Even if candidates ace the first interview, they should be prepared to go a few more rounds to prove they're a contender for the job. In a new survey, attorneys polled said that on average they interview candidates four times before extending an employment offer. They cited having little or no knowledge of the company or firm (37 percent) and uncertainty of career plans (24 percent) as the most common reasons job seekers lose out to their competition.
The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a leading staffing service specializing in attorneys, paralegals and other skilled legal professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 200 attorneys among the 1,000 largest law firms and corporations in the United States and Canada.
"While many law offices anticipate adding staff in the coming year, they want to make sure each candidate is a good fit before extending an offer," said Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal. "The best way for job candidates to impress hiring managers is to familiarize themselves with the firm and be prepared to discuss how they can directly support the organization's vision and goals."
Mr. Volkert offered additional suggestions for a successful interview: