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Top 10 Court Reporter Interview Questions

Question 1 of 12
How well do you write?
User-Submitted Answers
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I would say fairly well. I have been awarded in school a few times for my writing skills.
2.
I am confident with my writing skills.
3.
I am a good writer. I am always striving to get better and there is always room for improvement.
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Legible enough for me to understand and I have knowledge of shorthand.
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
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No. I am a very observant person. Also I am able to use proper description words t.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Question 3 of 12
Are you a flexible person?
User-Submitted Answers
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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.
2.
Yes, very much so. I do not take change hard at all.
3.
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.
4.
I am very flexible. You can always rely on me when you are short handed.
Question 4 of 12
How do you manage stress in your daily work?
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I prefer to leave it at the door when I go home. What happens at work stays at work and vice versa.
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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.
3.
By taking a moment to my self deep breath and by staying possitive.
4.
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.
Question 5 of 12
What skills do you think are most critical to this job?
User-Submitted Answers
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Written communication skills, analysing skills, interpersonal skils.
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Attention to detail, discretion,
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Listening, typing, time management, efficiency, professionalism.
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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.
Question 6 of 12
Why do you have an interest in court reporting?
User-Submitted Answers
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I have always been fascinated with the court experience, so, for me it would be a great position to be part of it.
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As I am graduated student law program thinking will help me for career.
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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.
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The law has been my field of choice in the court room so I want to help in the court reporter business.
Question 7 of 12
What type of court cases do you prefer?
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Because it is in my field, and I have a keen interest in the criminal justice system, and am happy to be considered for a role that is integral to the integrity of the justice system.
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I would say court cases relating to custody of children among families.
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I do not have a preference. I find all areas of law interesting in their own way.
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Each court case is different, which allows for challenges every day, I believe I find my highest interest in either criminal or family.
Question 8 of 12
Have you ever gotten behind while reporting? How did you catch up?
User-Submitted Answers
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Like any position you must use your time effectively. It's all about time management. If need be you stay and do what needs to be done.
2.
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.
3.
Again, there are times when people are speaking too fast. I retain and trail and when there is a pause, I catch up.
4.
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?
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The law field is always been interesting to me, so I decided to pursue a career in court reporting.
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I have always been fascinated by the Judicial process. I love the thought of being a Judge's right-hand person.
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I know posses the relevant skill and capability and having spent 3 years as a typist in the Judicial Department would only be an added advantage given that I am aware of the Legal Jargons normally used in a Court Sitting.
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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.
Question 10 of 12
Why are you the best person for this job?
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I am an eager worker, who is always looking for opportunities to get ahead and better myself and my team.
2.
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.
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.
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My skills and training qualify me for the position you are offering I can grow in the field with your opportunity.

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Question 11 of 12
Do you ever feel like you can't keep up when reporting?
User-Submitted Answers
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This would be my first experience.
2.
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.
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My skill level should not give me this problem.
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Everyone has those off days. They are lying if they say they don't. They are not often, but occasionally, they do happen.
Question 12 of 12
If you were unhappy with your job, how would you discuss this with your boss?
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I would hope there would be an open door policy where I would be able to sit down and discuss whatever was on my mind with my boss in a manner that would be suitable and professional.
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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.
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I will calmly discuss the problem in a well educated manner and open mind to get the problem resolved.
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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.

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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