An interview is a two-way dialogue: the interviewer is learning about you, and you are gathering information to help you make an informed career decision. Research the employer and think of how to present your qualifications in the best light possible. Make sure you fully understand the potential employer's focus areas and prepare to explain why you want to work specifically for that firm or organization.
Schedule a mock interview with a Center for Professional Development (CPD) counselor or participate in an alumni mock interview program. We can help you practice, anticipate questions, and feel confident and prepared!
Be sure to arrive at your interview with at least four to six intelligent questions for your interviewer(s).
Draft a thank you email within 24 hours of your interview. Send it to each person with whom you interviewed and personalize each one. See Sample thank you emails (PDF).
The key to getting any job is establishing a rapport and intelligently explaining your credentials in an interview. Fortunately, this is a learned skill. Take advantage of CPD’s Mock Interview Program, where we pair you with Seattle University School of Law alumni attorneys in order to practice your interviewing skills, gain valuable feedback, and make connections with established local practitioners.
The Alumni Mock Interview Program typically takes place in August and March, prior to On-Campus Interviews. The Washington State Bar Association Diversity Committee also sponsors a 1L Diversity Mock Interview event in February, where students are paired with local attorneys and judges to participate in mock interviews on campus.