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Top 10 Court Reporter Interview Questions

Question 1 of 12
How well do you write?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I am a fast and a good writer and can get the job done by doing less mistakes.
2.
I would say fairly well. I have been awarded in school a few times for my writing skills.
3.
I would say I write well. Extremely well. I've never had any problems communicating in text.
4.
I am just starting but I want to be fast enough to do realtime.
5.
Legible enough for me to understand and I have knowledge of shorthand.
6.
I write well. I have experience saving and profiling various electronic documents as well as creating letters and emails that will be sent to clients.
7.
I can write quite well, I pay attention to detail and try to give the best written statement that best describes the scene in front of me.
8.
I believe I write quite well. I am not an English major but I do understand the basic concepts.
9.
I truly believe I write exceptionally well. I strive to consistently excel and improve in order to not remain stuck on a specific speed, as well as improve my vocabulary and grammar skills, which is needed when I transcribe.
10.
I am confident with my writing skills.
Question 2 of 12
Not only are you reporting what people are saying, but also what they are doing with their gestures and actions. Is it difficult for you to keep up?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
No I am the mother of seven children and am constantly viewing and listening to multiple people at a time.
2.
It can be at times. Especially when people talk over one another. However, I focus a lot on trailing and retention. That helps when there is a pause so I am able to catch up.
3.
No it is a challenging task.
4.
Kindly share the experience you have of taking personal responsibility or action for an employee who does not perform as expected. What was the challenge.
5.
No. I am a very observant person. Also I am able to use proper description words t.
6.
There are times when it can be difficult to keep up with people when they are speaking fast, however, I have learned how to "trail" and have great retention skills and use these skills to catch up during a brief pause or a break in speaking.
7.
It is not difficult for me to keep up. As mentioned before, I multi-task well and I am comfortable with doing various things at once, proficiently.
8.
I don't believe it would be with time and training. I find it takes about 6 months for anyone to be proficient in any new position.
9.
Not all the time. I try as much to decipher the words and actions.
10.
It is not hard to multitask, however, it can be hard to keep up at times when people are speaking fast with minimal breaks. I have learned to "trail" and use my retention skills when this happens and can catch up during a pause or brief break.
Question 3 of 12
Are you a flexible person?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I am a very flexible person, yes. I believe that is one of my strengths.
2.
Absolutely. I understand situations arise where schedules may have to change and I am open to this. I am also comfortable travelling for my position, as well as assisting co-workers who may need me for something that could possibly go beyond the designated schedule time that I am supposed to work until.
3.
I am very flexible. You can always rely on me when you are short handed.
4.
Yes, I do consider myself to be a flexible person.
5.
Yes, very much so. I do not take change hard at all.
6.
Yes, I do consider myself to be a flexible person.
7.
I am very flexible. I actually enjoy knowing that each day may be very different, it keeps it interesting.
8.
Wake me up at mid night and tell me about a breaking story, I weill jump onto it. I am able to work long irregular hours, I have done it before thriugh out my career.I can even jugle around in between various reports.
9.
I am a very flexible person, I have no obligations keeping me from a diverse schedule.
10.
Yes I am. I have flexible hours and can work late into the night. I can travel from a place to the other for the sole purpose of getting things done. I am a versatile individual.
Question 4 of 12
How do you manage stress in your daily work?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
If I have stress I will look for someone that I can trust and talk to him/her.
2.
I have learned to take a step back and regroup. If I need a five-minute break to gather myself, I allow myself to take it.
3.
I find it easy to deal with stressful situations in my life. I take my time with things, but work in a proficient manner. I organize tasks I need to do within my day to limit the availability for stress, and if I am ever struggling with something I will ask for assistance from one of my co-workers.
4.
By taking a moment to my self deep breath and by staying possitive.
5.
I tend to thrive in stressful situations and I have always reacted in a positive way. I tend to continue working through it without realizing the stress level until I am off the clock.
6.
By taking a little break and continuing thereafter.
7.
Essential oils! Massages, and going home to play with my son.
8.
I prefer to leave it at the door when I go home. What happens at work stays at work and vice versa.
9.
Essential oils! Massages, and going home to play with my son.
10.
I stretch when I am stressed, it loosens the knots in my neck and I take a walk.
Question 5 of 12
What skills do you think are most critical to this job?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Being able to write the speed, control the record, maintain control of speakers, have the ability to interrupt when the record is in jeopardy.
2.
I think this job needs very accurate typing skills together with good hearing skills.
3.
The skills I find most critical for this job are a mixture of attention to detail, as it is crucial you record the correct information as the smallest error can result in a damaging error. It is important that you are able to handle pressure under stress, as you may find yourself in situations where multiple people are talking at once, or matters are moving along quickly and you need to be able to keep up. You must be aware of the legal software and how to use it, as well as necessary notations.
4.
The fast wpm is a critical one you must be able to keep up. And also good ear.
5.
Gathering detailed information, ensuring all tools are present prior to court commencing, speed and accuracy in typing skills and the ability to see the reactions and surroundings of the proceeding in an unbias view.
6.
Attention to detail, discretion,
7.
Of course being able to type and edit our transcripts. It is also important to have good communication skills and be open to ask and answer questions.
8.
Listening, typing, time management, efficiency, professionalism.
9.
Of course being able to type and edit our transcripts. It is also important to have good communication skills and be open to ask and answer questions.
10.
Typing. Recording. Etiquette.
Question 6 of 12
Why do you have an interest in court reporting?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
As mentioned before, I have been friends with Court Reporters ever since I was in High School, creating a passion for the field. It is a challenging career where you must strive to produce perfect work. The challenge is the part that interests me the most. Every day that you improve your skill and talent with typing, the better and faster you will get.
