The waiting game with interviews…

The waiting game with interviews…

The legal world is a waiting game.

You wait to hear back from applications you’ve made, you wait to hear back from interviews you’ve been to and you wait to start your training contract (in the majority of cases, unless there is an immediate start for a lucky few!)

When I was in my final three months of my internship in New York I started making applications as I wanted to secure a job for when I returned home. I updated the CV, refreshed my covering letters and tailored them to whomever I was applying to.

One thing about me: I really believe that technology and technological mediums are the way forward. I applied to a worldwide innovative technology company for a paralegal position and obtained a Skype interview with them. It made me feel like I was making a move forward in some ways: 1) that a major corporation potentially wanted to employ me and 2) that they were happy to interview me via Skype and not in person. I waited three weeks for a response and was told that I would not be advancing to the next round because another candidate had more experience and was available at lesser notice [*sad face*]… However, the company told me to get in touch when I returned to the UK and that there may be another role at the company available to me, however it would be non-legal….I weighed up my options and decided to go for the interview, I figured at least I could meet those who Skype interviewed me in person, as it never hurts to network! With the role being non-legal though I had some doubts as I had undertaken the internship so my chances in the legal world would be greater rather than branching away from law. Needless to say I chose not to take this position (but to my advantage as I had greater things, more suited to my experience, to come my way!)

Ultimately, what I want you to take away from this post is to:

  • Be patient;
  • Be flexible;
  • Be confident;
  • Network your butt off!
  • Take rejection as a stepping stone to learn and grow from your mistakes;
  • Analyse the interviews you’ve had, always think how you could have answered the questions better;
  • Don’t script your answers, be real in the interview and don’t pretend to be someone you’re not;
  • Remember that sometimes it’s not you, it’s the company;
  • Never underestimate your competition;
  • And always remember that if you are called to interview that the company like you on paper, you need to prove to them you’re the right fit in person.

Currently, I’m waiting again. I interviewed with a small firm in Central London three weeks ago and was told not to be concerned if I didn’t hear back from the firm for 1-2 weeks for a second interview. But coming up to three weeks now I’m getting concerned! Questions such as, ‘Should I contact them? Maybe I interviewed terribly? Was I not enthusiastic enough? Were the other candidates better than me?’ all cross my mind, but you have to put them to rest. You need to have the confidence in yourself to believe in yourself. If you can’t believe then how can a potential employer believe in you?? I’ve never wanted to work for a company more than this firm, I think they are fantastic but what’s done is done. Hopefully I purveyed my enthusiasm for the position and all I can do now is cross my fingers. I have my fingers crossed for all of you as well!

 

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  • gregorysmith
    gregorysmith Reply

    Hi Pargeet!

    Congratulations on your skype interview, they are very disconcerting, but a great chance to look gorgeus in a suit without facing the weather elements.

    I loved your comment about networking your butt off!

    There are many ways that students and graduates like yourself can network, we live in a digital age, Twitter and Linkedin are but a start!

    If your based in London, why not google Jake..it is company that organises professional networking events all around the London, I believe most are free to go to.

    I know its not specifically legal but lawyers may show, and I think meeting any professional whether in business, finance, consultancy is a benefit.

    Also, have you heard of LAGLA, Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association, they hold monthly informal socials at the new bloomsbury set. And you do not have to be Lesbian or Gay to attend, Another great chance to network.

    A recurring joke, its good thing they’re not called SLAGS, Straight, Lesbian And Gay LawyerS LOL!

    All the Best Pargeet!!!

    October 4, 2012 at 10:30 pm

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