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Preparing for a law firm call-back or lateral interview can be nerve-racking, especially if you’re the type who tries to guess the questions a firm will ask. Of course, it is impossible to know the exact roadmap for your interview, but you certainly can prepare for some typical legal interview questions, such as
But as any good attorney will tell you, you should ways prepare for the unexpected. Some firms have branched out and use behavioral questions while other firms engage candidates in legal analysis. Practicing responses to a wide variety of questions as you prepare for your interview is ideal.
While we can’t provide a call-back crystal ball, we can offer some insight into the array of questions firms may ask. We took a look at Vault’s Annual Associate Survey to find some of the more interesting interview questions law firms have been asking. Below are 14 of the most unique law firm interview questions shared by associates at Vault Law 100 firms in this year’s survey:
While there is no guarantee you will face any particular interview question, trying your hand at a wide variety of practice questions can better prepare you for interview day. The more you practice, the more at ease you will be thinking on your feet during the real interview.
But, those interviewing for an associate spot shouldn’t focus solely on questions. Sometimes, it’s more important to prepare for the broader conversation than an interrogation.
As one responder to the annual survey shared: “In an ideal world, a screener or callback interview will have few actual questions. The interviewers are looking to have a conversation—honestly, about any area where the interviewer and interviewee click. This could be law-related, about current events, or about things like “Harry Potter.” The key is to be friendly and interesting—as is the key in life, really. If you find an interviewer simply asking you a list of questions, you're either not building a relationship with that interviewer that is going to be particularly helpful, or you got a lemon of an interviewer.”
To read more about your target firm's hiring criteria and interview questions, check out its Vault profile.
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