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2017-09-05

X is for that “X-Factor” in Your Next Interview




When preparing a client for an interview, I’m always looking for that X-factor… the thing that will set them apart from the crowd. This can show up in many ways.


I always start with a client’s strengths. Understanding, then exploring what naturally comes to them is a good place to prod for material.


I recently worked with someone (let’s call them Jessica) who had a curious writing sample attached to her application.  The sample was an essay that addressed a discrete area of law.  


This area had nothing to do with the services offered by the firm to which she applied. As a result, I glanced over the writing sample thinking it was going to be immaterial to the process. 


How wrong was I.


When Jessica told me how she came up with the idea to write the essay, my eyes lit up…I found her X-factor!  She explained that one of her professors commented in class that very little was written about the topic, and away she went. Her strengths of excellence, initiative and good judgment were all highlighted in that essay.  


Jessica became excited to be able to cite that writing sample as representing her signature strengths. Her ability to recognize an opportunity to make a unique contribution, and then act on it really stood out.  This was something that the interviewers could come to rely upon if they extended her an offer.


What’s your X-factor?


Lawyer Coach Paulette brings 10+ years of experience as a litigator to her coaching practice. She is a certified résumé and career strategist.  Her expertise in personal branding attracts lawyers of all levels. The launch of her online course at www.hireback.ca has been helping new-calls develop their own brand.


"This article was originally posted on AWAL!"




By Paulette Pommells
Tags: interviews, writing sample

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I chose Paulette's services out of two options for career coaching offered to me after I wasn't hired back, and I'm so glad I made the right choice! She has a unique approach to coaching and offers wonderful online materials, which were really helpful in preparing my applications and getting ready for interviews. Furthermore, since they were online, I could go back and review them at any time I wanted. These materials were supplemented by my one-on-one sessions with Paulette, where she helped me gain a better understanding of both myself and what I wanted out of my legal career in the short- and long-term. I ended up getting my first job as a lawyer one month after my call to the bar. Paulette really knows how to work with young lawyers and I would highly recommend her!end-quote

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