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Paralegal Interview Questions

When interviewing for a position as a paralegal, you will be evaluated for your critical thinking, organisational and legal writing skills. Lawyers want paralegals who can excel in a fast-paced environment and are organised and efficient when conducting research for large legal cases. Expect to answer questions about your previous legal experience as well as your ability to prioritise tasks with competing deadlines.

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Top Paralegal Interview Questions & How to Answer

Here are three top paralegal interview questions and tips on how to answer them:

Question No. 1: Why did you choose to become a paralegal?

How to answer: Interviewers ask this question because they want to know where your motivation comes from. They want to be sure that you are self-motivated and passionate about the position. A thoughtful, personal response can stand out to interviewers.

Question No. 2: Can you talk about your research process?

How to answer: Research is a significant part of working as a paralegal. Employers want to know they can trust the research you perform. Talk about past experience and discuss the steps you take to collect information and verify sources.

Question No. 3: How do you stay organised?

How to answer: An organised paralegal is an effective paralegal, so talk about how you stay organised on the job. Interviewers want to make sure you can stay organised to reduce stress and increase productivity at the office. Emphasise your time-management skills by talking about a time when you met a tight deadline. You can also walk an interviewer through your day so they can gain a better understanding of your work process.

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Air Canada
Paralegal was asked...February 3, 2017

What is the most creative situtation you had to deal with a client?

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I am need work permit or permanent resident please help me to I am in Tamil Nadu India help me Less

I will be work on your company if possible

I think I can do the job please help me , I am working before London 10 year ago but I am at the illegal work on more than 7 your at the time I need work for you company work visa or permanent resident please help me thanks Less

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Prince Georges County Public Schools (MD)
Paralegal was asked...September 19, 2018

Why should we hire you?

4 Answers

I’m an experienced pgcps employee who is already familiar with our AP’s and processes. Less

I’m good with my hands am better with kids I like first impression is a must an I will always have the school at its best looking aspects all around Less

Thank you for the opportunity for the he application. I won’t disappoint you

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Thomas J. Henry Law, PLLC

Tell me about your personal injury and litigation experience.

4 Answers

Sounds very familiar

I was sent to HR for what I was told a meeting instead they advised testing. I was fine with testing into they hand me 5 timed test with very poor copying, you could tell if it was a smudge mark or comma. The testing was poorly set up, I would say with the quality of testing you get what you pay for. I have tested at other firms with much more quality and I would add much more pay. Less

I got the same horrible paper test! What a way to be an example. The computer test was okay, it honestly didn’t seem like much of a test, but those timed ones were unprofessional. Less

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Fletchers Solicitors

I was asked Why I wanted the job, what 3 words would other people use to describe me and I was also asked how I would deal with a pressurised situation and to give an example of when I have had to do so previously.

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I have 20 years experience in establishing and working in clinical routine, molecular and biochemical genetic laboratory I want to close my lab in Iran due to political problems and come back to UK to my family in Cheshire Less

I had a lots of financial due to Iranian currency devaluation pressure in my newborn screening lab in Iran for two years and now I have to close the lab. Less

I had a lots of financial due to Iranian currency devaluation pressure in my newborn screening lab in Iran for two years and now I have to close the lab. Less

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Citi
Paralegal was asked...November 21, 2016

What do you do in your free time? Basically nothing substantive

4 Answers

Scrolling insta

watching horror movie or action movies

Interviewed 6 FAANG employees and got this: bit.ly/faang100

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JPMorgan Chase & Co

What experience do you have that is directly related to this position?

4 Answers

Investment banks and investment management. Unlimited coverage.

I have been in the legal service business for over 30 years.

I interned in my father’s law firm for two years during college, learning how to do legal research and writing. Less

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Wyndham Destinations

A little bit of everything, but definitely how to prioritize work when everyone wants something done immediately. Specific questions related to the duties and responsibilities of the job.

3 Answers

Stay calm and stay present.

Smile and get it done to the best of your ability.

Stay organized.

U.S. Bank
Paralegal was asked...September 3, 2018

Why US bank?

3 Answers

How did you apply in person??through website or reference?

Website

This is an interesting read: bit.ly/faang100

Akerman

They were very interested in what programs/software I have worked on.

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If you interview with them, be sure to recall what the names of the specific programs you have worked with. I recalled most of them, but not all (a couple of my firms changed software and I've had a few programs that I worked on under an as-needed basis). Less

Trust me you don't want to work there!

Why would someone not want to work there?

Toyota Material Handling

Do you have experience with e-discovery?

3 Answers

No

No

Not yet

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