We asked attorneys in the United States what key questions the interviewer should ask when hiring a litigation attorney
. As you can see from our responses, most hiring attorneys have a standard list of questions they ask to determine if the candidate is qualified for the position, but they are different for every firm. We hope you benefit from and enjoy their responses. A few attorneys also wrote in with questions that a client should ask a potential litigator before using them, which could also prove very helpful if you find yourself needing legal representation.
When interviewing potential hires
, I focus on asking about experience. I first start by asking questions like "What is the address to the [local] Courthouse? " "How do you get a motion heard in Superior, Federal Court?"
Then, depending on the experience of the position we are looking to fill, I will propose hypotheticals regarding discovery disputes, depositions or trial practice and see how they respond. This would include questions like "What is the best way to secure the deposition of the corporate risk manager?", "How would you handle a discovery dispute over client records?", or "How would you respond to this motion in limine?"
As a litigator, it is important to ensure the candidate is intelligent, willing to think outside the box and has the right work ethic. Additional questions addressing these issues must also be asked, but in a way that allows for the candidate to respond. Yes or no questions do not help to ascertain whether the candidate is the correct fit.
-Peter C. Bowman
Pavano & van der Werff
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