How to succeed at CV interviews

October 24, 2021

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Firstly, give yourself some credit for landing an interview and here are some useful tips to hopefully make it a successful one!

Know your CV inside out

It is absolutely vital that you know exactly what you have included in your CV and are prepared to answer questions about its content. This may include providing more detail about a previous job or explaining a gap in your CV. This is why it is not a great idea to over-exaggerate achievements or experiences as you may be caught out when asked further questions! Before your interview, try to think of some questions related to the content in your CV in order to prepare answers. It may be helpful to use methods, such as STAR (situation, task, action and results), as a structure for answering interview questions. Once you have prepared some answers, it can be useful to practice with a friend so it becomes more natural in the actual interview.

Relate your own experiences to the required skills

It is vital to research the firm before your interview. The majority of law firms list the key skills and competencies that they are looking for in a potential trainee or intern on their websites. You should familiarise yourself with these and think about how you can relate your own experiences listed in your CV to any of the skills. For example, if the firm looks for teamwork skills, be prepared to talk about a time when you successfully worked in a team. This preparation will provide you with readily available examples which can be tailored to the firm interviewing you. This helps to demonstrate to the firm why you are the person for the job. 

Be yourself and stay calm

An interview is your opportunity to show your personality and for the firm to get to know you a bit more. It is your chance to showcase your skills and abilities, so remember to sell yourself! This isn’t something that comes naturally to many people and it can feel slightly uncomfortable, but it is important that you demonstrate why you are the best candidate for the role. Interviews can be nerve-wracking but try to stay calm and collected throughout. Even if you are thrown by a tricky question, try not to let it show! Remember to take deep breaths and even a sip of water to give you time to collect your thoughts. If you don’t understand what exactly the interviewer is asking you, it is perfectly fine to ask for further clarification rather than attempting to answer a question you don’t fully understand. 

Hopefully these tips will be useful for any future interviews and good luck from us at LittleLaw!

Report written by Imogen Wilson

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