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1. What qualities do you feel are most important for a successful legal assistant?
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Although lawyers assume ultimate responsibility for legal work, they often delegate many of their tasks to paralegals. In fact, paralegals?also called legal assistants?are continuing to assume new responsibilities in legal offices and perform many of the same tasks as lawyers. Nevertheless, they are explicitly prohibited from carrying out duties considered to be within the scope of practice of law, such as setting legal fees, giving legal advice, and presenting cases in court.
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Legal Assistants Interview Questions
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Do you enjoy working as part of a team?
 
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Yea I do, I feel that important in the legal field or any field actually.
 
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I do love working as a team. Honestly, I'm a expert at adapting, working in a team or on my own would not slow me down in any way.
 
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What is your greatest strength? Greatest weakness?
 
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My greatest strength is my ability to adapt to change and be flexible. My greatest weakness is over extending myself by taking on too many tasks at the same time. I have worked on this weakness by priortizing and planning ahead what I will be doing.
 
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My greatest strength is my attention to detail. My greatest weakness would also be my attention to detail.
 
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Which areas of law are you most interested in?
 
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When I first was in school I liked landlord tenant board but as I finished I realized I might want to be an administrative paralegal and I am up to any area of law.
 
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For success legal assistant learn with their experience and broad mind and present of mind.
 
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How do you check your work for accuracy?
 
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I normally proofread everything I do to make sure that I have made no mistakes and I know how important that is in the legal field.
 
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I will always double check to make sure if has the correct and accurate information.
 
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Why are you the best candidate for us?
 
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I have a vast experience in a legal setting and can adapt to the way you run your office.
 
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I'm the best candidate because although I may not have experience in corporate law, I am willing to learn and I am a fast learner, I can pick up a new skill or task very easily.
 
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How has your college degree prepared you to work in this firm?
 
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My paralegal certificate requires me to obtain continued education in the legal field and in doing so it has taught me the necessary skills needed in the legal field.
 
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Describe a time when you feel you worked well in a team answer.
 
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How can you contribute to our firm?
 
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By being an honest employee and doing the job that is expected of me.
 
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I can contribute because I am a fast worker, and accurate. Any and all work that is needed to be done will be done by or before the deadline needed. I can help with any other department or employee if they need a hand with their workload. Since I am a fast learner, once I know what I am doing I will ask little amount of questions.
 
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What are your long and short range career goals and objectives?
 
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I want to develop new skills and abilities and to made the most of my opportunities.
 
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In the short term I am looking to gain as much experience in the legal field as possible - to advance to the position of paralegal with increased pay and responsibilities. In the long term I have considered law school.
 
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What two or three things are most important to you in a job?
 
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Job security, positive job environment, professional growth.
 
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What is the top 3 things most important about a job.
 
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How would you describe yourself?
 
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A hard worker, team player, keen to learn new things and easily adapts to new environments, not shy.
 
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I am hard worker and reliable and good listener.
 
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What have you learned from the other attorneys/paralegals you've spoken with today?
 
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They seem to be part of a team.
 
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I know that keeping a client happy is at the top of your list, no matter how well you did your work if the client is unhappy you won't be getting referrals from that client. And that you can't always win.
 
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What goals, other than those related to your legal career, have you established for yourself for the next 10 years?
 
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To be healthy through fitness, be a great mother and own my own business.
 
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Achieved good experience in HR
 
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Are your grades a good indication of your academic achievement?
 
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Yes and No. I feel that majority can show you that I was a good student but some not so much because you learn once you make a mistake and you don't get the chance to redo, only not do it next time so you still got the mark for doing it wrong although you now know how to do it write.
 
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I have made mistakes before but I have worked hard to improve and learned from experience.
 
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Can you give me an example of a situation where you demonstrated an eye for detail?
 
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Yes, will getting ready to enter all patrol schedules I noticed wrong dates entered on spread sheet. I reconfirmed with the seargent before entering it into the computer .
 
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In current job the advert placed online had grammatical issues, once checked informed the concerned department to rectify and follow up until sorted.
 
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What type of work environment would allow you do to your best work?
 
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I do well in all types of environment.
 
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I feel one where the workload is not TOO much but not enough. Say I have 12 things due in the next 2, I will still do my best but I can do my best work when say I have around 6-7 due so I can reAlly focus.
 
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What are the main components of a case file and what steps are carried out to file a case?
 
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The main components of a case file and steps are to File a case Summarize the case Collect and organize materials for the case Research the law regarding this situation Schedule and speak with witnesses and all involved Team reviews the case.
 
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Main components of a case is statement of claim.
 
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Do you understand the impact you, even as a legal assistant, will have on the lives of our clients?
 
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Yes, I may be the first person at the law firm that the client will talk to so I must make sure to be precessional and friendly with any client even if some may get angry I need to talk to them and help them know that I understand and I am only trying to help.
 
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Not only expensive legal costs but personal such as anxiety, high stress even depression for clients.
 
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Why did you leave your last position?
 
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My husband had got a job in the UK so I had to relocate with him so I had to leave my previous job.
 
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3 months ago because I undertook 4 subjects at university.
 
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How do you manage your research work considering there is so much to look through?
 
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I just do it step by step, I know how to research, I make sure I figure out what I am going to research first and I find that then I will go onto the next, I have not done much researching other than in school or my time at JBC
 
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I look up for the key words and read the decision pronounced in the judgment.
 
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Tell us about a time you had to handle a difficult client.
 
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A defendant was up set that his case was reset by the state. I always think it's helpful listen before I answer so it lets them know I want to be helpful to their concerns.
 
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In various scenarios the client was under pressure, had made the client calm and understand the situation in detail by convincing them in related issues.
 
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How familiar are you with the law we practice at our firm, or the law I specialize in?
 
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I am very familiar with commercial litigation.
 
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I am not too far familiar seeing as I went to school for paralegal I did not learn about corporate law, real estate, nor wills and estates but I am happy to jump in and learn as well as researching everything on my on time.
 
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How do you deal with sensitive or confidential information?
 
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By not talking about it or showing it to any not associated with the case. And also keeping it put up when not working on it.
 
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I believe that it is exactly what it is confidential.
 
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Can you give me an example of a situation where you needed to deal with multiple priorities at once and how you deal with it?
 
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Yes by prioritize the importance of each priority.
 
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According to deadlines. Which deadline comes first would be the one that would demand the priority.
 
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How has your education prepared you to work for us?
 
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I have studied law so with that knowledge I can contribute my knowledge for the growth of this firm.
 
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Master in IP for the theories and for the practice I did an internship.
 
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