Prepare for Success
1. Know thyself.
Initial interview preparation begins with self-assessment. Prior to the interview, re-examine your accomplishments, achievements, strengths, weaknesses, interests, abilities, skills, and work values. Think carefully about what you like and what you do not like about your current position, as well as what you liked and didn't like in previous positions.
- Do you like a fast-paced, spontaneous environment where every day presents a new challenge and curveballs constantly keep you “on your toes”?
- Or, do you prefer the comfort of routine, and feel most at ease with a calculated day-to-day schedule in an environment that is predictable?
It is good to understand and reflect upon your own behavioral preferences. Recognizing which working environment is most conducive to helping you excel is a key to understanding your strengths, and will help you in assessing whether the company you are interviewing with fosters an environment that is best for YOU.
2. Success happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Research the company at length prior to the interview. Use every possible avenue to learn all you can about the company and the position. Review the company’s website, as well as competitor’s websites. Try to gauge the company culture through your research, so you can be cognizant of cultural and environmental indicators while you are interviewing. Afterwards, you can assess how these indicators match up against your behavioral preferences.
- Do you recognize that the temperament of your interviewers is fast-paced? Are various individuals coming in and out of the interview? Does the company appear to be “humming” with activity?
- If you recognized in your self-assessment that a fast-paced, spontaneous environment enables you to thrive the most, then a business that is “humming” with activity may be an excellent fit for you.
- Does the interview take a predictable, calculated format without many, if any, interruptions? Is the interview experience well-organized and planned out with little, or no, surprises?
- If you recognized in your self-assessment that a routine, predictable environment appeals most to you, then this well-organized “no stress” culture may be the best fit for you.
3. Practice makes perfect.
Practice helps to relieve fears and nervousness. A degree of tension is beneficial toward maintaining a level of alertness in the interview, enabling you to strike a balance between poise and calm, energy and enthusiasm.
4. Begin with the end in mind.
Understand that while interviewing is a two-way process (the company is evaluating you, as much as you are evaluating them), your objective is to sell yourself and leave them wanting more. Your goal should always be to get the job offer. Getting the offer does not mean you need to accept the offer, but having the mindset of winning the job will make you a more effective, more dynamic candidate. Also, it is important to remember the intimacy of the eDiscovery and Litigation Support community. There is a very good possibility that your interviewer knows someone in the industry who knows you, or who has worked with you. There is also a chance that you may run into these people again at an ILTA or Legal Tech conference, so you don’t want to leave them with anything other than an outstanding first impression.
Whether or not you feel the interview was a success, it is important to leave the interview as if you hit a homerun. Try to put the details of the interview out of your mind until you have left the building, and have had a chance to fully relax, decompress, and discuss the interview details with your LTS Recruiter.