Hey ladies, I’m currently in the interview process and I always find it difficult to ask the interview questions. I don’t want it to seem like I’m not interested in the practice group or the firm but it’s always so hard to formulate questions

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I come up with a list of questions to ask beforehand, even if I don't actually care about the answers. Ask about the goals for the group, how they feel the group is supported by the firm/company, what the interviewer likes about the firm/company that makes them stay, etc. That helps you signal interest in the team while also getting some info you can use to make a decision on an offer (if you get one).

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Good questions definitely show interest and preparation. But you are interviewing the firm too. So, your questions should also help you figure out whether the new firm would address your current pain points. Feel free to ping me and I'll be happy to send you a list to give you inspiration and/or to have in your back pocket. Good luck with your search!

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All good suggestions here, but one thing to add. If you are able to, it is better to ask questions as part of the conversation during the interview. Play off of what you are being told and ask questions to take the discussion further. Then, when they ask if you have any questions at the end, you can say no, I think you hit everything. It shows confidence, ability to think on your feet, communication skills, and you will stand out from all the people who prepare and save questions for the end.

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Just ask them things that matter to you - it's your chance to interview them! What type of training is available in the role? Does pay go up with inflation as standard each year? Is working on X national holiday common? What's your policy in bringing a dog into work? Etc etc

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I struggle with this too, but I tend to ask a few general questions about the company, what a typical day would look like (what the hours are like basically…) and about the team I would be working with.

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It depends on the power dynamic. I would have a set of questions that you ask every firm - like how is work staffed, how do the different offices/teams work together, how much junior support will I get, will I work directly with partners, what type of training is there, etc. These are boring, basic questions that fill up time and give the interviewer the opportunity to rattle on about their practice. If you have more leverage (say if you already have other offers) then you can start asking more sensitive questions that you’re really interested in - like what is the WLB, how much weekend work is there, is there room for me to make partner, etc. If there is something that’s particularly important to you, you should ask every partner you speak to and compare answers. (I just lateraled, probably interviewed with 8 different firms, lolz)

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I always ask what success looks like in the role, especially if there are no billable hour requirements.

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Think about what you did and didn’t like at your last job and use those pros and cons as a basis for questions.

Your last firm was understaffed? “What is the paralegal to attorney ratio?” “What non-billable administrative tasks are attorneys responsible for?”

You can formulate multiple questions off of just one like/dislike.

This usually helps you to actually get helpful information to use to determine if the job is a good fit, rather than asking filler questions for information you don’t actually care about.

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A lot of good questions here that I’ll be adding to my future repertoire. One question I didn’t see above is: what is your mentorship/leadership style?

Ask what the timeline or timeframe to hear back or what r the next steps in the process. Also, what attributes has a successful person in the same role had?

Ok so I’m pretty young in my career field (almost 3 years) but I’ve gotten farther in interviews with this question I ask. “What kind of person are you looking for that fits this role” and you always respond with “sounds like me and then reiterate some points that you maybe didn’t get to say before they end it gives them something to think about/ or even laugh and tells them you didn’t want the interview to end I feel like.
But that’s just me! Hehe

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