GUEST BLOG Courtney Boykin,
2L at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Pragmatically, what “being prepared” looks like might differ based on the type of position you’re applying for and the positions criteria.
So, last week I had an OCI.
While I was waiting to go into the interview. room, I sat with a fellow interviewee who was very anxious about the interview. She was visibly nervous and, on the inside, I was shaking, as well. While I don’t know exactly what sparked her nerves (outside of the obvious), the fact that I felt adequately prepared for the interview eased my nerves tremendously. As such, here are my tips for preparing for and having a successful OCI.
1. Bring the right materials. Pragmatically, what “being prepared” looks like might differ based on the type of position you’re applying for and the position’s criteria. At any rate, it’s always helpful to check instructions for the application process to ensure that you arrive at the interview with the right materials. Do you need additional copies of your resume? Do you need to bring recommendation letters? Just make sure you’re prepared.
2. Ask good questions.
I’ve never been in an interview where they didn’t ask me if I had any questions for them. Honestly, it’s so easy to say no, but bringing questions that are sincere and show your interest in the position can elevate your interviewer’s interest in you. Moreover, I think it’s beneficial to steer clear of the “generic” questions. Try to really formulate striking questions.
3. Don’t highlight negative experiences.
Whether it’s a terrible boss or a horrific professor, avoid highlighting the negative experiences you’ve had. There’s nothing worse than hearing someone deliver a soliloquy about their disdain for someone else. Even if you’re prompted by the interviewer to delve into negativity, be frank, but remain respectfully positive.