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Legal Assistants Interview Questions
1. What qualities do you feel are most important for a successful legal assistant?
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Legal Assistants
December 4th, 2014

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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Yes, always willing and helping others in the department.
 
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Yes it is always helpful in getting things done on time.
 
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Yes, I enjoy working with others towards a common goal. We all work for the same company and it's a good feeling knowing we are benefitting the same company.
 
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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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Proactive, high energetic person and goal orientated.
 
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My greatest strength is my attention to detail and I have strong work ethic and my weakness is I get nervous talking in a group of people sometimes.
 
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The ability to overcome obstacles through critical thinking and ingenuity. If there is a problem that needs to be solved, I will find a way to do it. Overly critical of my own work.
 
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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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Municipal violations Like traffic and class c misdemeanors.
 
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Insurance defense. Personal injury defense. Litigation.
 
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Commercial law, estate law and property law.
 
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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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Spell check, make sure all dates are correct.
 
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When my suprevisor gives me a task to do, I make sure to write it down immediately and ask for clarification if I need it. I also keep written updates of my work in case something gets misplaced and to maintain accuracy. I also double check and triple check my assignments before handing them in.
 
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Proof reading, grammer and spelling.
 
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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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I am the best candidate for you because I am willing to go beyond what is required. I am extremely hard working and diligent in my work. For example, in my last job I often worked overtime and was cross trained in the marketing department to help them when they were short staffed.
 
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I am a hard worker and a team player. I like working under pressure.
 
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I am a quick learner and I can adapt to any situation. I have experience working in a highly.
 
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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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It has prepared me to work in this firm because I know the high importantance every client is, accurate and no errors are a. P must and I know the legal terminology.
 
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My college degree has prepared me to work for this firm because it has really honed my analytical and critical thinking abilities. My pre law background has prepared me to pursue a career in law and I have a great interest in being in this industry.
 
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I have taken many legal classes where I learned legal vocabulary and writing skills.
 
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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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My interpersonal skills and commitment to accuracy will definatly have a positive impact on the department I will be working in.
 
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I am a very positive person and get a long with everyone.
 
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My strong work ethic and positive attitude will be a great attribute to your firm. I'm a hard worker, I make sure any job I am given is completed on time and accurately. If I don't understand something I make sure to ask questions so I can complete my work as perfectly as possible.
 
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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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To have the opportunity to grow professional and personally with a reputable firm.
 
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My long term careers goals are to attend law school and pursue a career in internation law. My short terms goals are to learn as much about the law as I can. I want to work for a firm where I can gain real life experience and apply the education that I gained from University where I can grow as an employee.
 
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Right now I want to gain legal experience and use this job as a stepping stone to become a mediator. In a few years I see myself as a successful mediator.
 
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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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There has to be variety, you must be passionate about the work you are doing and there must be a good working environment.
 
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What is the top 3 things most important about a job.
 
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Environment, clear instructions and team work.
 
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The most important things to me in a job is a great environment, understanding, and great work ethic.
 
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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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A passionate person who brings a good attitude, hard work ethic, and follows through on assignments.
 
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I interact effectively with others and I am not afraid to get the job done regardless of what it takes.
 
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I would describe myself as detail oriented and hard working. I care very much about the presentation of my work and I take alot of pride in what I do. I want to be excellent in every task I set out to achieve, no matter how small or big.
 
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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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It's good to ask questions and communication is key.
 
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Helping families and children and the satisfication and gratification.
 
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I have learned the culture of the law and learned to do research about law.
 
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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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I really just want to save as much money as I can so I can buy a home with my boyfriend and be able to get married. If we don't have a home to move into after we get married I wouldn't want to move back in with my parents.
 
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I need to become a person who society should be proud of.
 
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In the next ten years I would like to have my student loans paid off and begin buying real estate. I want to be comfortable and be able to have college funds for my children. My oldest will be graduating in around ten years and I would like for him to be financially supported while he begins his journey.
 
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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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Yes. I was very determined to make good grades in school. I worked hard and met that goal.
 
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Yes, for IP. But not necessarily, when I was a student I had to juggle between 2 jobs in order to be able to sustain myself. Therefore, I could not study as much as I should for exams.
 
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The classes I cared about are. If you were to look at my transcript you'll see the math classes aren't as well because I didn't enjoy math. The classes I enjoyed tend to have better grades because I liked doing the work and learning in them.
 
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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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Where I did my placement, he handed my paperwork to do for small claims court and I noticed he had spelt the name of the client wrong and the numbers on the schedule A had been mixed up from adding more so I made sure I re did the form and changed the schedule A so there were no problems with the form being returned.
 
