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Consider This Your Insider's Guide To Interviewing
Search the Internet for tips on law firm interviewing and you’ll get the standard response: dress professionally, arrive on time, research the firm ahead of time.  You know, the usual. But this is your career — your life — and your real goal should be to determine whether K&L Gates is the right choice for you.

Top 5 Things to Keep in Mind:

  • Make a self-assessment. List all the factors that are important to you and rank them based on your needs and expectations. Ask yourself questions like: What’s your preferred firm size? What practice areas interest you? Do you prefer to work as a team, solo or both? Would you rather be in an entrepreneurial, structured or free-market environment?
  • Present the real you. In your interview, relax and respond to questions naturally and honestly. Sell your strengths. Recognize your weaknesses. And stay away from overly rehearsed responses. Honesty is always the best policy and if you really don’t know the answer – just say so.
  • Understand expectations. It’s no secret that practicing law is challenging. So it’s important to comprehend the demands of the law firm where you’re interviewing. Ask what a typical day or week at the firm looks like. And understand the expectations of associates. After all, your chances for success and happiness are directly linked to whether your expectations and the expectations of the firm coincide.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. You can learn a lot about the culture of a firm, just by looking around. Note the design of the office space. See whether office doors are predominantly open or closed. Notice if the environment feels fast-paced and exciting or calmed and relaxed. You’ll be spending a lot of time at the office and you should feel comfortable in your new space.
  • Ask thoughtful questions. Don’t waste time asking things you can find on a law firm website – ask the interviewer to go into more detail regarding what you’ve learned on your own. If there’s a controversial topic, don’t be afraid to ask about it in a positive and respectful manner. However, it’s best to save more sensitive questions until you receive the offer.