CVs and interviews

The most common interview Qs

We've compiled a list of the most common interview questions to ensure you're prepared for any interview.

Your current situation

  • Why do you want to leave your existing role?
  • What do you like about your current role? What do you dislike?
  • What's your ideal job?

On the job

  • What successes have you enjoyed in your current role? How were they achieved?
  • What sort of supervisory/mentoring/management experience do you have?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • How would your boss/team describe you?
  • What difficulties have you found in your job how have you overcome them?
  • Give examples of trials/deals you’ve been involved in
  • (In-house): How regularly do you use Counsel? How do you instruct them? Who do you regularly instruct?

How good are you at...

  • Time recording?
  • Dealing with targets?
  • Prioritising?
  • Delegating?
  • Marketing/Business Development?

Other

  • How much do you know about us?
  • Why are you looking to join us?
  • What sort of culture do you fit into best?
  • Where does your initial interest in law come from?
  • What do you want to achieve over the next 2/3/5 years?
  • What do you like to do outside work?
  • Where did you go for your last holiday?
  • What was the last book you read?
  • How IT-literate are you?

Private practice specific

  • What do you currently bill in fees/what's your billing track record? What's your charge out rate?
  • What contacts have you introduced to the firm? Do you have a following?

Any questions?

Interviews are a two-way street. Be ready with your own questions; those that matter the most to you.

Examples

  • How’s this opportunity arisen?
  • What’s the structure of the organisation/department?
  • What’s the culture of the organisation? Team spirited? Is there an open door policy?
  • How much training, support and development opportunity is there?
  • What are the future plans of the business/department?
  • Who do you regard as your main competitors?
  • What types of individuals are in the department currently?
  • How do you appraise the performance of your staff?
  • What are the long term prospects for the person who gets the job?
  • Ask the interviewer who they worked for beforehand and how long they’ve worked in their current role
  • What IT systems do you currently have in place?
  • How many files will I be expected to handle?
  • How much business development am I expected to be involved in?
  • Does the organisation encourage marketing and development of client relations?
  • Will I have responsibility for any junior members of the team?
  • How many chargeable hours are staff expected to bill per month?
  • What is the ratio of support staff to fee earner?
  • Is the office open plan or cellular?
  • Who would I directly report to?

Are you asking the right questions during an interview? Why's it important?

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