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Exits that were mixed up on a motion that I corrected.
 
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Our counsel had settled a draft and I had to carry out the changes given by him and also to proof read the document. While doing so, it is required to check the draft word by word so that you do not miss on something essential.
 
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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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My ideal work environment is one that is adaptive. When necessary its easily handles fast paced work.
 
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Positive work environment also an environment which always encourages and motivates an employee to do better.
 
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Great colleagues and good team are the most important environment.
 
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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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Discovery is the main component. First confirm there is no conflict to represent a client. Then get all the facts and discovery produced. Figure out what jurisdiction it should filed in.
 
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The citation, complaint and plea form from defendant.
 
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Details of the clients and litigations.
 
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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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Yes, they successful application depends on me.
 
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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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Its a routine work where not much development and exploring was done.
 
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The last position I had to leave because it was a co op and they didn't have a job opening at the time. The position I haven't left but was looking for different work so I could learn new skills and move on and up as I can't in this current position.
 
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Because my husband got me visa for Qatar.
 
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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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Read up the most relevant ones.
 
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Brainstorming, scan and skim all the information until the relevant ones.
 
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I try to find what is the most important in all the research.
 
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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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A client came into the office threatening the receptionist and being very rude and abusive about the progress of his case. I intercede and assertained why he was upset and explained the process to him as best I could. I understand that most individuals understand how the legal process works.
 
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We had a filed a case on behalf of a beneficiary of a trust against the appointment of the trustees and sale of the immovable property by them. Our client was aged and also suffering from a number of disease, so was on high dose of medication. There were times that the case was getting adjourned for some reason beyond our control but our client used to always blame us and question our ability. It was difficult to convince her that we were doing our best to get her justice.
 
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Difficult client varies from a situation to another. The tactic to deal with one of the difficult client require a deep understanding of his situation before proceeding with any required actions.
 
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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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I have worked primarily in the field for the last 27 years.
 
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I am familiar with it to an extend. Also I am always open to learn.
 
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Extremely well, as you can see in my CV.
 
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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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I know that everything in the legal field is confidential. I would never tell anyone about the details that I deal with or see at work other than coworkers who already know.
 
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I would not discuss the information with anyone.
 
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I know I have to keep it to myself. I never bring my work home. What is in the office stays there.
 
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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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Well I was at JBC alone for awhile and I would answer the phones and clients walk ins as well as doing plaintiff claims. I would work on the plaintiffs claims as much as could and when a client would come in to pay rent I would simply stop and help them and continue back with my work as they left, and the same with telephone calls.
 
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I first try and do a task which I can do quickly. In the mean time I would request one of my colleague to help in the other task.
 
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Look through which needs extreme priority attention and get to work.
 
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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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The mindset development that I gain during my education period.
 
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Legal education, case analysis skill.
 
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What subject did you like the most at school? Why?
 
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Leadership and management.
 
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I enjoyed history the most. It gives a sense of what came before and the capability to learn from errors of the past.
 
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Corporate law and banking law. These subject I had interest in.
 
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History because it explains today.
 
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Maths. It has a set of formula, but you have many ways to answer the question.
 
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Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Legal Assistant?
 
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Improve knowledge skills in legal.
 
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In high school, I took law in grade 11 and 12 and I loved it, I loved studying and I knew everything on tests. I also loved history but I couldn't see what career I could get with that. I knew I wanted to get into the legal field so I went to college for paralegal and I am not a licensed paralegal I only have the knowledge and I felt that legal assistant was a good way to work in the legal field.
 
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I always found that it was an interesting field. My skills and attention to detail are well suited to the legal field.
 
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Since my previous roles and responsibilities our similar to the role of a legal assistant, so I decided to pursue a career as a legal assistant.
 
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A stepping stone into becoming a lawyer.
 
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What are you doing to better yourself as a Legal Assistant?
 
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If the opportunity presents itself. I would take courses.
 
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I try to work better and try to compete with myself.
 
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How do you handle stressful situations?
 
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I strive to maintain a positive, calm, focused mind while I work on getting the problem solved.
 
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Peacefully and calm going.
 
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Calmly try to maintain control and not become frustrated.
 
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I handle stressful situations by first making a list of things I have to do. I then prioritize the work based on the urgency.
 
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By eating foods and listening to music.
 
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Do you work well under pressure?
 
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Yes, some of my best work has been done while under pressure.
 
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Yes, it is very common to work under pressure in a legal environment.
 
3.
Yes, I believe my ability to prioritize my work and stay organized help me to do that.
 
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