“A leader is one who knows the way, follows the way and shows the way. “- John Maxwell
Top interview questions for a legal recruiter
What makes you the best for the job? To prepare. Know the 10 toughest interview questions every legal recruiter will ask.
It is always important to know what questions may be asked of you during an interview. Know what does you the best fit increases your chances of finding the right law firm.
Below are the top ten interview questions to keep in mind while competing for a partner spot.
- Are you a leader or a follower?
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader. —John Quincy Adams.
Be careful, don’t jump, jump the gun. Carefully consider how essential being a team player is to any successful outcome. Thoughtfully demonstrate how your leadership helped win the case.
- How have you changed over the past five years?
This is where “knowing yourself” is essential. Think of it in terms of “how did you get better?” Who can honestly say they won every case? Spin it around. Turn a negative into a positive. Talk about what you have learned and how the experience has made you a better litigator.
- Tell me about a time when you felt you had handled a situation badly. How has this changed your approach?This is a difficult question. It’s more about how the outcome changed you and how it made you a better person. Articulate the philosophical and fundamental guiding principles that you bring to the table.
- If you are offered the job, how long do you plan to stay with this company?
Why should I hire you? Tell me why do you want to work here? Why this company is perfect for me. Do your homework and prove to me that this business is where you want to be. That this is your new home and that you are for better or for worse.
- If you didn’t have to work, what would you do?
The way you spend your time says a lot about the type of person you are. Be honest, it all depends on how you approach your day. The way you spend your time tells us what kind of person you are. It tells us what motivates you and what is important to you. Take this opportunity to share what makes you special.
- What do you think of the principle of Legal Aid? Should customers pay for the services they use under all circumstances?
Does the company do pro bono work? Why not? Isn’t corporate social responsibility the new normal? Tell a story about how you changed someone’s life. How you made a difference and how the business benefited from your efforts.
- What are the three main attributes of a successful partner?
What are your strengths, what got you where you are today. It may be your ability to choose a jury well. Out-of-court settlement, or how you treat your clients and associates. This winning way that has served you so well. Talk about what you know and how it has helped you be successful.
- Would you be prepared to move into another area of law if the firm’s priorities changed?
This question is how you adapt to change. Tell me how you overcame all obstacles and made the crisis a success. Convince the recruiter that you have what it takes to do it. Whatever the cost.
- In your opinion, what are the main problems / opportunities facing the legal sector?
Be honest about the challenges facing the legal profession. Accept the harsh realities of your industry, then tell me how you turn those obstacles into opportunities.
- What kind of activities are you interested in outside of work?
In other words, tell me what type of person are you so the recruiter can assess whether you are a good fit with the corporate culture of the company.
- Shared meals: what does it say about you? Are you selfish or just social.
- Volunteering: why is this cause important to you?
- Fitness? Are you more relaxed at work? Does being healthy translate into a better lawyer?
Prepare for unexpected questions knowing full well that there will be a question you have never heard of before. Don’t just react, take a moment to calm yourself down before responding. Give yourself a few moments to give your best, ask a few questions to help you frame your answer.
Don’t compromise. Let’s find yourself a business where you can do your best job and share your passions and values. Schedule an appointment with a top recruiter to walk you through this process.