When employers conduct interviews they are often seeking to identify certain “X” factors — unstated performance behaviors that are not necessarily measurable or indicated on a résumé or transcript. While the presence of these performance behaviors may not be readily apparent on a résumé or law school transcript, they can be acquired while in law school, communicated to employers during the interview process (increasing the chance of being hired), and applied from the first day of employment if law students/associates have purposefully developed a vision for their careers and have taken the time to learn and understand their role. When these performance behaviors are not learned during law school, law students will likely struggle to differentiate themselves during the interview process, and the career path for associates will be more difficult to navigate.
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