As with any interview, there are a variety of things to consider to help you prepare. Here are a few points to consider if you are interviewing for a legal secretary or paralegal role:
Do your research and have a look at the firm's website and profiles of the people that you will be meeting with and/or whom you will be supporting. Most law firms have profiles (and pictures) of their legal teams on their websites.
Whilst presentation isn't everything, it is crucial to making a positive first impression. It's always best to wear a matching suit and keep it simple. Black is the safest option if you're unsure. Ensure you wear minimal jewellery, hair tied back, natural nails, closed toe heels. For women, if you are wearing a skirt, wear stockings or tights. Men should wear a suit and tie.
Expand on your experience
I can't count the number of times I have asked a legal secretary or paralegal to tell me about their responsibilities and they have answered, 'Oh, all the usual secretarial/paralegal duties.' Whilst most secretaries do have similar responsibilities, please detail your experience specifically. Detail how many files you worked on, which area of law you focused on and what systems you used, etc. You can't assume that your interviewer will know what you have done.
Highlight your strengths
ALL law firms typically want people who possess a high attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines and juggle multiple priorities, adaptability, advanced technical skills and the confidence to liaise with clients and other external parties. Use real life examples to illustrate your strengths.
As with any interview, it is very important to ask questions to demonstrate your interest. Tailor your questions to be about the firm and the role for which you are interviewing. It’s a great way to show you have done your research!