However good your results, however much work experience you have, interviews can be daunting. Sure, you don't know exactly what you'll be asked or whether you'll "click" with your interviewers, but there are some simple things you can do to improve your chances.
1. Assess your application / CV critically. Any less than stellar grades? Any work experience, particularly in the same field as the firm? Any gap year-type breaks? Any hobbies / special skills you've listed? You can bet that these will come up as questions - you need to be ready to give concise, convincing answers to these questions.
2. Prepare for the obvious questions. Lawyers are a predictable bunch, so you can almost guarantee you'll be asked about your choice of A-levels, your choice of degree and why you're interested in this particular firm. Think about it - you know these questions will come up, so why not prepare to knock out some winning answers?
3. Practice, practice, practice. From the exercise above, you should have a list of about ten questions that are inevitable. Now comes the hard part - you need to drill the answers until you could recite them in your sleep. That means:
Preparing bullet-point, keyword answers to each question.
Learning them off by heart.
Practicing out loud until you know the words and sound confident saying them.
Very few people are naturally good at or comfortable in interview situations. Want to improve your chances? Practice makes perfect.
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