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Give me an example that demonstrates your attention to detail.
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  1. Give me an example that demonstrates your attention to detail.
  2. What is your greatest accomplishment so far?
  3. Most people that come into the court room already have a high level of stress, how will you treat them to help calm their nerves?
  4. What makes you most qualified for this position?
  5. How do you stay organized?
  6. Tell me about your experience managing confidential information.
  7. What makes you the best candidate for this position?
  8. Describe your experience working in a court environment. What did you like about it? What didn't you like about it?
  9. How do you keep track of multiple priorities and still focus on quality?
  10. How do you handle stressful situations?
  11. Why do you want this job?
  12. Tell me about your education/training.
  13. What interests you most about this position?
  14. Tell me about a time when you made a mistake. How did you handle it?
  15. How would you rate your communication skills?
  16. Explain how you handle jurors in a trial.
  17. What is your legal background?
  18. Do you have any questions for us?
  19. What would your boss say about you?
  20. How would your co-workers describe you?
  21. What are your long term career goals?
  22. What is the most important skill that you would bring to this job?
  23. What process do you follow to prepare and organize documents and records?
  24. In any team you have people that do not perform. Describe the toughest person you have had to manage. How did you handle this situation?
  25. Tell me about your leadership experience.
  26. Tell me about a time when you had to research a problem. How did you identify the best solution?
  27. Tell me about a challenge you faced. How did you overcome it?
  28. Describe a situation in which you had to meet a tight deadline.
  29. How many words can you type per minute? How accurate are you at that speed?
  30. Do you work best by yourself or with a team?
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Court Clerk Information
August 26th, 2017

Court clerks are responsible for performing a wide range of administrative tasks in the civil and criminal justice systems. They may work in district or bankruptcy courts, the Supreme Court, or a court of appeals. Their duties include administering oaths to jurors and witnesses, maintaining court records and authenticating court orders and judgments amongst others. Court clerks may work at the municipality, state or federal levels.
A high school diploma may be sufficient to get an entry-level court clerk position in a smaller court but this has limited advancement opportunities. A better way to start your career as a court clerk is by completing a bachelor's or associate's degree in administrative assisting, the criminal justice system or any other field related to the justice system. Working in the federal court required advanced education in law. Extensive knowledge of legal procedures is essential for anyone looking to pursue a career in this field. Court clerks must also have strong business management, accounting, word processing and budgeting skills.
At your interview, the interviewer will want to determine if you know exactly what the job involves and if you have what it takes to work as a court clerk. They will also want to know more about your short and long term career goals. Finding the right answers can sometimes prove to be difficult, especially when you are under pressure to perform well. The best way to be more confident at your court clerk interview is to be prepared. At Mock Questions, you will find several questions that interviewers often ask at court clerk interviews. You can prepare for your interview by practicing your answers to these questions.
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Question 1 of 30
Give me an example that demonstrates your attention to detail.
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A fellow Court Clerk was out sick for her trial so I stepped in to cover for her. While I was getting all of her documents together about an hour before showtime I found that she had paperwork from another case mixed in. I had one hour to go back through her paperwork. I focused and got the job done.
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Attention to detail is very important to me. This is also an important quality for a clerk to have because they are information they are collecting and processing is legal.
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It very important to me because I am avery detailed oriented person and I think that as a court clerk they should try and avoid mistakes that could jeopardize info in the court system.
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Attention to detail is very important to me in any job because it increase efficiency and productivity. It is important for a clerk because you are accepting payments from citizens, filing papers, receiving papers from the judge, etc. And when meeting the needs of the citizens you are helping, you must be able to give them the right answers and provide the right paper work for them.
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Attention to detail is very important to me. And is important in this job since there are a lot of files to keep organized and peoples lives in those files you don't wanna mix them up.
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Very important. It's important for a clerk to make sure they have the correct person for the right court case.
Question 2 of 30
What is your greatest accomplishment so far?
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My greatest accomplishment has been getting back into school and preparing to enter law school. I have a few years to go but I'm excited to reach that next goal that I've set.
