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  • Alison Bone - interviewing

    1. 1. Alison BoneLLB Course Director, University of Brighton Erica Bone HR Advisor, Wiley Blackwell
    2. 2.  It is only in very rare circumstances ( e.g. entertainment, modeling) potential employers/agents can charge to find you work If they DO charge you for their services these must be set out very clearly explaining notice, withdrawal without penalty Anything you say to potential employers must be treated as confidential, although you may be asked for information to confirm your identity
    3. 3.  Anything an employer says or writes during the recruitment process could be deemed to be at the very least a representation Statements made during the interview are likely to form part of the terms of the offer. Keep a careful note of what was said and by whom! If it is important to you try and get confirmation afterwards Similarly anything YOU say during the recruitment process must be true – hype is acceptable – but know where to draw the line
    4. 4.  Is it relevant? DO include Maths and English GCSE + e.g. 8 others at Grade B and above. A levels/IB inc grades. Degree classification. Elective modules DON’T include long sections on hobbies, personal interests etc Work experience – what you did, where you did it, how long for Presentation – watch the lay-out. One font, simple and concise lay-out. Immaculate grammar and spelling
    5. 5.  How long do you think I take to read your CV/covering letter? Covering letter – sometimes worth taking a risk….BUT humour is NOT advisable I realised from a young age my desire to be a professional stunt man would not be successful since my phobia of heights, deep water rafting, shattering glass, explosions as well as not actually being a man, were contributory factors Make social networking work for you Have you researched the company thoroughly? Check you have (a) a professional voicemail message and (b) a sensible email address
    6. 6.  This starts from the moment you enter the building You can never be too smart – but check out the company website for hints Do not come empty-handed Remember you are now a serious potential candidate With or without outside help...
    7. 7.  Keep your answers precise and to the point – let the interviewer lead the interview: watch their body language Be prepared to show examples e.g. websites you’ve designed, pro bono cases you’ve worked on – but make sure you refer back to the interviewer’s question Confidence and engagement are paramount But don’t be arrogant! Try not to regard the interview as a test Have some questions to ask – but only a few
    8. 8.  Don’t badger them – even if you are successful it may take longer to let you know the outcome If you are given new information with the job offer think carefully – you don’t have to accept immediately Make sure your referees are informed Have vital information to hand eg planned holidays Feedback if unsuccessful?
    9. 9.  University of Kent Law Practice Interviews here If you think you have been – or could be - discriminated against check out the HR websites Recruitment interviewing - the law Find out what typical questions might be Top 100 Interview Questions (for lawyers....) Check out the legal job websites Target Jobs

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