“Tell me about yourself”
- Answer this question in terms of qualifications required of the position. Start with your education and discuss your employment experiences.
- Gear the response towards the duties and responsibilities of the position you are interviewing for.
“What are your greatest strengths?”
- Discuss job tasks or skills that you know to be an asset.
- Don’t just answer with one word replies such as “drafting skills, communication skills etc. Back up your strength with a short and concise example.
- Don’t end a sentence regarding your strengths with “but”…… You always need to remain positive and confident.
- Your strengths should be a mix of your technical skills as well as your softer skills which reveal your personality.
“How does your experience and education qualify you for the position in our group?”
- Focus on the aspects of your experience that apply to this position. Include any experience, knowledge or training you have had which is relevant to the role.
- Emphasise your current and previous responsibilities and ability to do the job.
“Describe a challenging work issue you had to face and how you dealt with it.”
- Provide examples here of working to meet tough deadlines and how you managed yourself and other lawyers if appropriate, dealing with a difficult client, if you are a Manager, a situation in which you had a to deal with an underperforming employee.
- These questions often look at how you would react in a similar situation so avoid using language such as stressful, anxious, tension etc. Focus on team work, client service and meeting expectations of clients, colleagues and superiors.
“What are your weaknesses? What are some of the things you find difficult to do?”
- This is where you turn your negatives or weaknesses into potential strengths and positive attributes. For example, I am generally detail minded and this is very useful when conducting a due diligence but I have successfully learnt to…
“Describe two major achievements in your career.”
The word “career” should be your focus. Keep your answer relevant to your legal experience and perhaps indicate a time where you were a key contributor to a team or where you lead a project to successful completion.