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With no experience of working in court before but now I know how to work with different systems,
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I accompliseh various promotions and nvq 5 in management I lead a team of employers an was very organised.
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How to work multiple positions, and be a fast learner.
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Consistently achieving more than was expected. Helping when others were on FMLA or ill.
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During my time I received more and more responsibility as I proofed myself, I brought a lot of Ideas to the Attention of my supervisor which we then put in place, got more organized and easier to accomplish certain tasks.
Question 3 of 30
Most people that come into the court room already have a high level of stress, how will you treat them to help calm their nerves?
Professional answer
Coming prepared and not frazzled shows the client that you are organized and ready to tackle their case. Being able to focus on them and not the fact that you are unorganized puts them at ease.
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Yes, I am very patient person that would like to give a smile to the guest, I have always positive views on my customer service, I like greet with a smile and keep a positive attitude in all times.
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I would be friendly and smile and ask them how they are to begin. I would speak and act in a calm manner and let them know I want to help them.
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I will talk to friendly differnt topic to distrak them and try to represant my best costomer service.
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Will asked them to be relaxed. Cool Down, and have confidence in your self. Simply understand you will definitely get what you deserve.
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I’d treat them with very friendly attention and understanding. Be able to provide the most information I can for them.
Question 4 of 30
What makes you most qualified for this position?
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Not only have I been a Court Clerk for three years but I bring 10 years of experience as a Medical Records clerk to the position.
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In depth work with guests accounts and using spreadsheets and a lot of paperwork, filing, and proper documentation. Extensive customer service background, and quick learner.
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I worked as an admin clerk before and I currently working in court as admin clerk under maintenance payout section.
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I work hard, willing to learn new information.
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I am organised, unjudgemental I have a clear voice I work well as past of a team and on own initative.
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I am detail oriented, want to get the job done quick and perfect as possible.
Question 5 of 30
How do you stay organized?
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I stay organized in a few different ways. I use my outlook calendar to remind me of meetings and my to-do list to visually remind me of my tasks and their priority.
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Yes I do. On each job I have had, I have had to set my schedule by prioritizing my work.
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I enjoy being organized. I feel that it is of great importance to be prepared as the work environment can get rather hectic and fast-paced at times. I have worked in high crisis, stressful settings, such as, CPS, the counseling center, Parole & Probation, and was Maisy Ike's assistant for some time. Being organized at the beginning, and end of the day, made the work environment less stressful, prevented clientele from exhibiting more hostility and/or fear of facing their consequences here in Tribal Court.
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Yes it is a passion of mine as I believe I am a well organised individual.
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Yes, I like to be busy setting schedules, filing, and answering phones.
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Yes, because I feel those things are important in life.
Question 6 of 30
Tell me about your experience managing confidential information.
Professional answer
I handle all my paperwork and information in a confidential manner. My job is to safeguard the information that I'm managing and preparing for cases.
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Yes, I have high standard in completing multi-task as the day goes on. Organization is one of my mind set to complete my to do list for the day.
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I have no experience in preparing records but I am willing to learn.
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Yes. I do enjoy preparing records. I believe the more organized you are, the more productive you become, saving time.
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If that is a job that needs to be done yes.
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I always have enjoyed docketing, filing records and documents appropriately.
Question 7 of 30
What makes you the best candidate for this position?
Professional answer
My professionalism in the court room is what sets me apart from the rest.
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I can offer leadership and organizational skill. I can also offer my years of customer experience.
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All have good abilities; but I am sure I can be best among them by my sharp and positive approach.
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I can server exellecent customer service, I have a strong strength in communications skills, I always do the best to service the guest is need and information as they requested.
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-Provide professionalism as well as a positive enviorment.
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Considering my background, I have a vast experience in managing records, data entry and confidence that can be unmatched.
Question 8 of 30
Describe your experience working in a court environment. What did you like about it? What didn't you like about it?
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I have one year of experience as a Court Clerk. Because I'm a very organized and detailed oriented person, I enjoy being able to pull of the documentation for the case and review it for accuracy. I dislike the long hours it can create but it is all worth it at the end.
