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Someone e-mailed this question for mailbag Monday

Q:  What’s the number one thing you want to get across in an interview?

LegalJob thought this topic was worthy of a post because of its general applicability.  The most important point to communicate to a potential employer is the specifics of how you can make meaningful contributions immediately.  Sure, you will need some substantive training and some time to learn the preferences and quirks of your boss (and you want to convey this thought to show that you can work well with all personality types).  However, you should be hired because your relevant experience and background will enable you to hit the ground running.  Give several specifics about why this is the case, but be succinct.  Match your skills with what you think may be required of you based on the job posting (or whatever information was communicated to you about the position), and your rigorous research of the clients of the firm and the previous and current projects of the particular attorneys with whom you are interviewing.

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