Introduction: Law Telephone Interview
Law firms often use a telephone interview as the first stage of the interview process. Interviewing an applicant over the telephone is used to decide which applicants to invite to a face-to-face interview or the law firm’s assessment centre.
What Is the Process?
A telephone interview is commonly a short conversation, which gives the interviewer the opportunity to find out more about you, your knowledge and your motivation for applying to the company. The questions are usually about your application form, core competencies or your commercial awareness. The process tends to begin with a member of HR contacting you to arrange a suitable time and date for the conversation and you will probably be informed about how long the call is expected to last.
The great thing about a telephone interview is that it is much more convenient than having to go to the law firm’s office and if you are in the middle of exams, it will save you lots of time yet still allow you to move forward with your application.
Top Tips For Your Law Telephone Interview
- The logistics – the first-step is to find out who will be calling who on the day. It is better to agree in advance who will be calling so you avoid a situation where you both call at the same time or you are both waiting and then the interview starts late. It is usually the interviewer who calls but if it hasn’t been mentioned, it would be worth confirming.
- Noise-levels – make sure you have the telephone interview in a quiet place. If you live in accommodation with friends, you should inform them about when the interview is scheduled for and ask them to make sure that there is no noise. You should go into a quiet room and if you have agreed to have the interview on your mobile, you should make sure that the house phone is away from you. Whilst you are talking, you don’t want the house phone to ring and distract you!
- Be organised – it would be useful to have a copy of your application in front of you when you have the telephone interview in case you need to refer to it. In addition, it would be useful to have a pen and paper with you to write down anything that you may wish to revisit with the interviewer at the end of your interview. For example, if you have been asked something interesting and want the interviewer’s view on it at the end.
- Stay calm – sounding passionate about the job and the firm is great but it is important to ensure that you don’t talk too quickly because this may be perceived as nervousness. Avoid colloquial language and remember that you are talking to an interviewer and that this is not a social call.
- Research – a telephone interview should be approached in the same way as a face-to-face interview: you should research into the firm, know your application well and be prepared for obvious questions such as “why law” and “why us”. Make sure you do lots of research into the firm and keep up-to-date with developments in the legal industry.