Legal Assistant Interviews – Questions and Answers

the InterviewPeople who are interested in providing support for lawyers can benefit from reviewing sample interview questions for legal assistant positions. This is a great way for prospective legal assistants to get prepared to conduct a successful job search.

The kinds of interview questions someone applying for a legal assistant position can be expected to encounter include inquiries about the candidate’s education, previous employment and personal attributes.

The interviewer will also want to know about other areas that will definitely come up when working in a busy law firm such as: can you work under pressure?, are you good at meeting deadlines?, how is your attention to detail?, how are you with problem solving? and other such questions.

Todays interview is very challenging and people are rarely prepared. You need to give some consideration to work situations that you may have been in and how you handled yourself – prior to being sat in the actual interview! The interviewer will get to try to know you by asking you situational questions. This, basically, tells about a time. You will be required to give an example of a situation – make sure that your answer promotes and sells you. Here are some examples:

  • Please tell us about a time that you met a pressing deadline
  • Please tell us when you overcame a difficult situation
  • Tell us about a time when you dealt with a difficult client.

These types of questions give the interviewer a good idea about you because you are telling them about the past which gives them a good idea how you will be as a future employee with them. Almost all medium to large law firms across Canada now follow this format. Your answers do not have to be long but they do need to be positive about you and your skills.

Finally, be clear about 4 or 5 of your strengths and be able to give examples illustrating how you use them. Strengths such as:

I am highly organised, I work well under pressure, I use initiative, I am a good problem solver, I know how  to prioritise etc

The market has changed and a little bit of preparation will go a long way to getting the Legal Assistant job you want.

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