Toward the end of your Legal Assistant or Paralegal interview the interviewer will oftentimes open the floor so you can ask any questions you may have.
You might be surprised what questions may spring out of someone’s mouth in a high pressure situation like an interview.
Don’t get caught in a situation where you are posing a question you will regret having asked.
For many of you, this list will seem obvious. However, it was compiled due to the fact that they are common questions asked during actual interviews, most likely by intelligent people who were simply unprepared.
Sometimes people will make up any question they can think of, just to have something to say. Don’t make this mistake. You should come equipped with a set of questions appropriate to ask.
First, check out this list of what not to ask, and then read our article on some questions to consider asking during your Legal Assistant interview.
1. What type of law firm is this? What kind of cases do you take on?
Don’t ask any question where the answer is available on the website, or easily found via Google. It makes you look uninterested in the firm if you don’t come equipped knowing any information that is readily available.
2. How much does this job pay? Do you offer health insurance?
It is probably best to leave questions about wages/salary and health benefits until you are actually offered the position. Otherwise, you can seem greedy. Employers don’t want to hire applicants whose main concern is money rather than the actual work involved to earn it.
3. How many vacation days do I get? Can I plan to take a vacation next month?
Asking when you can take time off for vacation will make you sound lazy. If you have previous commitments that will require time off, wait until you are offered the position to disclose it (unless you are directly asked).
4. Do you do drug testing?
Don’t ask whether or not you will be asked to take a drug test. One would think this would go without saying, but asking this question implies that you use drugs. Private firms are unlikely to drug test, however, government positions might.
5. Did I get the job? How did I do?
Don’t ask the interviewer if you got the job, or how the interview went. You don’t want to sound impatient. If you think it went well, you can always ask if there is another step in the hiring process. Chances are, if the employer is interested in you, they will explain the next steps without you asking.
Now that you know what not to ask, there is also a list of things not to say during your interview.
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