15+ TOP Paralegal Interview Questions & Answers
1. What Is A Paralegal?
The term Paralegal can have multiple meanings in different countries . For this reason there is sometimes confusion when it comes to defining what one actually is.
A term closely related to the term Paralegal is Legal assistant. The problem with grouping them together is, that a Paralegal is often a more qualified Legal assistant.
2. What are the main job duties and responsibilities of paralegal and legal assistant employee?
paralegal and legal assistant responsibilities are to prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing system; prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements; meet with clients and other professionals to discuss details of case; gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents; prepare for trial by performing tasks such as organizing exhibits; file pleadings with court clerk; direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas; investigate facts and law of cases and search pertinent sources, such as public records, to determine causes of action and to prepare cases; call upon witnesses to testify at hearing; appraise and inventory real and personal property for estate planning; arbitrate disputes between parties and assist in the real estate closing process, such as by reviewing title searches; keep and monitor legal volumes to ensure that law library is up-to-date.
3. What are the skills required for paralegal and legal assistant employee in order to success in his work?
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents, Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times, Talking to others to convey information effectively, Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience, Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
4. describe the abilities you have in order to work with us as paralegal and legal assistant?
I have the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences, communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand, read and understand information and ideas presented in writing, communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand, see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
5. What are the knowledge elements you obtained from your education, training and work experience would support your paralegal and legal assistant career?
The Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar, laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process, administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology, circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming, principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
6. How would you describe (needed paralegal and legal assistant or your) work style?
My work style matching exactlty what cashier job requires by: being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks, being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude, being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations, being honest and ethical, a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
7. How much experience do you have conducting legal research?
Give the interviewer a sense of the breadth of your experience in research. But then go into detail about researching certain major topics you might have done the most. Even if the topic of research turns out not to be what they are looking for, the interviewer will see that you command the research techniques required for any subject.
8. Did you ever represent a case in court or provide legal consultations?
Paralegals are strictly forbidden to do any of the above. Say so straight away, but do not feel you need to justify yourself. The question is meant to probe your composure – an important aspect of any legal position.
9. Are you computer literate? What is your proficiency with computer software?
Lawyers do use computers. Paralegals are not required to have any special expertise in the field, but should be able to use basic tools like Word and Office, send emails, and use the internet.
10. Tell me about interpersonal communication in relation to the position you are seeking.
Lawyers and paralegals have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. They communicate amongst themselves, with associated professionals, and with clients, with optimal efficiency regarding speed and quality of information. They establish trust and respect.
11. What are your personal qualifications which make you right for the job?
As a paralegal, you will not only need legal expertise. Legal assistants are extremely organized, precise, and punctual. They are able to handle documents masterfully. Their verbal and written communications are expert.
12. What skills are most important for a Paralegal?
When answering this question you will need to include some of the following:
Organization and planning, research and analytical skills, writing skills, judgment and decision-making skills, attention to detail, strong communication skills, patience and perseverance, confidentiality and sensitivity.
13. What tools does a Paralegal need for organising and planning day to day?
The things you should tell the interviewer are as follows:
The systems you use to keep your self organized.
How you prioritise your workload
The way you plan and shedule your work
How you are able to keep focused throughout any conflicts and time limitations.
You can also tell the interviewer about any computer software you have used, such as Lexis/Nexis, Concordance, CaseMap.
14. Tell me about a recent complex legal decision that you had to make, and the process you used to make a decision?
It’s a paralegals job to make clear coherent decision independently. This includes getting all the required information and essential facts. It’s then the paralegals job to choose the best alternative decision, while focusing on a logical and systematic decision-making process.
15. How have you dealt with confidential and sensitive information in the past?
It’s essential that a Paralegal shows a lot of diplomacy, when using and dealing with sensitive and confidential information. You will need to provide a specific time when you done so.