Common Interview Questions

Here are some common questions the Interviewee will ask you:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why are you interested in this firm?
  • Why are you interested in X city?
  • Why did you go to law school?
  • Why did you go to law school at Washington University / in St. Louis?
  • What have you liked most / least about law school? Favorite courses?
  • How has law school been better / worse / different than you expected?
  • How do you think you have changed personally since starting law school?
  • What would you say are your greatest strengths / weaknesses?
  • What is the most useful criticism you have received, from whom, and how did you handle it?
  • What are you looking for in a law firm? Legal employer? Summer program?
  • What achievements do you look back on with pride? Why?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • We work on a team here. Give me an example of a successful team experience you have had? An unsuccessful one? What did you learn from each experience?
  • Tell me about your job last summer.
  • I see you are fluent in French. Ditez-moi, . . . .
  • I am interested in the thesis you wrote on . . . . . . what were your principal conclusions?
  • Where do you see yourself 5/10/15 years from now?
  • Why did you choose Washington University over X (local school they went to)?
  • What are your outside interests / activities?