Interview Tips


Interview Tips

At Thornton Legal we will support you through the entire recruitment journey. Preparation is the key for you to interview to your full potential.

Find out all you can about the firm including:

  • Specifics of the job
  • Who you will be meeting with and, if possible, find out what they’re like
  • Company background
  • Look at the company’s website and jot down questions you have that may arise from it
  • Do some internet research to find out any recent news on the firm
  • On interview day arrive early having researched the location, parking etc in advance

First impressions last:

  • Dress as if you already work there – i.e. smart business dress
  • Greet with a firm handshake and a smile – be confident
  • Maintain eye contact throughout the interview, sit straight and speak confidently
  • Once the interviewer knows you can do the job, 80% of the decision to hire is based on chemistry

Interviewing is selling:

  • In order to sell, you have to know what the customer wants to buy. Highlight your skills and strengths according to what the firm is looking for
  • Listen to what the interviewer is asking and answer clearly and concisely. If you are unsure of what is being asked, ask for clarification
  • Get ready for ‘tell us a little about yourself.’ Give a short one to two-minute summary of your background, highlighting areas that pertain to the job description
  • Be prepared for open-ended questions. The interviewer not only wants to hear your answer but how you answer. Don’t waffle or tell them your life story. Concentrate on a brief summary, recent experiences and major relevant experiences

Some questions you may be asked:

  • “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
  • “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
  • “What are your most significant accomplishments?”
  • “Why do you want to join us?”
  • “How would you go about generating business for the firm?”

Ask intelligent questions:

This provides a great opportunity to show off your interest/enthusiasm in the job and the firm. Avoid asking question that have already been covered during the interview or questions around salary and holidays which may have already been provided.

  • “What are the qualities that you are looking for in the person for this job?”
  • “Who would I be working with outside the department?”
  • “What scope is there for career progression?”
  • “What about marketing activities? Blogs, social media, networking?”
  • “What are the next steps?”

What the interviewer is looking for:

  • Your appearance – be business-like
  • Whether your interest in your specialism is genuine
  • The sort of temperament/personality you reveal
  • How you will get on with the rest of their staff
  • Whether your responses correspond or conflict with the information on your CV or application form
  • How you seem able to cope with pressure and deadlines
  • Whether you are organised and able to manage your time

End of the interview: 

It’s very important that you show your interest and enthusiasm for the role. To illustrate this you could say: “This is exactly the type of opportunity I’ve been looking for and I hope I’m under consideration. What will the next step be?”

Finally, thank the interviewer for seeing you, shake hands and smile. Remember to say goodbye.