Try to keep it to 2 pages, 3 maximum.
Split into 4 sections and use subheadings; Personal Details, Employment History, Qualifications and Interests.
Always put in reverse chronological order, i.e. starting with the most recent first.
If there are any gaps in employment – add an explanation.
Keep statements factual giving good examples of experience gained.
Remember to include contact details including daytime contact number and personal email address.
Spell check and proof read – ideally get a trusted eye to proof read too.
Concentrate mainly on current/last job.
Include a photo.
List irrelevant personal information, e.g. names of children/pets.
Add very general statements without giving examples, e.g. I am an excellent teamplayer.
Invent hobbies/interests that can catch you out – be prepared to embellish on them at interview.
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Prepare thoroughly – find out as much as you can about the firm and Interviewers; obtain a copy of their brochure, annual report and marketing literature; read their website and linked websites, e.g.
Prepare answers to questions you may be asked (see below).
Conduct a mock interview with someone who will give honest feedback.
Dress smartly and appropriately – remember the Interviewer will form an opinion on you very quickly and only 7% will be based on what you say, the rest will be on how you look, act and sound.
Take enough copies of your CV for yourself and all Interviewers.
Check out the venue beforehand – know where it is and how long it will take to get there including parking.
A good firm handshake instills confidence and is very important – practice if necessary.
Be positive about yourself and your experiences – but do not waffle.
Maintain eye contact with all Interviewers.
Remember to switch off your mobile.
Avoid complaining about current/former employer or colleagues – you may be seen as a gossip or troublemaker.
Do not raise discussions regarding salary in the early stages.
What are your reasons for leaving your current firm?
What do you know about us?
What do you like and dislike about your current role?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
What is your major achievement?
What motivates you?
Where do you see yourself in 2/3/5 years time?
How would your boss/team describe you?
What are your current financial targets and are you achieving them?
What do you think are the major problems/opportunities facing the legal profession?
What are your interests outside of work?
Why should we offer you the position rather than one of the other candidates?
How has this role arisen?
Who will I report to? Where does he/she fit in the structure?
Who will report to me? How experienced are they? (if relevant)
How would you describe the culture of the firm? E.g. Open door policy?
Who do you consider are your main competitors?
Can you tell me about the firm’s plans to expand?
What are the long-term prospects for the successful candidate?
How do you appraise the performance of your staff?
What are the chargeable hours targets for fee earners per week/day?
When will you decide on the appointment?
What is the next step? 2nd interview?
Do you have any concerns about progressing my application/offering me the position? (allows the chance to address any concerns they have)
Click here to see an example letter of resignation. Please note this letter is purely for guidance and you should seek your own legal advice where necessary.