Attorney Job Interview: Three Tips For Exuding Confidence Not Arrogance

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A job candidate’s level of confidence is just as important as the content of their resume. That’s why exuding confidence but not arrogance can be critical to acing a job interview. Let’s take a look at a few tips on how to strike the right balance.

  1. Don’t generalize your success. Saying things like “I was the best attorney at my last law firm,” can come across as arrogant even if it really is the truth. Instead of making broad generalizations about your value, make specific statements such as, “I had a 100% success rate with all of the most difficult cases we handled at my last law firm.” This specificity helps show the interviewer your value without it seeming like you’re exaggerating your professional success.
  2. Don’t downplay your flaws too much. One of the biggest mistakes job candidates make when discussing their flaws is pretending like they don’t have any. For example, saying “My biggest problem is that I’m just too productive,” is not an authentic way to discuss your flaws. On the other hand, saying “I sometimes find myself working too many hours which can sometimes harm my productivity down the road,” is an honest way of approaching the discussion of your flaws.  People who are confident understand that they are not perfect.
  3. Always acknowledge your helpers. No one succeeds on their own as an attorney. Whether you’re working on a case or making your way up the ranks towards partner, there are always others helping you along the way. Be sure to acknowledge those helpers when discussing your successes during an interview. For example, you might say, “I and two other attorneys worked hard to win the most challenging case our firm had faced in five years.”  Remember, everyone wants to work with someone who will acknowledge the contributions of others.

Winning over the hearts and minds of interviewers requires solid confidence not arrogance.

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