Interview questions for legal professionals are very specific. While in most other interviews, your personality and your experience represent the primary focus of interview questions, for legal professions the situation differs. Lawyers and even their assistants need to know their job well. This is why questions examine your knowledge from different areas of law, as well as other things.
Some applicants for legal profession referred us that they spent more than a month preparing for their interview. They tend to compare it with the preparation for state exams. Well…
For a good job of a lawyer or even a better one of a notary, you have to pay the price. That’s the way it is. I am sorry. On the other hand, once you secure your job, you’ll likely keep it as long as you want. The rewards are exceptional, in every country. Law is one of the best paid fields everywhere in the world.
Honestly, it will make no sense to show you a long list of questions touching various areas of law. The field is simply too broad, too long, too big, too demanding. We will rather try to give you some recommendations how to prepare effectively and present some common questions that are not related to the knowledge of specific legal theory or terminology. Hopefully it will help you to succeed. Let’s have a look at it.
Few things to remember when preparing for legal interviews
- Focus on the field of law that the company where you apply for a job specializes on. It makes no sense to spend month studying labor law, if a potential employer specializes on divorces. Focus on the right filed and you will save plenty of time.
- Try to work on your skills in finding information, rather than on knowing it. Let’s face it. The education system at the law schools is not the best one. They should not want us to remember thousands of empty sentences, especially in the world of information technology. A clever person can find anything on the internet, or in the books, within five minutes. And I do not speak about Wikipedia now, I speak about qualified and 100% accurate sources from government. You should learn to work with these sources and present your knowledge in the interview. The employer will not expect from a fresher to know everything. But he will be very happy to have in his team someone who can find everything.
- Work with the personality of the interviewer. Try to build a friendly relationship. The truth is that all the applicants give similar answers to legal interview questions. Also, the profiles of all the applicants are pretty similar. For this reason, the personal preferences play a crucial role in the decision taking process at the side of interviewers. Not the applicant with best knowledge or curriculum is chosen. The employer simply chooses an applicant with decent knowledge, the one he or she feels good talking to and being with. Keep that in mind and do your best to create friendly and open atmosphere at the interview.
Now we can add several legal interview questions, not related so much to the profession. Think about it and try to prepare a right answer in your mind. You will likely hear at least some of the following questions in your interview.
- Why do you want to work in our legal office?
- Why have you chosen this profession?
- What do you think makes a good lawyer (notary, adviser) nowadays?
- Why should we choose you and not another candidate for this job?
- What do you like the most and the least about this profession?
- Do you have any weaknesses you feel like you should work on, in order to be able to practice this job perfectly?