Handling Legal Gotcha Questions

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Summary: Interview gotcha questions are potential landmines in outing you as a poor candidate. They are also great opportunities for spotlighting you as the best candidate. Anticipating and preparing for these questions will give you an edge in your interview.
Handling Legal Gotcha Questions
  • Gotcha questions are the worst questions to field when in law firm interview.
  • Gotcha questions can be random, grossly unrelated, and downright unfair, causing you to suddenly struggle during your interview.
  • The thing is, you’re still going to be asked gotcha questions, and you better have the correct answers.

Having an interview in the morning is a sure way to lose some sleep. Even the most confident of us are wary that things might go contrary to expectations. Wouldn’t it be nice if some angel whispered the right answers to each question while we were interviewed? The next best solution is anticipation. Those pesky gotcha questions, where you don’t know what to say, stutter, hem-haw, and get that sinking feeling that there is nothing you can say – a little preparation can take such stumbling blocks and turn them into stepping stones. For as surely as they could trip you up, they are also an opportunity for your shine where you competition fell.

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