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March 16, 2010

Interview Strategies: Handling a Callback

By Valerie Fontaine and Roberta Kass

A typical hiring process consists of an initial screening interview and one or more "callback" interviews. All of the strategies you used to succeed in your first interview apply to subsequent interviews -- but more so.


The initial interview eliminates candidates who clearly lack the requisite skill and fit; subsequent interviews dig deeper. You are introduced to additional members of the team, usually some of the hiring committee and managing partners, peers and subordinates in your department. Each interviewer will have a slightly different style and perspective.

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March 15, 2010

50 Worst of the Worst (and Most Common) Job Interview Mistakes

Good tips what not to do from Yahoo Finance.

By Karen Burns

You may have heard the horror stories--job hunters who take phone calls or text during an interview, or bring out a sandwich and start chomping, or brush their hair, or worse. You wouldn't do any of those things, would you? Of course not.

But there are tons of other job interview no-no's you may not have thought of. Or that you've forgotten. The job hunting trail is long and arduous, and a little refresher course can't hurt. So for your edification and enjoyment, here are 50 (yes, 50!) of the worst and most common job interview mistakes:

1. Arriving late.

2. Arriving too early.

3. Lighting up a cigarette, or smelling like a cigarette.

4. Bad-mouthing your last boss.

5. Lying about your skills/experience/knowledge.

For the rest of the mistakes, click here.


Policy Projects

The upcoming deadline for Robina Fellowships in public policy has lots of our 1Ls and 2Ls thinking about public policy. The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has great information about policy issues in Minnesota and shaping Minnesota public policy as well as national public policy.

March 11, 2010

Loan Forgiveness for Government and Non-Profit Work

Missed our program, check out the upcoming webinars or watch a replay Getting Your Student Loans Forgiven: How government and nonprofit employees can earn public service loan forgiveness.

Or, find the handouts here:eligible_loans.pdf basic_checklist.pdf qualifying_employment.pdf qualifying_payments.pdf

March 9, 2010

Interview Strategies: Mind Your Mannerisms

Valerie Fontaine and Roberta Kass
Special to Law.com
March 08, 2010

"The adage "It's not what you say, but how you say it" is true, even if you're not talking. In interviews you need to effectively communicate your professionalism both verbally and nonverbally. It's been said that your verbal content provides only 7 percent of the message the interviewer receives; body language communicates 55 percent and tone of voice accounts for 38 percent. Therefore, when someone says one thing, but their nonverbal communication says another, we usually believe the nonverbal message.

Watching your nonverbal messages while delivering brilliant and concise answers to interview questions can be difficult when you're nervous. But managing your body language can help you hide your jitters, and understanding your interviewers' nonverbal cues may allow you to make adjustments before you go too far off track."

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March 5, 2010

Bar Exam Resources

Applying to take a bar exam?

The best resource for information regarding the bar is exam is The American Bar Association Section On Legal Education and Admission to the Bar's Annual Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements.

Since there are specific requirements and waive-in/reciprocity rules for each state, we encourage you visit the state or states website for more information. Here is a directory of Bar Admission Offices. Know that these offices are very approachable and welcome your questions; please don't hesitate the contact them directly.


March 4, 2010

Student Debt Relief Webinar Series

There's a lot to know about student debt relief and the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. Attend a free, live webinar to learn more about public service loan forgiveness, income-based repayment and how to qualify.

Click here for more information.


March 3, 2010

Equal Justice America Legal Services Fellowships

Up to $4,000 For Summer 2010

Equal Justice America is pleased to offer fellowships of up to $4,000 to students at the law schools listed below who work full-time during Summer 2010 for organizations providing direct civil legal assistance for the poor. Click here to view Law Schools where EJA Fellowships are offered.

For more information, click here.