The people with the real insight on how to handle a Cassels OCI are the people who did it best: our students. Here are some tips gleaned from their insights:
- Familiarize yourself with your own resume so that you are prepared to speak about your experiences in detail. Make notes about some of the tasks you performed, challenges you faced and lessons you learned. Anecdotes and examples that illustrate your points are always helpful!
- Remember to eat. You will need to be “on” for several hours, so staying properly fueled – and hydrated – is essential.
- Project confidence, exude positivity and try to enjoy the experience as much as possible. You will make a great impression on every firm if you seem like you are genuinely happy to be there. Although the interview process can be nerve-wracking, focus on the fact that you’re meeting with bright, personable and interesting people who are excited to get to know you better.
- The allotted interview time will fly by, so do your best to quickly turn the interview into a friendly yet professional conversation. Do this by asking genuine questions that show you are actively listening, including questions about your interviewer’s experiences at the firm.
- Write down key conversation points on the back of the business card you received from your interviewer right after the interview. That way, you can refer to a specific conversation point when you draft your thank-you email that night.
- Make use of your breaks between interviews to re-energize and focus on (and prepare for) your next interview.