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You got the interview, what next?

You got the interview, what next?

Sample Questions

Questions interviewers may ask you:

  • Why are you interviewing with us?
  • What have you read about us?
  • Why did you go to Law School?
  • What are your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Where else are you interviewing?
  • How do you work under pressure?
  • What changes would you make in your law school curriculum?
  • What accomplishments in your life have given you most satisfaction?
  • Do you have a geographical preference?
  • What do you see yourself doing in five years?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • Tell us what you did last summer.
  • Why didn’t you get an offer from your employer last summer?
  • What are your outside interests?
  • What courses did you like best?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • How do you feel about research? Writing? Client contact?
  • Are your grades a good indication of your academic achievement?
  • Favorite books/movies/ hobbies?
  • Do you have any questions?

Questions you may ask the interviewer:

When you are asked if you have any questions you have the perfect opportunity to get the information you need to evaluate whether you want to work for a particular employer.

Remember to do enough research before the interview to guarantee that you won’t ask a question whose answer can easily be found on the employer’s website or in other research resources.

  • What kind of training program do you have?
  • How is performance evaluated?
  • Is there a formal mentoring program or do mentoring relationships occur informally?
  • What might my first week or two of employment be like here?
  • What are typical assignments for summer or new attorneys?
  • Tell me about your practice. What do you do on a typical day? What did you do yesterday?
  • What is the most interesting matter you are working on now?
  • What is it that attracted you to this employer and/or what keeps you here?
  • Where do you see the agency/firm/department in 5 years?
  • In your mind, what makes this employer stand out from its competitors?
  • Can you recommend anything I could do/read before the start of the summer to help prepare for the work that awaits me here?
  • What do you know now that you wish you’d know when you were interviewing during law school?

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