Interviews are exacting and can be nerve-racking. Following this advice will help you give the best possible account of yourself.
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A well-conducted interview should be an open exchange between you and the interviewers. You should do most of the talking. How much? About 80%.
Think carefully about what the role involves. Use your experience of placements, what you have read and the people you have spoken to, then match your skills to the role. Be prepared to give examples of how your skills and qualities will make you effective in the role.
Nerves can strike the very best candidates, but try to remain calm and look confident. Interviewers will be assessing how you may come across to clients. Good eye contact and a firm handshake at the start of the interview are important. Do you have the potential to inspire confidence in others? You would not instruct a lawyer who lacks this skill. Remember: However jittery you feel inside, project a calm and confident manner as best you can.
If you need time to think during the interview, ask for it. At Hogan Lovells we are more interested in the content of your answer than the speed with which you deliver it.
Be honest and be yourself. Don’t try to conform to what you think the interviewer may expect – you will probably be wrong. Instead, think about all the good things you want to get across about yourself.