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Career Advice : How to Answer This Essential Interview Question?

Why Should We Hire You?

When interviewing for a new job, this is one of the most common questions you will get asked at some point in the interview process. It can also be one of the most difficult to answer.

The valid reasons for hiring you will often be varied depending on the role and organisation and every lawyer will have a different answer.

You will have to elaborate and give compelling arguments on your career choices and experience but is also essential to be able to explain what makes you a good lawyer and one that stands out from the competition.

Below, we have compiled three of the most important arguments to help you explain why you should be hired.

Problem Solving Skills

Lawyers are problem-solvers at heart. Whatever the context or problem in question, as a lawyer, you will be helping solve your clients’ problems. Strong commercial lawyers possess an inquisitive and analytical mind, in order to clearly define the issue and resolve it. A very common competency interview question will be one asking you to give examples of problem-solving ability and you should go into any interview prepared for questions of this nature.

Paying Attention to Detail 

Whether it’s checking for the correct use of language, legal fact-checking, or drafting important legal documents, paying attention to detail is essential for the modern-day lawyer.

Communicating with People

Throughout your career as a lawyer, you will meet clients from different fields, with different expectations and goals. In order to help your clients, you will have to express your ideas with ease, and be a great communicator at all times both externally and internally with colleagues and peers.

If you would like help to prepare for a legal interview, Thomson Legal can help. Get in touch to learn about the ways we can help legal candidates.

With 20 years’ experience placing lawyers with leading law firms and in-house legal teams in Scotland & Ireland, Thomson Legal is here to assist you in taking the next step in your legal career.

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