I am no expert on job interviews. My last one cannot really be compared to an interview in the Real World. Before that, my last interviews were for jobs I got off of Craigslist. In that spirit, here is some advice you should take with more than a few grains of salt, based solely on mistakes I know I make:
-Don’t get defensive over a line of questioning. You’re talking to people who don’t know much about your work, so they have to ask you questions to find out more. They’re not being antagonistic, they’re not asking you to defend some past decision. They just don’t know. Be patient. (I am so bad about this.)
-Laugh. Interviewers, like sharks, can smell fear.
-Interviewers are not sharks. In fact, law librarians are not sharks. They’re pretty nice people. No one is out to get you, you can relax, and be yourself.
-Be yourself. You don’t want to wow a panel by being someone you’re not. Everyone is looking for a good match, but a good honest match. You’ll be miserable at your new position if you’ve made yourself out to be something you’re not. I’m not talking about lying–obviously, don’t do that. But if you’re not into teaching, don’t say you love teaching first year law students and can’t wait to get into that legal writing class.
My dad is an HR guy at a manufacturing company, and before that worked in a public school system, and at a hospital in the same role. His advice has always been to treat the interview like you’re helping the interviewers in a service setting. For us: this is your reference interview. And you know how to do that.
Break a leg, dear readers! And if any interviewers are readers, be kind.