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Question 1 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.
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Question 2 of 12
How well do you write?
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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 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
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 5 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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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.