Looking for a Conveyancing role…no problem!
by Heat Recruitment
So, you’ve spent hours updating your CV, days speaking to your network and researching firms in the local area to find out which one will be a good fit for you, even longer traversing the impossible to use careers pages that law firms seem to love (or you’ve come to us to take care of these steps for you!) and you’ve managed to land yourself an interview with ‘the one’. Congratulations on making it this far, now comes the hard part. It is time to impress and ensure that all your hard work and effort pays off by landing your dream job. Here are some of our top tips to help you on your way:
Know your stats
Although we’re aware that different firms put a different emphasis on the importance of facts and figures, when speaking with a senior member of any business, it is important that you are able to talk confidently about numbers. A few examples of stats that you need to be clear on include the average value of your transactions, the highest transaction you’ve worked on, the average and highest number of completions you process on a weekly/monthly basis, your weekly/monthly/yearly billing figures, your highest billing month and how you have performed against any targets set. Not to say that every interviewer will ask you to disclose each of these facts in your first interview but it is important not to get caught short. Take 30 minutes to revise your stats prior to an interview, take the opportunity to bring them up before being prompted and your clarity will be sure to impress the person sitting opposite.
Think about the big picture
We all look at the phrase ‘commercial awareness’ with a yawn – another cliché for recruiters and hiring managers to bulk up their job descriptions. However, particularly in the UK’s current political atmosphere, it is very likely that you’ll be asked for your thoughts on the property market and how you can stay ahead of the game. In particular, we have repeatedly heard the following question come up over the last few months, “What impact do you think Brexit will have on the UK housing market?”. Once again, preparation holds the key when dealing with questions of this sort. Though nearly everyone will have their own opinion on Brexit and other topical political matters that could affect the housing market, not everyone will back this up with facts. Ensure that you research and remain up-to-date on important topics such as, for example, the impact of the SDLT changes earlier in the year or Brexit, so that you can offer an analytical response to questions involving these matters.
You’re an expert, not an encyclopaedia. You’re not expected to know everything. On occasion, an interviewer will inform us that they are going to throw in a question that they don’t expect you to be able to answer. Real-life examples range from highly technical conveyancing questions to the capital city of obscure nations! If you get asked a question that you genuinely do not know the answer to, don’t panic. Due to the nature of the role, the interviewer wants to test how you react in a high-pressure situation when you don’t have all the information necessary to make a decision. Our main tip for this scenario is to stay calm and plan what you would say in advance if you don’t know the answer to one of the questions. Talking around the subject to explain that you understand the question whilst assuring the interviewer that you would use your initiative to research the answer in a real-time situation should suffice.
I hope that you’ve found this blog useful and that you will use these tips to perform well on the big day. Please have a look around our website for further tips on how to handle interviews and to view other current vacancies in the industry.
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