COVID-19 has transformed the way lawyers are recruited and hired. Law firms continue to do business from a distance. Some companies are returning to the office while others have fully embraced the virtual world.
As a result, geographic barriers to recruiting top talent are collapsing. The good news is that law firms are tapping into a more diverse talent pool. Law firms can now attract talent from diverse ethnic, racial, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
RULES OF THE ROAD
- Understand what questions to expect so you can prepare detailed answers to leave a lasting impression and increase your chances of getting the job.
- Understand that your responses should be conversational, not “written”. The way you articulate and answer questions is key. You will be assessed on your reasoning and the clarity with which you articulate your answer.
- Never be sorry, defensive or nervous. Express your confidence and answer questions concisely with convincing answers.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS LAWYERS MUST ANSWER
Study these interview questions carefully.
Tell me about you.
It should be a story, no more than two minutes summarizing who you are and what is important in your life. Refer back to your humble beginnings, then end with recent cases that will get the interviewer excited about bringing you to the firm.
Why do you want to work here?
Explain why your specific experiences and skills are well suited for this position. Why this company and not the competitors.
- Clearly communicate who you are and why you fit well with the culture of the company.
- What do you bring to the table and how you will contribute to the success of the business.
- Talk about your expectations of yourself and how you will excel in this new role at the firm.
- Do your homework: Talk about big deals the company has worked on or high-profile deals the company has recently concluded. Align past experiences and values with these cases.
What are your strengths as a lawyer?
Connect your unique strengths and skills to specific examples that apply to the job. you are applying and the tasks you expect to be responsible for. Use the STAR technique to prepare for this question.
STAR means: situation, task, action and result. This method will help you prepare clear and concise answers.
- Situation or task: Briefly give the context by citing a challenge you faced with details of how you solved the problem.
- Action: Itemize each step taken to resolve the issue, highlighting your strengths and skills that are critical for the position within the company.
- Results: Summarize the knowledge gained from approaching the problem.
Keep the answers specific, focused, and succinct. Your answers should be as insightful as they are interesting to demonstrate why you are the best candidate for the job.
What’s your biggest weakness?
Never come back with ‘I have no weaknesses’. Talk about a real gap, then spin it around. Show how you overcame this weakness and how you overcame this obstacle.
Essentially, all of the answers to these questions evaluate your answers. You will be criticized on your thought process as to how you approached solving each problem. Be prepared to defend your approach and your solutions. Prepare how you will frame your responses to these challenges.
Work with a legal recruiter for a successful interview. The best recruiters do a comprehensive assessment of your strengths, weaknesses, and companies that best match your skills.