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Interview Question 34 – Describe your strongest and weakest colleagues – how do you cope with such diverse personalities?

Advice This is a difficult question because it is asking you to in some way criticise work colleagues and to perhaps idolise other work colleagues. This is a question potentially loaded towards the interviewer as opposed to the interviewee. At its rawest form you could end up giving an answer that indicates to the interview…

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Interview Question and Answer – describe a time that you failed to sell an idea that you knew was the right one.

Advice This is a negative question and one that wherever possible should be avoided. It does not matter how you answer the question, the answer you give will have to result in you providing the interviewer with evidence of a negative point. Wit this in mind it is worth trying to avoid answering the question…

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Interview Question & Answer 28 – Describe a situation where you are asked to do something you had never attempted previously.

Advice This is a competency based interview question and should be one that you are able to put forward a positive strength and experience that relate specifically to the post you are applying for. so for example if one of the requirements of the post you are going for is that you have experience handling…

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Interview Question & Answer 27 – Describe a situation where you had to change your approach half way through a project or task following new input into the project.

Advice Another particularly difficult competency based question which will almost inevitably result in you needing to have an example in your head before you go into the interview that you are able to use. Without having something pre-prepared it is almost impossible to think about something that quickly when asked these types of questions, which…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – describe a situation in which you were a member of a team – what did you do to positively contribute to it?

Advice This is the classic competency based interview question that gets asked time and time again in some form or another. It does not matter who you are and what your circumstances, there must have always been a time when you were a member of a team and you are able to give this information…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – describe a situation in which you influenced or motivated people.

Advice This is another relatively easy question because if you have prepared your approach to interview effectively you should have a number of examples that will cover this question already stored in your mind. It is a good time to get over the point that you are a team player who contributes effectively to a…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – Describe a Situation in which you dealt with confrontation, for example a difficult customer?

Advice This is an answer that most people can probably conjure up from somewhere as most of the workforce will have dealt with difficult customers. Everyone has had to deal with some sort of confrontation in their lives, whether in a sporting, academic or work environment. Try to think of a work-based example as these…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – Describe a project where you needed to involve input from other departments – how did you identify that need and how did you ensure buy-in from the appropriate leaders and managers?

Advice This is a STAR competency based interview question. STAR stands for “Situation, Task, Action and Result” and this particular question is a strong example of where using this technique is so effective. Firstly it is probably almost impossible to answer this type of question without having thought about it before attending the interview. It…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – describe a project or situation where you took a project to completion despite important opposition.

Advice This type of question is competency based and involves using the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result). Manna from heaven for any Six Sigma practitioners or business change managers. For everyone else it is a very difficult question indeed as the majority of professionals do not spend their working lives dealing with conflict in…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – demonstrate an understanding of organisational issues

Demonstrate an understanding of underlying organisational issues. AdviceA very difficult question if you are not used to dealing with managerial speak! This is a question involving the STAR technique of firstly identifying the situation, secondly identifying a specific task, thirdly identifying your action as part of that task and finally confirming what the result was.…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – Can you give me evidence that you set yourself high personal standards?

Advice This is a particular type of question where you need to have a number of examples of work you have undertaken in the past or present that can be tailored according to the question asked.  You need to think of specific examples where potentially you have completed a task well. However because this was…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – Describe a project or situation where you had to use different leadership styles to reach your goal?

Advice This is a question involving the STAR technique and another example of a question where you need to have specific projects and incidents stored in your brain ready to be adapted to answer these questions. The author of this article thinks that this approach to interviewing is not particularly good or effective.  The technique…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – describe a company you think is doing well or badly and explain why you think this is so?

Advice Preferably you will have been asked this question with just the well as opposed to the badly bit as it is a general rule in interviews that wherever possible you try to avoid any negative comment or thought about anything. It does make a difference to the perception of the interviewer if you focus…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – Are you hoping for specialisation in a particular field. If so, why?

Advice This is a loaded question and one you need to be very careful about answering.  If you are applying for a junior post, for example a training contract with a solicitors’ firm, you really should not be giving any indication at this stage of an interest to specialise in.  You simply do not know…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – Are you considering any other positions at the moment?

Advice This question really depends on the circumstances of the interview. If you have been headhunted, are currently in employment and not particularly looking until you were approached then it would be perfectly acceptable to give a straightforward answer. If not, you need to consider your response very carefully. If you give an affirmative answer…

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