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Before the interview: Prepare
Handling any high-pressure situation is largely a matter of preparation. Even the most relaxed, laid-back law student can be blindsided by a question or an issue she didn't anticipate. If you're surprised at the interview you can become flustered. The whole process can snowball -- with each difficult moment you end up increasing your anxiety. To help reduce your stress level, consider these questions before each interview:
There are other, practical details you need to consider. Make sure you have a couple of good interview suits in black, gray or navy. The more conservative the firm, the more conservative your attire should be -- don't get carried away with fanciful fashion! This is another area where you should do the research. As surprising as it may be in the 21st century, some conservative firms still frown upon a woman in a pantsuit. Do you know if you're interviewing with one of those firms? Women should make sure they have a few spare pairs of pantyhose, and everyone should have a solid pair of interview shoes that have been nicely polished. "Job aren't handed out according what you wear, but it does tell the interviewer something about you," says one litigator who participated in on-campus interviews.
Once you've got the right look and the right preparation, you're ready to go to the interview. Still, there is one more thing you can do. It helps to go through some kind of dry run or dress rehearsal, and many schools offer a mock interview program in which you can go through a practice interview and see what issues you still need to work on.
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