Effective Resume Writing and Interview Tips

Tips for Effective Resume Writing

For easy identification, your name and the word "resume" should appear in your email header. Include references and information that the hiring manager asks for.
Present your information in a logical sequence and to the point. Do include as much work experience as possible.
Address the hiring manager directly, and include the position which you apply for.
Market yourself by focusing on your strengths and special qualities that could be of meaningful use to the employer.
Do proofread for spelling, grammar, and tone, and ensure all information and data are accurate, correct, and complete.
Do provide the hiring manager with your email address and your mobile phone number, making it easy for him / her to contact you.

Before the interview

Research the company and industry background, covering its mission, management, organization, products and services, etc. Search for the latest market news and trends via the internet.
Make sure you know how to get to the location of the interview.
Have enough rest the day before the interview.
Dress appropriately for the interview.
Arrive 20 minutes before the interview.
Make sure you are well-groomed and relax yourself.
Have a quick review of the preparation that you have done.
Bring an extra copy of your resume together with a list of your references and any samples of your work. Put them in a neat folder.
Bring with you a writing pad of paper and a nice pen in case you need to jot down any notes.
Be prepared to introduce yourself and provide precise answers to questions put to you.
Be polite and respond appropriately to the reception staff. First impression could be a lasting impression.

Questions frequently asked by interviewers in the legal profession:

Tell me about yourself?
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Where do you see yourself in ten years time?
What is your major achievement?
What do you consider yourself good at doing?
What sort of person are you?
How would you approach this job?
How long were you at your last job?
Why did you leave your last job?
What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
How do you get things done?
How would you decide on your objectives?
How do you manage your day?
What motivates you?
How do you cope without motivation?
How have you changed in the last five years?
What contribution do you make to a team?
How do you react if you find that someone you work with does not like you?
Have you ever experienced such a problem during your working life?
Describe your ideal work environment?
If so, how did you cope and how did the matter resolve itself if it did occur?
What would your peers say about you?
Describe your worst work environment?
Tell me about a time when you successfully handled a situation?
Tell me about a time when you felt that you dealt with a situation inadequately, and how has that changed how you would approach the same situation?
What do you think you can bring to this position?
What do you think you can bring to this company?
How do you see this job developing?
What sort of salary are you expecting?
What was your last salary?
If you did not have to work what would you do?
What decisions do you find easy to make?
What decisions do you find difficult to make?
Do you like to work in a team or on your own?
What would you do if you don’t get this position?
If offered the position, how long do you plan to stay at this company?
On taking this job, what would be your major contribution?
How do you get the best out of people?
How do you respond under stress?
Can you provide a recent example of when you were under stress, and how you coped?
What support training would you require to be able to do this job? If not, why not? Explain.
What would you look forward to most in this job?
In your view, what are the major problems / opportunities facing the legal industry?
What will be your key target in this job if we appoint you?
What makes you think you can be successful with us?
How does the job sound to you?
Which subjects did you enjoy during your qualifying degree?
Why do you want to be a solicitor?
Have you always wanted to be a solicitor?
What is your alternative career, should law not be the avenue for you?
Would you be able to supply any references?
What sort of response would we get from your referees about your professional as well as social manner?
Why should we employ you, instead of someone else?
What do you think about partnership prospects in the future?
We are not willing to give partnership prospects, what are your views on that?
What are you expecting from this firm in the future?
Are you willing to do after-hour work?
Have you ever been involved either paid or unpaid with the services of the voluntary sector?
Are you a member of any clubs or charities?
What sort of activities are you interested in outside of work?
Are you a socialising person?
What sort of management skills do you have?
Do you think you require training in management skills?
Do you prefer to manage yourself or let someone else do the managing?
Are you a leader or a follower?
Are you computer literate?
What sort of employment background do you have?
Why did you come to us through an agency?
Have you applied anywhere else apart from us?
Have you had any other interviews apart from us?
Have you been offered a position yet?
How much notice would you need to give to your present employer if you were offered a position (only where applicable)?
Have you ever been abroad?
Do you speak any other languages apart from English?
What questions have you for us?

During the interview

First and foremost, greet the interviewers by saying “Good morning / afternoon…" and sit down when you are offered to do so. Alternatively you could ask "May I sit down", then sit upright.
Adopt a positive mental attitude.
Listen carefully and take time to think before answering.
Do not interrupt the speakers and let them finish.
Be polite and speak clearly and slowly.
Wear a smile and use gestures sparingly.
Maintain eye contact with the speakers.
Have a firm handshake and say “Thank You” before leaving.

After the interview

Do send a brief thank you letter via email within 24 hours.

Wishing you all the best in your career move