Interviews can be intimidating and rewarding at the same time. While practice makes perfect, you don’t want to practice too much if you plan to work in a fairly small industry like the legal profession.
In fact, whether you got the interview through recruitment agencies in Toronto or elsewhere or by sending out resumes on your own, you want to keep those numbers and consequently interviews, to a minimum.
Due to how competitive the field is, recruitment agencies in Toronto and elsewhere will put in a lot of work fixing your resume before sending it out to a law firm. They will use a fine-toothed comb to go through every word. Not only does this take a great deal of time – which will physically limit how many resumes you can send out – but it will also benefit you in the long run.
Once you have scored that coveted job interview on your own or through a recruitment agency in Toronto or elsewhere you are well on the way to getting your dream job by following these tips and tricks.
It is unlikely that you’ll ever hear a potential employer tell you that you did too much research and you know too much about the company. Go ahead and research.
If you truly want the job, this will work to your benefit on more than one level. You can tell the interviewers everything you learned about the firm or company to showcase your genuine interest.
The useful information you’ve collected can be a jump-off to a fruitful conversation. Having all that research at your disposal will also help you at the end of the interview when you are asked whether you have any questions.
The best way to gauge the firm or company and the expectations they may have of you is by asking about their most successful employee or associate. Ask what they do exceptionally well and what their experience with the firm or company was like when they first started.
What you are really asking is how the interviewers define success at their firm or company. You are also simultaneously assessing what you will have to do in the first couple of months with the firm in order to stand out.
This will also give you an idea of the opportunities for growth and advancement you may have. Don’t be afraid to ask follow-up questions about the most successful employee. While many recruitment agencies in Toronto and elsewhere will tell you that you should ask about growth opportunities, it is not something you should jump into.
That’s why asking about a successful employee or associate will give you the leeway to getting that information without asking the question outright.
While this tip may sound cliché, it has stood the test of time for a very good reason.
You need to be yourself.
A lot of great candidates are, at times tempted to revert to a memorized script when faced with a high-pressure situation, such as a job interview. Although it may be tempting to do so, this may ultimately work against you.
In order to attract the right kind of opportunity you have to be authentic.
Recruitment agencies in Toronto and elsewhere will tell you that the legal industry is small and you must do your personal best always in order to have good references for your job search.
While gesturing, you open up your palms as often as possible. This is a signal that you are open and honest.
Watch your body language and theirs.
Don’t mirror everything your interviewer does. If, for example, they are sitting with their hands crossed over their chest, that is a defense mechanism and in this case you should work on getting the interviewer to feel more comfortable with you.
Show confidence and know your strengths.
You might already have a myriad of skills that you are not aware of. The best way to overcome a lack of confidence is to speak to as many people who know you well such as friends, family members, and even professionals such as recruitment agencies in Toronto or employment center professionals. You should have a long conversation with them. Ask what they perceive some of your best qualities to be. This will serve as preparation and a bit of an ego boost, both of which will help you get the job. Join a public speaking club in your area!
Exercise, drink a cup of coffee or do whatever activity you really enjoy, prior to the interview. Choose an activity that will put you in a good mood. The energy you give off during the meeting is very important. Ultimately you want to stand out from the other candidates. So make sure to feel your best in order to be your best.