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How to Get Hired
We asked Perkins Coie, LLP for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
Candidates that have a diverse background with strong communication and problem solving skills; can demonstrate a high level of professionalism and innovation; and show a commitment to providing exceptional service are good fit for the firm. Interviewees that demonstrate that they have the ability to adapt to changing demands and priorities while meeting the needs of their internal or external clients will gain the attention of the hiring managers. Candidates that show that they take pride in what they do and can be an individual contributor while working in a collaborative, team-oriented environment are typically a great fit.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
A prospective employee can show that they have a genuine interest in the firm by conducting research prior to the interview. Their resume should clearly highlight their experience and their cover letter should demonstrate their writing skills and their interest in the firm and position. If a candidate is selected for a phone interview, they should show enthusiasm for the position and be able to articulate why their skills and experience would be the right fit for the firm and how they can contribute to the firm’s mission and principles. During an in-person interview, the candidate can set themselves apart from other candidates by sharing how their experience relates to the position and demonstrates their commitment to client service. They should articulate their interest in the firm and understanding of our culture, along with how they can make a positive and unique contribution to the firm and our clients.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
Because we are a collaborative, consensus driven environment, many positions involve a thorough process that could include multiple levels of interviews. In our highly matrixed organization, a candidate can expect the interview process to involve a combination of phone, video and in-person interviews that involve one-on-one meetings, as well as panel interviews. These interviews may involve firm personnel from various offices. This can also be a great benefit to the candidate to give them a better understanding of how the firm interacts and works together to come to a decision.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
Our Litigation Support and Intellectual Property departments continue to grow, particularly for timekeeping (billable hour) positions. Regardless of position however, we are focused on hiring highly innovative, motivated candidates that can bring a unique skillset to the firm.