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Never worked with the court before.
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I am very dedicated and passionate towards any work. My strength is my hard work to what ever extent it takes to I do stick on to that work with dediaction.
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I haven't had any experience actually working within the court system.
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We ran things on value, and compatibility in which we always and found ways for improvements.
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I have not run a court. I have work hand in hand with both the DOC paralegals and attorneys in the investigation and the organization of case files for civil complaints brought against the DOC.
Question 9 of 30
How do you keep track of multiple priorities and still focus on quality?
Professional answer
Quality is the most important thing in regards to presenting information. I make a point to work on one task at a time so that I can give it 100% of my attention.
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Four of them will say I am loyal, hard working and social personality.
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All five has trust on me, I am confident regarding that.
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Without a doubt all five would state that I am the most trustworthy individual that you will every meet.
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My friends would all say I am trustworthy, compassionate and honest. I am assertive and very professional in all areas of my work space.
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If you called my friend to ask about me then you will find out that I am honest, puncuall and friendly.
Question 10 of 30
How do you handle stressful situations?
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If I am faced with stressful situations I've found that asking for help is beneficial. Being able to share the load makes the situation easier.
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Generally, I handle stress in a calm, collective manner-if I need to, I take a step back, breathe, then continue with the task(s) at hand.
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I do not get stressed I am a calm person.
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I can perform some stress reducing breathing, counting, and remain calm, smiling and friendly so as not to antagonize the situation.
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I try to stay calm and listen to what the client is saying.
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Stressuful situations I have handle with very careful do the work.
Question 11 of 30
Why do you want this job?
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I'd like to build upon my work experience and excel at law school.
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I used to work in a governamental program in Brazil that work directly with the court. In this place I used to work with lawyers, judges and prosecutors as well as people who needed legal assistance. In this position I also supervise the new interns and I am looking for a position where I can work with it again as well as being able to continuous my eduacation in the united states.
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The job description fits the type of job I have been seeking, new challenges, developments and moreover the stability of the court system.
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As my previous work experience is also in clerical so hence will be happy to work in the same profile for a govt. Institution.
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I want to be a court clerk because I want to help the general public, answering their questions regarding the Court system and their particular legal situations.
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I have computer operator experience and also good typing speed also.
Question 12 of 30
Tell me about your education/training.
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I just finished my degree in Criminology. I look forward to being able to use my degree and my last year of volunteering at this courthouse.
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I am graduated in law from a brazilian school and I worked in a government office that here it would work as a probation office. I also took classes at NOVA and I am currently working at a legal firm in the united states.
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After compeleting my high school and Secondary education, I got selected in ITI Chandigarh, later simultaneously I pursue my graduation in Arts and completed the same in 2006.
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Formal training in information technology, business, health.
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High school and some collage.
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I finished my high school in 2008 attaining a c- grade. After that I joined college for a certificate in computer applications in 2009 then later for a diploma in computer engineering at 2011.
Question 13 of 30
What interests you most about this position?
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The fact that this courtroom directly supports departing inmates at the correctional facility in town interests me. I'm interested in hearing their stories and watching the courtroom in action. I would imagine this is a very busy courtroom and I'm ready for the challenge.
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I've done quite extensive research, I come and observe near daily.
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Yes I am sure, I have tried goggling.
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I am very sure that this job for me. I have lot of research regarding this job.
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I am sure this is the job I want because I want the chance to help the general public with their questions and with their particular legal questions. I have always been interested in what it takes to become a court clerk and I believe my experience as a paralegal/legal assistant will me be successful.
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This job is related to my academic field. I research many thing about high court clerk I came to know that I will get more experience and knowledge and tough time to be more efficient.
Question 14 of 30
Tell me about a time when you made a mistake. How did you handle it?
Professional answer
I've made many mistakes but I own it and learn from it.
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With the me paying attention to details I always make sure that I do not make mistakes.
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I have made mistakes, I took it to my immediate Supervisor to ensure corrections were made as soon as possible. I never guessed or made assumptions about anything I did as a court clerk.
