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Sidley Austin Legal Assistant Interview Questions

Updated Apr 12, 2017
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Legal Assistant Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Declined Offer
Neutral Experience
Average Interview

Interview

The interview lasted about 30 minutes. Where they discussed your basic interview questions and asked you ability to do the role. One thing they stressed in this interview was the ability to follow instructions and not change processes. Which sounds like an easy thing in the interview but this becomes difficult when you do not feel you have any freedom to work in a way you find most efficient. However overall a simple interview.

Interview Questions

  • How do you organize a lot of different tasks and their priority?   Answer Question

Other Interview Reviews for Sidley Austin

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    Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Sidley Austin (New York, NY).

    Interview

    I applied right out of college and through a career fair for recent graduates. I was interviewed by hiring coordinator at the career fair, very general questions. After, I was then interviewed at firm with three associates.

    Interview Questions


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    Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Sidley Austin.

    Interview

    I went to a college Job Fair and interviewed with the legal manager for approximately 20 minutes. My second Interview was with multiple associates in person at the office.

    Interview Questions

  3.  

    Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Sidley Austin (New York, NY) in February 2014.

    Interview

    Came into the office and met with the paralegal supervisor and HR representative to go over certain paperwork. Then, according to a prearranged schedule, met with multiple attorneys within the practice group one on one in their office. Asked very standard, behavior/background questions. No prior knowledge assumed. Asked about interests/hobbies. Very much concerned with fit.
    Certain attorneys were clearly very relaxed and concerned more with seeing personality - others were more concerned with academic/extracurricular qualifications and ability to manage the demands of the position.

    Interview Questions

    • How comfortable do you feel juggling multiple assignments?   Answer Question

  4. Helpful (2)  

    Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Sidley Austin (New York, NY) in August 2013.

    Interview

    Pleasant, not by the book interview with several attorneys, who would become members of the group I would be working with. Asked various questions about experience, likes or dislikes, etc.

    Interview Questions


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    Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Sidley Austin (New York, NY) in January 2013.

    Interview

    Very direct and simplistic questions; seems they have already vetted you before you entered the room. Just be yourself, keep the conversation casual and professional, and the job should be yours.

    Interview Questions

    • They specifically asked about internship particulars -- so be prepared.   1 Answer

  6. Helpful (4)  

    Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Sidley Austin (New York, NY) in August 2011.

    Interview

    Applied for job via university's job board and was immediately contacted by someone in Human Resources. I came in the next morning for an early morning interview that took between 2-3 hours. I met with HR first, then was interviewed by (in order) an a) HR staff member that hired the 30+ legal assistants at Sidley b) 3 legal assistants c) an attorney d) another attorney. I signed a few papers before the interview. I did not receive an offer, but I was clearly hesitant about the job as the legal assistants were very informative and honest (most disliked the long hours and redundancy).

    Interview Questions

    • Considering the long hours, repetitive work, and the fact that you are doing everything the lawyers would rather not do, why do you want the job?   Answer Question

  7. Helpful (1)  

    Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Sidley Austin (New York, NY) in September 2008.

    Interview

    I, like most of the other legal assistants in my practice group, was brought in through a staffing company. My interview was in person with the paralegal manager, followed by the other legal assistants in the practice group. I also met with one of the attorneys in the practice group, followed by one of the partners in the practice group. I was asked questions related to my education, related experience, professional interests and hobbies.

    Interview Questions

    • The partner asked me questions about specific movies, and I had no idea what the answers were. I got the impression he was trying to gauge personality more than anything, and I got the job so I don't know that my lack of knowledge of those particular movies carried any real weight.   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (3)  

    Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Sidley Austin in November 2010.

    Interview

    Went through HR to take a skills test before even getting an interview. After the skills exam you meet with individuals in the group that you could possibly be working with for multiple one on one interviews. After interviews you get an offer contingent on successful background check. The entire process took a full month!

    Interview Questions


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