hate being a team player" or "On principle, I refuse to revise my drafts," or "I never bother to read the cases -- the head notes are good enough for me." But just about anything short of that level of provocation is going to be acceptable. In an economy where hiring is tighter, interviewers are looking for "disqualification factors.
Most law students have entirely adequate social skills, but I still hear reports of being unable to salvage an interview that went sour for no apparent reason at all. Here are a few suggestions:
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