Monday, January 7, 2013

Common Interview Questions for Summer Clerk Positions


  1. What are your long-range and short-range goals and objectives? When and why did you establish these goals, and how are you preparing yourself to achieve them?
  2. Where do you see yourself three/five/ten years from now?
  3. How would you describe yourself?
  4. What qualifications do you have that make you think you will be a successful attorney?
  5. What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?
  6. What area(s) are you most interested in?
  7. What three things are most important to you in a job?
  8. In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
  9. Do you have a geographical preference and, if so, why?
  10. Why do you think you might like to live in the community in which our firm is located?
  11. What do you know about our firm?
  12. Why did you decide to seek a position with our firm?
  13. Why should I hire you? How can you make a contribution to our firm?
  14. What are your three main strengths? What are your three main weaknesses?
  15. Why did you go to law school?
  16. What law school courses have you liked most/least? Why?
  17. Are your grades an accurate indication of your talent/potential? Why/Why not?
  18. Why did you choose your law school?
  19. What have you learned from your participation in Law Review/Moot Court/Law Journal/Trial Advocacy/paid Law Clerk positions/Externship/volunteer work experience?
  20. How has your law school experience prepared you to work here?
  21. Have you interviewed with other firms? If so, where?
  22. Do you have other current job offers? If so, where?
  23. What do you like to do in your spare time?
  24. If you were going to do something other than practice law, what would you do? Why?
  25. Do you have questions about my firm that I can answer for you today? (Remember, the answer should never be "No.")