- Preparation for Interview
- Gather Materials for Interview
- Show Up for the Interview
- Callback Interviews and Offers
a) Research the employer, the type of practice and specific interviewer if the name is available. Know the employer well before you interview. Decide what information you wish to get from the interview. For more information on research techniques and resources, see the section on researching employers.
b) Network in advance with people (like Chicago-Kent alumni) who work at the employer. You can learn a lot about an employer through informational interviewing.
c) Practice Interviewing. Mock interviews can be set up through the Career Services Office. Your career advisor can help you set up a mock interview with a member of the CSO staff, an alum or local attorney who has interviewed candidates regularly. Students are strongly encouraged to arrange for mock interviews in both in-person and virtual settings.
d) Read the information on interviewing and thank you notes and review other interviewing resources available in the Career Services Office.
Consult your schedule for additional material you may need to bring to the interview, such as transcripts or writing samples. Always take an extra resume to an interview.
Request transcripts from the Registrar, if official transcripts were requested by the employer, at least one week prior to the interview. Employers will accept an unofficial transcript unless otherwise indicated. When creating an unofficial transcript, please follow the steps in the CSO Unofficial Transcript Guide.
You must attend all interviews. Missed interviews penalize other students who could have been scheduled in your slot. If you miss an interview, you must immediately see the CSO Assistant Dean or one of the Directors. No matter what the reason for missing your interview, you will need to write a letter of apology to the interviewer. The only valid reason for canceling an interview is acceptance of a different job offer. The only valid reason for missing an interview is an emergency situation.
After the initial interview, an employer will directly contact those applicants whom they wish to interview more extensively at the firm's office. On occasion, there are even third and fourth interviews.
You must notify the CSO of all additional interviews (i.e., "callbacks"), offers and acceptances. Please keep us informed of these by sending an email to your Career Advisor or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule callback interviews as early as possible; do not wait! Firms typically make offers on a rolling basis. If you wait, you run the risk of interviewing at a time when most or all of the firm's intended offers have been made.
You must respond by phone or in writing to all invitations for callback interviews within 48 hours of receiving them. If you decide not to interview further with recruiters who invited you to their offices, call them, thank them for the invitation, and explain why you are not accepting the invitation. Common courtesy is extremely important in this process.
A word of caution: only schedule one callback interview per day since these are frequently half-day sessions. When scheduling a callback, ask the recruiting coordinator or attorney how long you should expect to be at the firm. Also, do not schedule a callback for a time block immediately before or after an On-Campus Interview. Give yourself plenty of time to move between the law school and the employer's office.
If the on-campus interviewer gives you a date when you will be notified and you do not hear anything, it is acceptable to call to inquire about your status, but please be considerate. Most firms do not let our office know which applicants they will be calling for second interviews, so please do not ask us for this information.
Callback Interview Materials
Bring a writing sample (your very best, not highly-edited, legal writing product that is 5-10 pages in length), a list of your references, and extra resumes to your callback interviews. Some employers may also request that you send or bring a copy of your transcript.
Thank You Notes
After a callback interview, write a thank you note to each interviewer you spoke with. For advice on writing thank you notes, see the thank you note page online or look for our interviewing guide in the Symplicity document library. Thank you notes should be sent within 24 hours of your interview. Email is an acceptable format, and typically more timely and preferred, for thank you notes.
When offered a position, it is not necessary to accept on the spot. Make your decisions prudently. If you have an offer from a firm that you know you absolutely will not accept, decline that offer as soon as you have reached that decision. Some firms may have a classmate on hold while you make your decision. YOU MAY ACCEPT ONLY ONE OFFER. When you do make the final decision, be sure to notify all firms who have extended offers to you or are still considering you and withdraw from further consideration.
When you accept an offer, it is expected that you have done so in good faith. Further job hunting should cease. In addition, by accepting an employer's offer, you have made a commitment to this employer for the duration of the time period you agreed to during the interviewing process.