How to Interview and Identify Administrative Help

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.



  1. How do you stay organized when you have multiple deadlines and are getting information from various sources?
  2. What computer programs have you used? What types of documents did you create with them?
  3. What do you hope to gain from this position?
  4. What do you think your typical day would be like working for me/this firm?
  5. Have you ever worked at a small company? What types of things did you do that may not have been in the “job description”?
  6. What would you do if I gave you a task, you didn’t know how to complete it and I was unavailable?
  7. Can you tell me about any experience you’ve had with the Secretary of State/Superior Court of SF?
  8. When filing a motion for summary judgment, what supporting documents are required?
  9. How many court filings do you do in a week?
  10. How many new corporations to you assist in forming in a week/month? What has been your role?
  11. Why does this position/legal field/this firm interests you?
  12. Tell me about a difficult conversation you have had and how you dealt with it.
  13. What do you think you bring to this job that other candidates may not?
  14. Tell me about a time you took a leadership role.
  15. Tell me about a difficult boss or teacher. What made him/her difficult and how did you work with him/her?
  16. Is there anything you would like to tell me about yourself that hasn’t come up in our conversation?