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MARCH 2016 - Interviewing 101
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WLALA Hosts Interviewing 101 Panel at Loyola Law School

by Nicholas Calabia

Extern to the Hon. Sandra R. Klein



On February 8, 2016, the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) hosted an informative panel at Loyola Law School about interviewing.  The panel, which was moderated by WLALA Board member Krysta Kauble Pachman, included WLALA Board members Hon. Sandra R. Klein and Shaun Dabby Jacobs and WLALA member Frances Lewis.

The panel’s “insider tips” ranged from networking effectively to utilizing the “valuable real estate” on a resume.  “Make sure you are actually interested in the topic that you list as a personal interest” on your resume, Judge Klein noted, explaining that an interviewee once listed her interest as cooking but she could not recall what food she liked to prepare.  When asked how an interview might proceed, Ms. Lewis explained that interviews for private practice “feel more like a conversation” whereas Ms. Jacobs noted that interviews for the City Attorney’s Office are standardized:  “every candidate receives the same questions [and] interviewers are told not to give feedback or show emotion.” 

The panelists also discussed the importance of: 1) proofreading cover letters and resumes to ensure they contain no typographical errors; 2) practicing answering difficult questions; 3) appropriate interview attire; and 4) knowing what questions an interviewee should never ask.  The panelists then shared some of the questions they often ask during an interview.  Judge Klein revealed that she asks interviewees about themselves and why they were interested in attending law school and Judge Hobbs shared that she asks what kind of law the interviewee would ultimately like to practice.  

The panel was a huge success.  Loyola Law School students gained a tremendous amount of valuable information to help them ace their interviews and WLALA received a number of applications from eager new members.