What Should you Consider Before Taking a Job

I often hear students say, “I will take what I can get.” While I understand the practicality of this position – taking a job you aren’t well suited for may backfire. Before interviewing, think about what is important to you. How do you work best?

  • Am I comfortable with a “sink or swim” mentality?
  • Do I work better when I know exactly what I am doing?
  • Am I comfortable figuring things out on my own?
  • Do I like to work alone?
  • Do I want to work directly with partners?
  • Am I more comfortable having an associate on the file as well?
  • Do I respond well when I am challenged?
  • How much responsibility do I like to have?
  • Is having a formal mentor important to me?
  • Am I looking for experience in a particular area?
  • Is there an area of practice I want to stay away from?
  • Do I want to go to court?
  • Is client contact important for me?
  • Do I do better when I have a roadmap and know exactly what my responsibilities are?
  • Am I comfortable seeking out the work I want (and knocking on doors to get it)?
  • Would I prefer to have a steady flow of work assigned to me on a regular basis?
  • How much feedback do I need?
  • How much direction do I need?




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