Tips and Tricks for the On-Campus Interview

One of the cornerstones of Northwestern Law’s application process is an interview. As we’ve previously discussed in this blog, our office has expanded the options for interviewing to include both on-campus and Skype interviews for potential applicants to speak with members of the Admissions Office. However, many candidates are nervous about the prospect of interviewing for law school and often have questions for our office about what they can do to prepare.

As an admissions officer for the law school, I can tell you that there are some simple things that you can do as an applicant to prepare yourself for an on-campus interview and give us the best possible impression of you. This includes:

Show up on time, or even a little early.

Chicago traffic has a habit of being at its worst when you absolutely have somewhere to be. Leaving early can save you a lot of stress and worry when coming to an on-campus interview. In addition, arriving early gives you the opportunity to find the office and get prepared beforehand. We recommend showing up between 10-15 minutes early. Any earlier and you might be sitting there for a while, and any later might make you frazzled for the interview. If you are running late, give our office a call or send us an email. We can work with you and accommodate the situation accordingly.

Bring your resume.

The only document that we ask that you bring for an on-campus interview is your resume, and we ask that you bring it for a couple of different reasons. For one, it allows our interviewers to learn a little bit more about you and your experiences. Your resume helps us understand your background and can perhaps give an insight into your interest in law. Another reason why we ask that you remember your resume is so that we can discuss in greater detail your accomplishments and experiences. Speaking of…

Be prepared to talk about your accomplishments.

While a full resume may look impressive, being unprepared to discuss what you have listed within it is not. Be sure to review your resume before your on-campus interview, and be prepared to discuss any accomplishment or experience listed with a member of our Admissions Office. The whole point of the interview is that we want to speak to you about your experiences and not just read them on a printed page.

Come with questions.

As members of the Admissions Office, we love to talk about the program at Northwestern Law and are happy to answer any questions that you might have about the school. While you can find plenty of information on our website, if you have any other questions regarding the curricular opportunities, the culture of the school, the admissions process, student life, or anything else about the Law School the interview is the perfect time to ask. It’s a great way for you to learn more about our program, and it lets our office know that you are truly interested in the opportunities available at Northwestern Law.

Most importantly, relax!

The most important thing that you can do to prepare yourself for the interview is to relax and be yourself. The purpose of the on-campus interview isn’t to grill you or intimidate you in any way. We simply want to get to know you better, to gain more insight into your experiences, and perhaps discover some things about you that might not come across as clearly in your application.

With these tips in mind, you will be more than prepared to speak with someone in our office in an on-campus interview. We hope to see you in Chicago sometime soon!

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