Untruthfulness on a resume or job application

Hiring new employees is a critical function of any law firm. To have a successful legal practice, they need the best legal and administrative talent possible to serve their clients. The reality, however, is that reviewing resumes and job applications is not an easy task. When a law firm receives numerous applicants for a single…

How long do you let a candidate think about a job offer?

How long a candidate should get before to think about a job offer? This is a question that many law firms have after they have made an offer to a prospective employee. Let’s say a job offer is made to a lawyer and they want to take a week or a prolonged period to think…

Do not ask leading questions in job interviews

Hiring law firm employees is a vital task. The employees you hire (or candidates you pass on) can go a long way toward the success of your law firm. One way to hire the best possible candidate is to hone your interviewing techniques. How an individual conducts a job interview is a critical skill for…

How to deal with salary ranges with applicants?

During the hiring process, the question of salary is going to inevitably come into the discussion. Applicants are going to ask what the job pays. On the flip-end, most applicants are going to give you a range in terms of what they are looking for to accept a position if one is offered. Many law…

Do you match a better job offer an employee receives?

In almost any business setting, including a law firm, your employees might get a better offer elsewhere at some point. For some employees, they might not even seek out the job offer. In other words, if you have a law firm with great employees, many of these employees will be sought after. They will be…

Interview for open positions on the same day

The reality is that in any law firm, job openings are going to arise periodically. Whether an employee leaves to take a job elsewhere, or your law firm decides that a particular employee is not a good fit, job openings are going to happen. When you look at job data, employees do not tend to…

First day for a new law firm employee sets the tone

When a new employee starts at your law firm, it is important to set the tone on the first day. It is true that first impressions do matter a great a deal for a new employee in terms of whether the hire will be successful. As I talked about in a previous article, law firms…

Trimming the fat from your law firm budget

As the end of the year approaches, as a law firm owner or manager, you often reflect back on the year. You reflect on the good that has happened and the areas where you fell short of some goals as well. To plan for the next year, it’s important to look back at your law…

Us versus them mentality in a law firm

If you are a law firm manager or owner, you want your law firm to succeed. To succeed, you generally need everybody moving in the same direction. Whether the issue be the quality of the legal work being performed to the business aspects of the firm, you want your entire firm on the same page….

Recruiting versus posting job advertisements

When lawyers and law firms would look to make hires, they would traditionally post a job advertisement. They would then review the resumes submitted and hire the best candidate. In the legal industry, posting job advertisements is still important. It is still important to post job advertisements in various places from your local bars, SmartRecruiters,…

Shrinking law school classes effecting law firms

In case you have not been paying attention, law school classes have been shrinking for some time now. The decline in the size of law school classes is widespread — and is not something that is isolated to specific schools or regions. Law firms that are excelling are well aware of this trend and are…

Open source program for designing advertisements

If you are putting out law firm advertisements in magazines, newspaper or even online, putting these advertisements together can take a lot of time and skill. Some of the programs many use to put together these advertisements can be quite expensive. For many law firms, the cost, or reoccurring cost, of these programs can be…