Top Tips for Candidates – finding & getting the right legal job (Part 4)
Posted 4 Aug 2015 by Toby Williamson
Tip 8: First
First impressions count – smart dress, a firm handshake and
good grooming go a long way. Solicitors are meant to be confident people. The
way you dress reflects the sort of person you are – properly shined shoes, neat
hair, clean fingernails, good clothes and confident greeting are all parts of
Most people make up their minds about you within the first minute
of meeting you.
These are easy things to get right to pick up easy points in
the legal recruitment game. It does not matter whether you are a legal secretary, paralegal, legal executive, FCILEX, solicitor or partner in a law
firm there is no excuse for getting this bit of the recruitment process wrong –
and if you are in a close run thing with another candidate for the job it may
come down to the smallest of things to choose between you – so make sure you
stack the odds in your favour!
Tip 9: Eye
contact and smiling
Eye contact and smiling is very important – but overdoing it
might make you look like a lunatic!
People recruit people they like and people
who are like them. Your interviewer will be wanting to meet a smartly dressed,
confident and open person. The eyes, it has been said, are the windows to the
soul. If that is right you need to make sure that you can hold eye contact with
someone to show that you are an open, believable and honest individual. Your
interviewer will want to see how you will behave with clients as well as
colleagues – it is important to demonstrate that you will be a good fit for
their firm and that you will be seen as a confident, approachable and competent
advisor by clients of the law firm.