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Lawyer Interview Questions

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As lawyers we will most of us have to face an interview situation several times in our careers as it is rare in today's working environment for anyone to get a job without one and then stay at one firm for their entire career.

Most lawyers get their first taste of interviews when they apply for a training contract or pupillage after they have finished the academic part of qualifying as a lawyer.

Therefore in order to progress in their legal careers lawyers must polish their interview techniques and here are some of our top tips:

1. Don't try too hard - as hard as it can be to relax in an interview and want to impress as much as you can do not try too hard to convince the interviewer that they must give you the job. Of course, you can use compelling reasons why you are suitable for the position backed up by examples of previous work and other experience but do not over cook it.
2. Try to breathe deeply and ensure that you don't talk too quickly. This can often come across as you being very nervous but also it can mean that some of the great things you are talking about may be difficult for the interviewer to understand and to fully absorb.
3. Be polite, do not get offended by any questions or become confrontational if challenged on anything and try to give a professional image of yourself at all times. Some interviewers like to try to make things difficult for you or see how you cope under pressure so expect that when you walk into the interview and it will come as less of a surprise when it comes.
4. The overriding advice we would give you is to make sure you fully prepare beforehand both in terms of researching the firm you are going to be interviewed by and also reviewing your own CV and experience and running through some example answers to likely questions that might come up.

Other than that you just need to be yourself and not try to be something you aren't as this can usually be sensed fairly easily by an interviewer.

Tips for lawyers interview questions

If when you need a lawyer you open the phone book and just pick a lawyer to represent you then you are setting yourself up to fail. Having to deal with lawyers and the court system is very stressful. It is so stressful that we just want to get the process over with. We don't think of the future impact of out current actions.

I am not saying don't use the phone book. You should use whatever resources are available to find the best lawyer to represent you. I am saying, don't choose one just be he or she was recommended by a friend, or because you saw an advertisement..

The first step in choosing a good lawyer is knowing the specialty of law you need representation for. Once you know if it criminal, DUI, probate, real estate, or a myriad of other specialties, then you can develop a list or lawyers to interview. Once you have made a list of potential lawyers, you will want to make appointments to interview them. The are any number of questions to ask any potential attorney, here are a few questions that will help you determine whether or not they are the right attorney to represent you in your case.

1. How long have they been practicing?
2. Are they a member of the local bar association?
3. How long have they lived locally?
4. Have they ever had a disciplinary proceeding brought against them? If so, what for?
5. How long have they been practicing the specialty of law that you need?
6. What is their win loss ratio?
7. Can you speak to any of the clients they have worked with previously?
8. Are they going through a life crisis like a divorce or bankruptcy?
9. Is my case winnable? And, how would you define a win for this case?
10. How long would you estimate the case will take to complete?
11. Do you put your fee structure in writing?
12. Do you hate olsing?
13. What is your relationship like with local law enforcement, attorneys and judges?
14. Will you be handling my case or will another attorney or law clerk?
15. How often will you communicate with me about the case?

These are just some of the questions you should ask before you hire an attorney. Have a list ready. Remember you are interviewing him not the other way around. Many lawyers would like you to believe that they choose the cases. Many try to make you think they are doing you a favor by representing you. If the lawyer you are interviewing acts that way, politely move on to the next interview. There are many lawyers in the world today. There is no need to stick with one that is arrogant. I hope you have found this useful.

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