Joshua Stein is the sole principal of Joshua Stein PLLC, a prominent commercial real estate law practice in Manhattan. For more information on the author, visit www.joshuastein.com.
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Job Seekers: The most important question you need to be able to answer in an interview is the question “Tell me about yourself”. The way you answer this question is you start off at the beginning of your professional life (law school, most likely), and you talk through your resume, explaining your education, experience and any jumps between employers. End with why you’re sitting in that chair interviewing with that specific employer. While there may be very many interesting and compelling personal things about you, those should not be covered in the answer to that question – save them for the “hobbies and interests” section of your resume.
What differentiates you as a recruiter:
Detailed market knowledge, honesty and a no-pressure, candidate-first approach.
What’s your recruiting style?
Making a move to another employer can be an anxiety-filled event so I like to team up with the candidates I work with and become fully involved and invested in each step of the process; as if it were me making the change. I meet with candidates to ascertain their unique experience and follow up with ideas to assist them in achieving their long-term professional goals. My hope is that this process leads to the candidate making decisions that is best-suited for them. On the employer side, I attend meetings with the hiring managers and/or partners to fill a dual purpose: to stay abreast of the changing employment needs of the firm, company or organization and to get to know a particular employer’s distinct culture and environment.
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