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What You Should Ask at your Law Firm Interview

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In the eighth of their series of “Interview Strategies” articles on, legal search consultants Valerie Fontaine and Roberta Kass offer tips on how to prepare for the “So, do you have any questions for us” portion of the interview. As the authors note, the answer to that question had better be “Yes,” not only because that’s what your interviewers want to hear, but also because an interview really is as much an opportunity for you to learn about a potential employer as it is a means for the employer to evaluate you as a candidate. (Of course, that’s no news to members of the Gen-Y Slackoisie, for whom “having a job is an entitlement, rather than a privilege.”)

In addition to providing more general advice—don’t ask questions whose answers are readily available on the internet, do ask questions that suggest you’ve done your homework, don’t bring up money—Fontaine and Kass include a list of 30 sample questions, addressing such things as firm culture (“How would you describe the culture or personality of this firm?”), work assignments (“How are matters staffed? How many attorneys on a case/transaction?”) and business outlook (“Which of the firm’s practice areas are expanding? Contracting? What new practice areas is the firm moving into?”). While obviously not exhaustive, it’s a useful starting point for thinking about what really matters to you in your career and what you hope to achieve by this move.

— posted by Vera Djordjevich, Vault’s Law Blog


Written by Linda Petock

March 2, 2010 at 11:21 am

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  1. I am glad that this topic was discussed on this blog, totally agree with all the above, but there are some problems in the legal regulation in the light of recent changes in legislation. I would not wish to write here in great detail, much is written on the site … But thanks anyway!


    March 21, 2010 at 10:14 am

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