There are particularly types of questions that are asked by many interviewers for newly qualified positions. If you think through, and prepare answers to, these common questions this will not only assist you in interviews when they come up but will also stand you in good stead for your interview even if they aren’t asked.
When you consider these questions and your answers to them you will be able to develop your own personal pitch about why you are best suited to the job and what sets you apart from the other applicants.
When you get to interview you will find that you can easily draw on these prepared answers (or part thereof) when answering those questions directly but also when answering different questions to the ones you prepared them for.
Your absolute aim in an interview should be to present a positive image of yourself. This will be much easier if you have already thought your answers and presentation through beforehand and built up this positive image in your own mind before the interview. You will then find it is much easier to get this positive image across during the interview.
The questions we would always suggest you prepare for are as follows (remembering that there will be many variations of the questions for which your answers will be more or less the same):
- Tell me a little bit about yourself.
- Why did you choose to be a solicitor?
- What did you enjoy most about being a trainee solicitor?
- What do you know about this firm/organisation?
- Why do you want to work for this firm?
- Why did you decide that you wanted to qualify into this area of law?
- What are your strengths/weaknesses?
- Where would you like to have progressed to in 3/5/10 years?
- Why should we offer you the job?
- What do you do outside of work?
Always remember that being prepared is half the battle! Best of luck!!