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Watson, Farley & Williams LLP

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1.
At Watson, Farley & Williams LLP, employee satisfaction is very important. To ensure that you would be happy here, what brings you satisfaction in your day to day work?
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With the varying landscape of the legal field and the variety of firms that are out there, your interviewer at Watson, Farley & Williams LLP will be looking to make sure that you are a good fit the position by having you talk about what brings you joy in your work. By doing your research on Watson, Farley & Williams LLP and the job you are interviewing for ahead of your interview, you should be able to be open and honest about what makes you happy in your work while ensuring that your satisfaction factors match what Watson, Farley & Williams LLP can offer with this job.

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1.
At Watson, Farley & Williams LLP, employee satisfaction is very important. To ensure that you would be happy here, what brings you satisfaction in your day to day work?
With the varying landscape of the legal field and the variety of firms that are out there, your interviewer at Watson, Farley & Williams LLP will be looking to make sure that you are a good fit the position by having you talk about what brings you joy in your work. By doing your research on Watson, Farley & Williams LLP and the job you are interviewing for ahead of your interview, you should be able to be open and honest about what makes you happy in your work while ensuring that your satisfaction factors match what Watson, Farley & Williams LLP can offer with this job.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I've read the studies and surveys about job satisfaction being the lowest among attorneys in the United States when compared to all other jobs and I'm a firm believer that many people in this field have chased the dream for wrong reasons like money and prestige. I pursued a career in law to help fight and advocate for clients where no one else can and that is what drives me to succeed and brings me here to this interview with Watson, Farley & Williams LLP. Employment law has developed into a passion and I greatly looking forward to focusing on that aspect here in the future."
Ryan's Answer #2
"In my five years working as a Paralegal, the litigation side of the business has definitely been the most intriguing and fun for me and that is the reason I applied for this position. I am very good at the investigative part of the pre-claim process and I have a lot of experience and success in interviewing witnesses and taking statements. This work is both gratifying and exciting for me and you'll find that I excel in these areas if you select me for this position."
2.
Talk about a time that you had to think on your feet on the job. What was the situation and what was your thought process for acting quickly?
Working in the legal field and potentially in the future with Watson, Farley & Williams LLP will require a natural ability to think and act quickly when face with adversity. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear about that you had to do just so. In your answer, paint a clear picture of the situation that you were faced with and describe what it took for you to think and act quickly. In the end, make sure that great results were achieved due to your ability to think on your feet and react in a positive manner.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Last year, I was defending what I thought was a routine DUI case that we had prepared to help my client proceed to trial on. During the arrest, local law enforcement had failed to both read her Miranda Rights to her and also promptly test blood alcohol content. I felt we had a pretty slam dunk case to get the charges dropped. When in questioning though, my client began admitting her guilt and also confessing to being under the influence of other narcotics as well at the time. In a last ditch effort to protect my client, I immediately asked the judge for a delay in proceedings. It was allowed, but only after questioning had finished. At that point, my client read the writing on the wall that she was obviously saying too much and she quieted down from there during questioning. Coming back from break, I proceeded to break down the facts that the county had failed to show proof of intoxication at the time of arrest and the charges were later dropped."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Early in my career as a Paralegal, I had a very upset client come into our office demanding that he speak to his attorney immediately. Being the only person manning the front of the office that day and knowing that his attorney was out of office that day, I calmly asked the client to explain the need for meeting with his attorney and assured him that I would get any messages to the attorney. While the client continued with his questions and concerns in a very heated tone, I reflectively listened and empathized with what they were going through to the point where he eventually calmed down and asked great questions for advice. In the end, I was able to connect the two later that day and likely could've helped diffuse a potentially bad situation with my ability to stay calm and empathetic with the individual."
3.
If hired here at Watson, Farley & Williams LLP, how would you best build trusting relationships with our clients?
The law firm/client relationship is built upon trust and your interviewer at Watson, Farley & Williams LLP knows how important building trusting relationships is to the success of both the firm and the client. For you, it is important to understand and demonstrate that a trusting relationship helps open lines of communication and increases cooperation of the client in helping build cases. Talk about your own personal attributes and how they help foster and build trust with the clients you would be working with and reiterate to your interviewer why you believe trust is such an important factor in the relationships you will have with clients.

Ryan's Answer #1
"For clients that I personally work with, a trustful relationship is the number one priority for me to show my clients that I care about them and that I am invested in the best possible outcome for them. To help build trust from the start, communication is key. I actively listen to them and show respect for their thoughts and opinions. If I disagree with them on anything, I do so professionally and tactfully while educating them on my thoughts. From there, I am quick with my decision making and setting of goals with clients and this greatly helps them trust me and us moving forward as a team."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Having worked as a Paralegal in a large firm, I've always tried to put a personal touch on my work with clients by showing them they are a top priority for me. I keep very detailed files on clients and have the ability to talk to them about their personal cases. As well, I stay in continuous communication with my clients and help set expectations for them regarding what they can anticipate from me and their attorney. All of these things are vital to my clients placing their trust in me and my firm and I'd look to bring these qualities to the team here at Watson, Farley & Williams LLP."
4.
How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
When you feel torn between multiple projects or tasks, how do you decide which one needs your attention the most? Assure the interviewer that you can be diligent when it comes to assessing your priorities through a process of assessing your workload and ranking the overall importance of each client and/or cas.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I will determine which project requires my attention by the number of hours we are behind and then the case size. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed, but I am also aware that these times will require an additional commitment of hours from me. Never have I under delivered on a deadline."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Assuming that the projects have different stakeholders, I take time to speak to each stakeholder to determine the value of increased productivity, morale or revenue, decreased costs, and the overall impact. Our world can be hectic at times and the need to stay calm, cool and collected is vital to the success of my firm. If hired for this position, you'll find that I have an impeccable ability to stay calm yet focused when the going gets tough on the job."
5.
To better help serve our diverse client base here at Watson, Farley & Williams LLP, do you have an area of sub-specialization that you would prefer to focus on if hired?
Administrative and regulatory law spans a wide spectrum of industries and focuses in the legal aspect and for this question, your interviewer will be looking to find out where your strengths are and what clients you would best be suited to represent. Prior to your interview, make sure you do your homework on Watson, Farley & Williams LLP to be able to highlight your skills and interests that best suit their needs. Don't be afraid to talk about your personal motivations for sub-specializing to really highlight your interests to your interviewer.

Ryan's Answer
"After practicing in a pretty general matter as an Administrative Attorney for several years following law school, my passion has always steered towards working with businesses on environmental protection laws. As you can see from my experience, I have worked with many large manufacturing organizations along the west coast in the states of Oregon and Washington. My passion for this section of the trade really stems from my inner desire to do what is right for the earth. Being an advocate for the law and potential healthy changes to the law not only benefits my clients, but also future generations that will follow in our footsteps."
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