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LegalJob received a follow-up question on this topic in the Monday Mailbag series.

 

Q:  That last post on interviewing was very helpful.  Should I make a list of talking points and memorize them for my interview?

 

Talking points are good to have as preparation but it is probably best not to feel the need to cover all.  You want to come across comfortable (looking for the right opportunity to contribute versus a paycheck) and relaxed with your message so it is not the end of the world if you do not get through your list.

On your talking points list make sure to include a couple of thoughtful questions about the interviewer.  Study his or her background, including the projects they are working on currently or have worked on in the past.  You want to be in a position to ask the person a substantive question about their work.  This shows you have done your homework and allows the person to talk about their favorite subject.

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