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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – are you accepted into a team quickly?

Interview Question – Are you Accepted into a Team Quickly?

Advice
At first glance you may be forgiven for thinking that this is a yes or no answer as you are being asked a pretty closed question.

This question gives you the opportunity to give a specific example and to get over a point to assist your case. You clearly have to give the answer yes! To say no is always going to be considered negatively. Your response needs to give an incident or occasion when you have joined a team and been accepted pretty quickly as well as explaining how you know that you were accepted into the team. You also need to give an incident that provides the interviewer with evidence that links well to the post you are applying for.

Examples of Answers
“Yes. A specific example I can give you dates back to when I started my last post as a paralegal working within a team of 6 with specific responsibility for handling two key elements of a large multi million pound corporate transaction. I felt that I had fitted in well to the team quickly and was accepted almost immediately for the strong input I gave during team meetings. As a team we became close at work and also developed friendships out of work that arose from our good spirit whilst working on the project.”

Or;

“Yes. For example when I started my last managerial post with responsibility for a team of 9 I was careful to make sure that the team always had access to me for support and encouragement and I felt that my colleagues accepted me into the position very quickly indeed as a result of this. Sales increased by 8% over the first year which in part I believe was due to the good team spirit that we as a group had developed. “

 

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