I: Let's begin by having you tell me about yourself and your background.
A: I have been working as a paralegal for the last 10 months through an
agency that specializes in the legal field. My experience has been supporting
attorneys in the field of labor law, where I have been able to apply my
paralegal education. I was commended on my ability to take information and break
it down into usable facts. I really love research and analyzing facts. My major
in college was English, and as a result, my writing skills are my major
strength. I am looking for a position where my research and writing skills can
I: What do you think are the key qualities needed to succeed in the paralegal
A: Flexibility would certainly rank high in this type of job. In my last
position, I supported four lawyers, and it was not unusual for them all to give
me high-priority items to do in the same day or week. There were days when I had
to stop and prioritize my work just to get a handle on everything. I would
discuss the urgency of their work with each of them so I didn't drop the ball.
At the same time, I made sure each of them felt like his or her project was
important on my agenda. I think communication is probably the next key quality.
It really worked well when I talked with each of them, explained my situation,
and got their input.
I: Can you give me an example of a time when you had to work above and beyond
your job description?
A: There was a very important project that had to be researched and completed
by the end of the week. Even though I worked extra hours every night for almost
two weeks, my boss and I stayed until 2 a.m. for two nights before the final
wrap up. It was very rewarding to have put so much effort into a project and see
the really great results. My boss gave me a bonus for my extra effort.
I: Tell me about a time when you had to research a case and encountered some
obstacles you had to overcome.
A: I remember a case that was filled with obstacles. The first thing I did
was to research through documents and past cases that had similar circumstances.
I assembled the facts and then tried to put them together and analyze the next
step. I was able to get some input from another lawyer I happened to see at
lunch. Through some hard work and fact digging, I was able to find a way to
overcome most of the obstacles. I took my findings to my boss and made some
recommendations, which she and I discussed and eventually resolved. My boss was
impressed with the work I had done.
I: What are your strengths and weaknesses?
A: My strengths are my caring about getting the job done. I am very
results-driven and have been able to meet all my deadlines in past jobs. As far
as weaknesses, I really enjoy my work, and sometimes I put in too much time. But
I am aware of my tendency to overwork and have learned to pace myself more.
I: Tell me about a time when you had a confrontation with a coworker or boss.
A: I did have an issue with someone who was getting on my nerves. I asked her
if I could talk with her one day, and we had a good discussion. It turned out
she was not aware of the impact of her actions and that she really needed an
explanation of the procedure. I took the time to explain the procedures, and
there haven't been any problems since that day.
When do you find a job satisfying?
A: My biggest satisfaction is when I experience growth in a job. When I first
started as a paralegal, I had a lot to learn. But through hard work, advice from
some good mentors and continuing education, I have come a long way. I have
learned to be flexible when possible and to deal with difficult people in a
I: How would your coworkers describe you?
A: First, they'll say I have a lot of energy and enthusiasm. I really enjoy
working with people. Secondly, they'll say I had great customer service skills.
I put the customer first. And thirdly, they'll say that I know the law. I put a
lot of effort into my education as a paralegal and take it seriously.
I: Do you have any questions?
A: Yes, I do. On a scale of one to 10, what would you say the morale was in
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