2.
I was able to achieve 225 wpm's in school and was pushing myself for 250
3.
Being inspired by some cases in the law suit, I release being a court reporter it creates love, cooperation and team work cause they is no how you can work alone.
4.
I wanted to have a career and not just a job. It seemed fascinating to me and it is something I really enjoy.
5.
I have typing skills and is very competent with different machines and computers.
6.
It is a passion to work skillfully with my voice.
7.
I have always had an interest in the legal field and I with my confidence in computers and software, I believe this would be a great opportunity for me to start my career. I am comfortable with dictating information while listening to various voices and scenarios.
8.
I have always been in a career position where communications of facts, data and situations have been crucial to stakeholders and myself, to make decisions. I believe in integrity and identifying the reactions to situations in order to fully understand the circumstance as a whole. I feel that my passion and the specific requirements for this role are a great fit.
9.
The law has been my field of choice in the court room so I want to help in the court reporter business.
10.
Court has a lot of challenges. You meet interesting contacts.
Question 7 of 12
What type of court cases do you prefer?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I really enjoy criminal. I'm sure most do. Although they are my favorite, I find that even some of the not-so-interesting cases keep my attention. Every day is different. I enjoy variety.
2.
I can work with all court cases since it will be in my job description.
3.
Each court case is different, which allows for challenges every day, I believe I find my highest interest in either criminal or family.
4.
I have no preference, they are all interesting to me.
5.
I have experience in all case. I do prefer criminal, because I am very familiar with it.
6.
I would say court cases relating to custody of children among families.
7.
I do not have a preference. I find all areas of law interesting in their own way.
8.
I have experience in all case. I do prefer criminal, because I am very familiar with it.
9.
Criminal is most interesting to me. I also enjoy divorce cases as they are very interesting and never dull.
10.
I am flexible, I am not bothered by which court am reporting on, be it constitutional, or appeal, even labour court, I am free flowing.
Question 8 of 12
Have you ever gotten behind while reporting? How did you catch up?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I have not been in this situation because if I feel myself getting behind I am proficient in interruption.
2.
Again, there are times when people are speaking too fast. I retain and trail and when there is a pause, I catch up.
3.
This is an interview for my first position as a court reporter, so I have not had this experience. If I ever found myself in this position, I would indicate in my notations where I have missed something. I would respectfully ask the judge for a brief moment, or recess as I am feeling a little overwhelmed. If this is not possible, I would catch up on any of the recesses or breaks.
4.
Asked the people in question to slow down.
5.
At times yes, I would write a couple of key words to remind myself, continue with reporting the current events, then go back to my keywords and extend the details so that all relevant information was inputted.
6.
I have learned when it is busy with transcripts, I have to really make myself be organized and even make a timeline of due dates so that I don't get behind.
7.
Of course and then I take a deep breath and catch up as much as I can.
8.
I have learned when it is busy with transcripts, I have to really make myself be organized and even make a timeline of due dates so that I don't get behind.
9.
I have plenty of down-time at home to type whenever I need to catch up so I do not worry about getting too far behind. If I find myself falling behind, I prioritize and catch up.
10.
Once due to lack of experience at the time and was dissapointed by equipment. I filed through thw TV crew though I was doing radio. But it was not such a big mess.
Question 9 of 12
Why did you choose to become a Court Reporter?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Ever since I was in High School, I had two best friends who were professional Court Reporters, helping me gain an insight and love for the field. I knew one way or another; I wanted to be involved in the Courts so after much research on schools and jobs, I decided to transition my life from a four-year business college to a Court Reporting program.
2.
I choose it because I have study basic of law and I want to help with the knowledge I have acquire to expose my intelligence'
3.
I have always been fascinated by the Judicial process. I love the thought of being a Judge's right-hand person.
4.
I know that I have the skills and knowledge of being a Court Reporter. As a typist, I usually take dictations and I use my skills with my job so I can be relied upon to get the work done.
5.
I like a challenge and the skill as well as the lucrative salary.
6.
I have always found this field interesting and now I am in a position that I can change career path and take my past experience and skills into this exciting field.
7.
I love the stories that are coming out of the court room. The emotions that people go through and the relief when justice is served. The debate between lawyers.
8.
I grew up knowing a court reporter and she was kind of a role model for me.
9.
It was one of my interests after graduating from college.
10.
I grew up knowing a court reporter and she was kind of a role model for me.
Question 10 of 12
Why are you the best person for this job?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I am a hard worker, self-motivated, and reliable.
2.
I am looking to be part of a team and be a long-term member of the team. I am very dedicated and I work hard and enjoy what I do.
3.
I am a highly motivated individual who is eager to start their career. I believe I possess all the required and recommended skills and traits for this position. I am punctual person with great organizational skills. Not only am I comfortable working within a courtroom, but I have a huge passion for the legal field.
4.
Because I have life experience, I'm someone who believes in confidentiality and perfection.
5.
I am detailed, I show up, I will always excel at my job and can adapt well in all situations. I have great interpersonal skills, pride and integrity.
6.
My skills and training qualify me for the position you are offering I can grow in the field with your opportunity.
7.
I have the needed experience in court for over six years now. I work really well with others, and I feel I am easy to approach and I also finish my work in a timely manner.
8.
I can't say what the qualities of the other candidates are and I'm sure there are some great potentials. I do know that I will work extremely hard to make sure that I am the best I can possibly be at my job. I don't do well with average.
9.
I don't know what other reporters have to offer but I am punctual and determined.
10.
I have the needed experience in court for over six years now. I work really well with others, and I feel I am easy to approach and I also finish my work in a timely manner.

