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Learn what you must do to get ready for a law firm interview in this article. READ MORE >
Find out how to hire the best lateral attorneys and the types of attorneys prestigious law firms avoid in this article. READ MORE >
Are you waiting to hear back from a law firm about your application or interview? Find out the most common reasons law firms are unresponsive in this article.
This article discusses legal recruiting coordinators, one of the most important roles in the legal profession and a profession that all attorneys need to understand if they are seeking positions in midsized to larger law firms. Not everything this article has to say is flattering.
There are over 25,000 legal recruiting coordinators that we are aware of at BCG Attorney Search and the majority of them are excellent; however, just as there are attorneys that are not great at their jobs, or legal recruiters not good at their jobs, not everyone is good at being a legal recruiting coordinator either. A bad attorney can impact the result a client gets in a case, just as a bad legal recruiter can hurt your job search chances—and it is not different with legal recruiting coordinators.
At BCG Attorney Search our goal is to tell it like it is. We are in a competitive profession and this requires understanding all of the players.
For a more comprehensive review of legal recruiting coordinators please review this article here: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Legal Recruiting Coordinators and Their Role in the Attorney and Law Student Hiring Process, Most legal recruiting coordinators are excellent, take their jobs extremely seriously and are integral and crucial to the hiring process in all respects. READ MORE >
Make sure you are prepared to answer any question a law firm might throw at you by reading through this comprehensive list of questions and answers. READ MORE >
Do you know what prestigious law firms are looking for in a lateral attorney? Learn about the six essential questions used by firms in the hiring process. READ MORE >
Learn what getting a phone-screening interview with a law firm means and how you can prepare yourself before the interview. READ MORE >
Make sure you keep your resume, cover letter, and job interview simple as an attorney if you want to find that law firm job you're looking for. READ MORE >
Make sure you are ready for your next law firm interview by reviewing the questions they may ask you and consider what questions you will ask them.
I have compiled a list of 26 questions law firms commonly ask during law firm interviews. One of the best ways to prepare yourself for law firm interviews is by reviewing these questions and practicing your answers. You can even practice with a friend and do a mock interview that can help you get ready. I have also included seven sample questions that you can ask law firms. These questions will show that you are interested in the firm and how they work and truly want to work there. Feel free to come up with your own questions as well, as long as they show your interest in the firm in a similar way. Good luck! READ MORE >
Learn how to present yourself to a law firm in the best light possible and increase your chances of getting the job in this article. READ MORE >
Before your next job interview, prepare yourself by unlocking the power of your own body language. READ MORE >
Have you passed the first law firm interview and are about to go back for round two? Learn how to impress a law firm during second round interviews. READ MORE >
Never, ever, underestimate the importance of your law firm job interview! If you have gotten this far in the process … congratulations … you have your foot in the door (literally) and an offer in well within your grasp. If you have been invited for an interview it means you have made the cut in terms of grades, law school, prior work history, etc. What matters now is that you come to the table prepared and in all respects interested and engaged in the process of meeting the firm’s lawyers and becoming the newest addition to their team. READ MORE >
Take a moment to think a bit about this. A man or woman who dresses exquisitely needs to put a lot of thought and effort into this. They need to ensure that they shop diligently for the right clothing and get clothes that are most suitable to them. They need to take the time to make sure their clothes are well kept up and pay attention to details, from the dry cleaner they use to the creases that appear in their pants. They need to make sure their clothes are tailored properly. They need to make sure they are purchasing good quality shoes and that these shoes are well polished and the heels are not too worn down. They need to make sure their belt has no scratches. They need to ensure there are no runs in their pantyhose and they need to ensure their slip is not showing. The list of what is required to dress like an outstanding professional could go on and on and on. Being a very professionally dressed person requires a ton of effort and an enormous amount of attention to detail. Being a good dresser also requires an enormous amount of multitasking. In fact, being a good dresser requires so much attention to detail that most people are simply not willing or capable of doing this. READ MORE >
If asked illegal questions (about your race, age, ethnicity, and so forth) be careful not to offend the employer; answer as gracefully as possible. A woman who’s asked her age, for example, can demur with humor with something along the lines of “A lady never tells her age.” This sidesteps the question with a minimum of fuss. Be careful with these sorts of questions should they come up. Although you may decide you don’t want to work for a company that doesn’t respect lawful hiring practices, you also don’t want to make a bad name for yourself in the industry by reacting poorly. READ MORE >
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One of the questions I receive quite often from people I work with is whether or not they should talk about other interviews while they are interviewing with a potential employer. Let me emphasize one thing: This is one of the more important questions you will ever be asked in an interview. Regardless of your qualifications, how you respond to this question will have a direct bearing on whether or not you receive an offer from the employer. Be very careful how you answer it. READ MORE >
There are a number of ways to answer why you are leaving (or left) a job without trashing an employer: READ MORE >
Remember, you are primarily the one who is being evaluated so it is important to look your best. Dressing in a suit will also make you feel more professional and polished. It also shows your interviewers that you are taking their meeting seriously and that you respect their time. READ MORE >
A grinder is a person who demonstrates a single-minded obsession with being the best performer possible. They tend to bill the most hours, they try very hard to fit in well with everyone socially, and they do very excellent work. While grinders desperately want to become partners, they manage to demonstrate their ambitious nature in appropriate ways. They also actively seek out clients. Oddly enough, some grinders fail to attract many new clients because they are so obsessed with the practice of law. In addition, these types of candidates may sometimes demonstrate certain weaknesses. However, they are usually malleable, which helps them overcome their weaknesses. These types of candidates typically get the most offers. READ MORE >
Several years ago a friend called me and encouraged me to interview at his law firm. He told me people at the firm were involved in various movie deals and hobnobbing with movie stars. He told me all of the lawyers were driving around in Porsche convertibles and the firm represented Los Angeles as I had come to see it in movies and television shows. He told me the firm was so exciting that none of the attorneys actually practiced law, and instead spent their time ”doing deals” and socializing with movie stars. READ MORE >
Be polite and courteous to support staff such as secretaries, front desk receptionist, etc. They often have the ear of decision makers and will not hesitate to provide informal feedback on you, especially if you are not respectful. READ MORE >