What's your name and job title? What did you study?
My name is Aidan Ryan. I am a Solicitor and I studied Law at University of Canterbury.
How did you get to your current job position and for how long have you occupied it?
I was lucky enough to be offered a summer clerkship starting in November 2019. I then did a 6-week clerkship in the Litigation team before Christmas and after Christmas another 6-week stint in the Building and Construction team. At the end of my clerkship, I was fortunate enough to be offered a full-time job with the Building and Construction team in Christchurch. Following this, I had to complete my professional course and get admitted to the bar before I could officially call myself a Solicitor.
How can students best prepare for interviews?
I would recommend looking online for some common interview questions and practicing some answers to these questions. However, as cliché as it sounds, I believe the best approach is to remain calm, relaxed and be honest.
How can students set themselves apart from their peers?
Make sure your CV is flawless with no spelling or grammar errors!
What are the do’s and don’ts in an interview?
Do not speak too informally and ensure you do not interrupt the interviewer.
What is your number one tip for students when interviewing?
Dress for the occasion!