My Top Ten OCI Tips

1)    Be yourself. Your grades, cover letter, and resume got you the OCI. Now it’s time to be yourself and show the interviewers who you really are.

2)    Smile. Take a deep breath, relax, and smile. Despite how nervous you might be, don’t forget to smile!

3)    Maintain eye contact. Maintaining eye contact with your interviewers shows that you are listening and engaged. It also displays self-confidence (refer to tip #4).

4)    Be confident. Confidence is contagious. If you are confident in yourself, your interviewers will be confident in you!

5)   Give a firm handshake. Shake your interviewers hand firmly while maintaining eye contact. Refer to point 3 and 4 for why.

6)    Dress the part. I wish I could tell you that what you wear does not matter. But I can’t. You do not have to go out and buy a $1000 Gucci suit but you should also avoid old white sneakers and baggy hand-me-down suits with tweed elbow patches.

7)    Ask for a business card. You should follow-up with an email to every lawyer you meet during OCI’s. Taking their business card is a good way to stay organized.

8)    Wear a watch. You will be pressed for time (especially during in-firms) and you do not want to have to pull out your phone to check the time.

9)    Do your research. You will find out which lawyers are interviewing you beforehand and you should research them to learn about their practice areas. Prepare some questions for the lawyers that show that you did your homework.

10)   Ask thoughtful questions. Every interview will end with the opportunity to ask the interviewers questions. Have a list prepared for every OCI so that you are not caught off guard.

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