Interview Question 46 – Do you prefer to work in a small, medium or large company?
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Interview Question 46 – Do you prefer to work in a small, medium or large company?

Advice

This is a very loaded question and one that has been asked in interviews up and down the country with the wrong answer given on numerous occasions. During a range of practice interviews I have regularly asked this question and been amazed at the response given. Interviewees often think it is the chance to state their perfect and preferred size company as opposed to the post they are specifically applying for. If you think about it from the employer’s perspective they are looking for one answer and one answer only. You must give an answer that reflects the company you are applying to. It is no use expecting an employer who owns a small company to be particularly keen about employing you if you state that your preference is to work for a large company. This may be the truth, but not the truth you need to share with the firm you are being interviewed by.

Examples of Answers

“A company this size would be perfect for me. The environment you offer is one I have always thrived within (or alternatively sought to work within) as I feel it fits my personality and skill set perfectly. Furthermore my skills and experience fit the job specification you have and I am keen to progress as far as I can within your business.”

Jonathan Fagan

Jonathan Fagan LLM FIRP is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. He has been recruiting solicitors and legal support staff for law firms and in house legal departments for over 17 years and handles roles from junior fee earners through to partners and law firm sales/purchases. A non-practising solicitor on the Roll since 2000, he is also the author of a number of legal career books, which are available at www.legalcareercoaching.co.uk. You can contact Jonathan at cv@ten-percent.co.uk