Fall 2012 Hiring Season

The Fall 2012 Hiring Season is close at hand.  Prepare by brushing up on Interview skills and practicing responses.  Research the firm/organization and be ready to ask questions when given the opportunity.  Anticipate tough questions and have answers for them.  If interested in setting up a mock interview, contact Dean Urbach or Debra Reh.

Examples of commonly asked interview questions (on the Professional Development website)

• Why haven't you gained any legal experience if you are interested in practicing law?
• What qualities do you possess which lead you to believe you will make a good lawyer?
• What Supreme Court decision during the last year seems to you the most significant?
• What do you consider to be your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?

Large and Medium-Sized Firms
• What in particular about our firm interests you?
• Are there any other reasons that led you to choose us?
• Which of your experiences might help you to fit with our firm?
• Do you think you have the qualities that would enable you to become a partner?

Small Offices
• Do you have any ties to this community?
• Do you consider yourself an easy person to get along with? Explain.
• How much responsibility will you be prepared to assume right from the start? Explain.

Government Employers
• Why are you interested in this government agency?
• What experience have you had which you think might equip you for this job?
• Do you have a career plan?
• What training have you had in administrative law?

Legal Services and Public Interest Groups
• How committed are you to working with this population?
• What do you see as the rewards of working in this area of the law?
• What are your plans for your legal career?