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Question 11 of 12
Do you ever feel like you can't keep up when reporting?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I think we all have those moments where everything starts to get away from you, but that's when you take a breath, interrupt, and get your control of the record back.
2.
Everyone has those off days. They are lying if they say they don't. They are not often, but occasionally, they do happen.
3.
I would have to disagree with this situation. I am a fast typer with attention to detail and good hearing. I am comfortable with a fast paced environment and if for any reason I feel as though I have missed something, I could politely ask the judge to confirm any rulings he may have made, or ask the individual speaking if they could repeat what they have said. Another option would be for me to ask the court clerk for assistance.
4.
No, I have had to facilitate and coordinate many meetings, where reporting from all stakeholders have been crucial, I found myself detailing the talking points, suggestions, actions and information from the speakers came easily to me.
5.
My skill level should not give me this problem.
6.
No. If people are speaking over one another, I will ask the Judge to have them stop interrupting.
7.
No. If people are speaking over one another, I will ask the Judge to have them stop interrupting.
8.
No, I don't feel that way, I was trained well by professionals. I do however realize that over time it will get easier or more common place doing this job, but I know I can keep up.
9.
That would be new to me. It has never happened. I have thrown into the den of reporting critical stories, with high publiuc demand, and reports required instantly, I have never succumbed to lacking behind.
10.
Sometimes I do when people are talking over each other.
Question 12 of 12
If you were unhappy with your job, how would you discuss this with your boss?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Maybe ask if it is possible to try a different type of case.
2.
I would make a list of the things that I feel need to be addressed. I would then prioritize them and ask myself which are the most important. Then I would ask to have time set aside to discuss.
3.
I would go to my boss and express my frustrations and solutions to fix it.
4.
I would first pinpoint what it is exactly that I am happy with. I would exhaust all measures to try and fix this error myself, but if it is something out of my authority I would ask to speak to my boss about the issue and hope for a resolution.
5.
I will calmly discuss the problem in a well educated manner and open mind to get the problem resolved.
6.
I would have a conversation inquiring if there was a challenging task or project that could be given to me. Ask for more responsibilities in order to keep me engaged and strengthen my skills and career development.
7.
I would go to my supervisor and talk about what is bothering me. Sometimes it is nice to just talk and get another point of view.
8.
Ask to meet and go over anything that is bothering me to see if it can be resolved.
9.
I would go to my supervisor and talk about what is bothering me. Sometimes it is nice to just talk and get another point of view.
10.
I would tell them my honest opinion.

About Court Reporter

October 1st, 2017

Court reporters spend a major portion of their work day attending court and administrative hearings, depositions, and other legal proceedings that require written transcripts. They record verbal dialogue using various equipment and provide word-for-word transcripts of these recordings. Some court reports are dedicated to helping those who are hearing impaired by providing real-time translations in classrooms and at various events and meetings. Others work behind the scenes by providing captioning for TV broadcasts.
Advanced education is not necessary to become a court reporter. However, most employers will give preference to applicants who have completed formal training at an accredited technical institute or a community college. Completing a bachelor's degree can open up many more employment and advancement opportunities. Court reports must be detail oriented with strong listening, writing and communication skills.
Do you have a compelling answer as to why you choose a career as a court reporter? What about a compelling answer to why you think you would be a good fit for this role? Can you think of a good enough reply if the interviewer asks you to name your strengths and weaknesses? Giving strong, confident answers is the key to getting hired for this job. To see some of the questions that interviewers typically ask at court report interviews, go to Mock Questions.


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