At the end of a Legal Assistant or Paralegal job interview, there will usually be an opportunity for you to ask questions of your own.
It is a great opportunity to learn more about the law firm, and a chance to display your intelligence and critical thinking abilities.
You will want to come prepared with several questions, in case some are already answered during the interview before you can ask.
There is no set number of questions you should ask, and time may be short so that you are only able to ask one or two. It is best to go to the interview prepared with at least five well thought out inquiries. Here are five questions you might choose to ask, or use as a basis for coming up with your own.
1. What are the three most important tasks your Legal Assistant does daily?
Since there are likely to be very many duties you will perform on a daily and weekly basis, knowing what the employer sees as the top priorities of your job shows you what takes precedent in the office. It also gives you valuable information as to what you must focus on and be sure to accomplish when you start work.
2. If selected for this position, what challenges will I face as a Paralegal in the office?
This question allows you to learn more about the office environment. Answers could be things like keeping your cool with angry clients, working quickly under tight deadlines, or remaining focused while multi-tasking.
3. What is the five year plan for this law firm, and how would my position fit in?
You’ll get insight into the office’s direction, such as whether there is a plan to take on additional types of cases or provide more pro bono assistance. Maybe there is a goal to take on new partners or hire new associate attorneys which could result in increased responsibility and duties for you as a Legal Assistant.
4. How would you describe the ideal Legal Assistant?
While the job posting and interview questions you’ve been asked will give you a good idea, asking this question can provide you with an opportunity to discuss your strengths and abilities in areas that might not yet have been brought up.
5. Do you have any reservations about my qualifications?
The interviewer may disclose that they are concerned about your lack of formal legal education or lack of prior law office experience. By asking this question, you at least have an opportunity to respond, and may even be able to change their mind about any hesitations.
Be sure to check out our other articles in this series on Legal Assistant interviews, like 5 questions NOT to ask during your interview.