Top tips for law fairs
So you have chosen law as your career path. Your first chance to impress your potential employer is at a law fair. We have been to a lot of law fairs and meet a lot of candidates so to help you we have put together some top tips to ensure your success!
Research is key
Don't just research the firm, research those attending the fair too! A lot of firms will publicise the names of those attending and will have directories on their websites. Knowing who you're speaking to before they tell you will look great and there really is no point in asking someone from the recruitment team which seat they're currently in...
Come armed with lots of questions. If you're really serious about a firm you'll want to know the detail. Make sure you write your questions down so you don't forget when at the fair. If you ask a really interesting or challenging question you're going to be remembered by the firm so get your thinking caps on!
Treat it like an interview
Remember that you're selling yourself as much as the firm is trying to sell itself to you. It really is a two-way street. Firms are likely to make a mental note of people who impress them so make sure you're standing out for all the right reasons.
Don't forget to smile
This leads me on to my next tip. Make a good first impression. It takes just 7 seconds for someone to form an opinion on you so make sure it's a positive one. We've had people come up to our stand and the first thing they say is "so, what are you going to do for me?" This does not come across well. Oh and always smile!
Dress to impress
Look the part and dress as though you are attending a job interview. Looking professional will again ensure a good first impression and also show the firm that you're serious and committed to making your dream career a reality.
Remember it's not all about the freebies
It's not all about the merchandise. Although free stuff including sweets, pens and post-it notes are great and almost impossible to resist, make sure you're asking for information leaflets and business cards too. These will prove invaluable when it comes to applying for a training contract with that firm and it's a great place to make notes to refer back to. The answers to your pre-prepared questions are unlikely to be available on their website when you come to need them.