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Paralegal Assistant was asked...July 2, 2013

If you could be any tree, what kind of tree would you be?

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The Tree of Life


Jones Walker

The interviewer asked if I had children.

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That question is illegal and next time if asked tell them they are not allowed to ask you that question. Less

I answered yes, but felt it was inappropriate. I did not give the interviewer any indication that it was a problem. Less


Tell me about your previous employment and what are you looking for in your next position?

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Hello, as an MS employee I have created an interview prep guide for Microsoft interviews, based on my and my colleagues' recent interview experiences. The guide has questions you should expect along with our answers that got us into Microsoft. You can find it here: (please do not forget to also look at the reviews at the bottom of that page). Thanks! Ryan Less

There are Microsoft employees giving tips on blind for the interviews. Less

We pay OT but the job doesn't require it and the firm doesn't expect it but would you be willing to work OT when necessary, such as preparing for trial?

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Yes. It turned out that OT was expected but not always paid.

Executive Office for United States Attorneys

What would my employer say about me if they called for a reference?

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They would probably say I am a team player with strong detailing skills

What can I do for the company?

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I can put my knowledge and practice that I’ve done to a beneficial purpose for the company. Less

Bennett Jones LLP

One interview question really stood out for me though and I found the question to be very telling of the office's culture. I was asked: What is the first thing you do in the morning when you get to work?

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I began by answering that I turn on my computer, start pulling the files diarized for that day, perform tasks on those files that I know need to be done, and then give the files to the lawyer so that he can give instructions to me on any additional work that he wants done. I thought that was a good answer as it showed that I take the initiative, but the office manager wasn't satisfied. What else do I do first thing in the morning, I was asked. Somewhat puzzled by the question, I added that I check my messages and take a look at the lawyer's schedule for that particular day so that I am aware which clients are coming into the office that day. This time, the office manager clarified the question by asking: What else do I do FOR THE LAWYER first thing in the morning? Still puzzled, I was at a loss for what to add. Incredulously the office manager then said: "So, you don't bring him a cup of coffee first thing in the morning?" I'm pretty sure that I had a hard time hiding what I was thinking (which was, he can get his own d**n coffee). I found the question to be insulting. After all, I didn't apply for a waitressing job. I have exceptionally high legal skills but the office manager wasn't interested in that. No! What was important was whether or not I bring a cup of coffee to the lawyer first thing in the morning. I decided then and there that this is a law firm that I am NOT interested in working for. Less

The Morgan Law Group

Am I a notary ?

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I had my notary back in NY however I do not have the Florida one yet

Stewart J. Guss

How would you handle a disgruntled client ?

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Customer is always right

Brock & Scott, PLLC

Can you type?

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I don't know my exact WPM, but I am an experienced typist. Her response: we don't need WPM, as long as you can turn it on and you're not a pecker, we can work with it. I internally giggled. Less

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