Finding administrative help for a solo practice or small law firm can be challenging – below are some sample interview questions that can help you identify individuals that have administrative experience in a legal setting.
A good place to post a local opening is the SFSU Paralegal job board. The listing is free.
SAMPLE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
- How do you stay organized when you have multiple deadlines and are getting information from various sources?
- What computer programs have you used? What types of documents did you create with them?
- What do you hope to gain from this position?
- What do you think your typical day would be like working for me/this firm?
- Have you ever worked at a small company? What types of things did you do that may not have been in the “job description”?
- What would you do if I gave you a task, you didn’t know how to complete it and I was unavailable?
- Can you tell me about any experience you’ve had with the Secretary of State/Superior Court of SF?
- When filing a motion for summary judgment, what supporting documents are required?
- How many court filings do you do in a week?
- How many new corporations to you assist in forming in a week/month? What has been your role?
- Why does this position/legal field/this firm interests you?
- Tell me about a difficult conversation you have had and how you dealt with it.
- What do you think you bring to this job that other candidates may not?
- Tell me about a time you took a leadership role.
- Tell me about a difficult boss or teacher. What made him/her difficult and how did you work with him/her?
- Is there anything you would like to tell me about yourself that hasn’t come up in our conversation?