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I have not made a mistake as a court clerk, but as a paralegal I have made mistakes in the past. When make a mistake, I immediately try to fix the issue, whether it means that I re-file a corrected form or start from scratch. If I personally cannot fix it, I make sure I find someone who can help me fix the problem as soon as possible.
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When I become a court clerk I will make mistakes but ensure that these are remedied as efficently and expeditiously as possible.
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There is always way to correct the mistake.
Question 15 of 30
How would you rate your communication skills?
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I'm a very effective communicator. As the glue that keeps the courtroom organized and on track, it is imperative that I'm able to effectively communicate with other professionals to get the job done.
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I am incredibly comfortable with strangers, specifically in the work setting and that is because I am confident. I know I can answer their questions and if I cannot answer them then I know I have the ability and resources to find that answer.
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Always observes the most confidential information.
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I have more skills than strangers . I am fast worker . Gaining of work in limited time .
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I would say I am particularly sociable and have good social skills with strangers. Since I have retail experience, I had to build report with many individuals in order to build a solid clientele base.
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Excellent. I try to make people feel at ease and speak professionally, calmy and informative as possible.
Question 16 of 30
Explain how you handle jurors in a trial.
Professional answer
As a fellow member of the legal team I respect all members to include Jurors. They are there to do a job so I support and respect them the entire way.
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Question 17 of 30
What is your legal background?
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I've been a court clerk for 2 years now. I'm looking forward to the chance of working in a larger courtroom and becoming more proficient at my job.
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I have worked as an office admin, finance officer and supply chain management which where I learnt lot.
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I have once been aressted for being in vehicle under influence and had points to licence as I explained my drink was spiked apart from that I have a clean background.
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Paralegal courses during my associates of arts degree.
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I have a legal secretary diploma and 2.5 years working for a law office.
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My legal background single, head of household.
Question 18 of 30
Do you have any questions for us?
Question 19 of 30
What would your boss say about you?
Question 20 of 30
How would your co-workers describe you?
Question 21 of 30
What are your long term career goals?
Professional answer
My long term goal is to become a Senior Court Clerk at this company. I'm confident with a few more years experience I'll be a contender for the role.
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Question 22 of 30
What is the most important skill that you would bring to this job?
Question 23 of 30
What process do you follow to prepare and organize documents and records?
Professional answer
I first need to establish the timeline that I have to accomplish the task. I prioritize a list of tasks in order to complete the job. Once I've gathered all my documentation I focus on organizing everything and presenting it to the team.
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Question 24 of 30
In any team you have people that do not perform. Describe the toughest person you have had to manage. How did you handle this situation?
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A fellow court clerk was finishing his education at night so he could apply to law school. He was falling asleep at work, couldn't concentrate and was falling behind on his work. I brought my concern to him and he ultimately decided he would take a leave of absence to give 100% to his studies. I supported his decision and am very proud of his accomplishments.
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Question 25 of 30
Tell me about your leadership experience.
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At my current position I serve as a mentor to a Jr. Court Clerk. I'm able to help him along in his career, provide advice, give on on the job training and allow him to assist me on cases to gain more experience.
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Question 26 of 30
Tell me about a time when you had to research a problem. How did you identify the best solution?
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A few weeks ago I had a hard time finding any information on one of our cases. I determined that the name was an alias and had to do a little digging to find their legal name. Once I identified the correct name, I was able to pull the required information for presentation.
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Question 27 of 30
Tell me about a challenge you faced. How did you overcome it?
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When I first became a Court Clerk it was challenging not having a legal background. I had amazing mentors that guided me along the way.
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Question 28 of 30
Describe a situation in which you had to meet a tight deadline.
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Last week we had a case that needed to be ready in 24 hours. I formed a team of 3 court clerks, assigned them duties and presented all the required information to the team within 12 hours.
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Question 29 of 30
How many words can you type per minute? How accurate are you at that speed?
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I can type 70 words per minute. My accuracy is 92%.
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Question 30 of 30
Do you work best by yourself or with a team?
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