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Career 411: How to Prepare for an Interview

You applied for a position and have received the wonderful news that you have been selected to interview… NOW WHAT?!?!?!?!?! In order to ace your interview, follow these steps to prepare for any interview you may have.

  1. KNOW YOURSELF
    1. What are your strengths?
    2. What are your weaknesses?
    3. How do your skills and experiences relate the position that you are interviewing for?
    4. What experiences in your past demonstrate your ability to multitask?
    5. What experiences demonstrate your ability to handle pressure and stress and work under a deadline?
  2. KNOW THE EMPLOYER
    1. Review the firm or organization with whom you are interviewing’s website and be able to have a conversation about what they do and who they serve.
    2. Speak to upper-level students who have worked/clerked/interned at this particular employer to get feedback and tips.
    3. Research the various types of law that organization practices, or the type of work they do.
    4. If provided, look up to see if any Mizzou Law alums work in the office.
    5. If you know who will be interviewing you, be sure and research the type of law they practice and any other information provided on the firm’s website
  3. PRACTICE
    1. Prepare a one minute introductory speech and practice it out loud—in front of a mirror—in front of a friend… it doesn’t matter, just practice it.
    2. Ask someone in the Career Development Office to give you a mock interview to practice answering questions in a more formal environment.
    3. Review your resume and be prepared to talk about every entry.
    4. Try on your interview attire and be sure it is clean and pressed… you want to dress to impress.
    5. Make sure you know how long it will take to travel to your interview and leave plenty of time for traffic and weather.
  4. BE CONFIDENT
    1. You are smart, hard-working and dedicated, be confident and you will shine during your interview.

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