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1) i have been working as a paralegal for the last 10 months through an agency that specializes in the legal field.
2) i was commended on my ability to take information and break it down into usable facts.
3) i am looking for a position where my research and writing skills can be used.
4) flexibility would certainly rank high in this type of job.
5) i made sure each of them felt like his or her project was important on my agenda.
6) it was very rewarding to have put so much effort into a project and see the really great results.
7) my boss was impressed with the work i had done.
8) i did have an issue with someone who was getting on my nerves.
9) my biggest satisfaction is when i experience growth in a job.
10) i put a lot of effort into my education as a paralegal and take it seriously.
i: let's begin by having you tell me about yourself and your background.
a: i have been working as a paralegal for the last 10 months through an agency that specializes in the legal field. my experience has been supporting attorneys in the field of labor law, where i have been able to apply my paralegal education. i was commended on my ability to take information and break it down into usable facts. i really love research and analyzing facts. my major in college was english, and as a result, my writing skills are my major strength. i am looking for a position where my research and writing skills can be used.
i: what do you think are the key qualities needed to succeed in the paralegal profession?
a: flexibility would certainly rank high in this type of job. in my last position, i supported four lawyers, and it was not unusual for them all to give me high-priority items to do in the same day or week. there were days when i had to stop and prioritize my work just to get a handle on everything. i would discuss the urgency of their work with each of them so i didn抰 drop the ball. at the same time, i made sure each of them felt like his or her project was important on my agenda. i think communication is probably the next key quality. it really worked well when i talked with each of them, explained my situation, and got their input.
i: can you give me an example of a time when you had to work above and beyond your job description?
a: there was a very important project that had to be researched and completed by the end of the week. even though i worked extra hours every night for almost two weeks, my boss and i stayed until 2 a.m. for two nights before the final wrap up. it was very rewarding to have put so much effort into a project and see the really great results. my boss gave me a bonus for my extra effort.
i: tell me about a time when you had to research a case and encountered some obstacles you had to overcome.
a: i remember a case that was filled with obstacles. the first thing i did was research through documents and past cases that had similar circumstances. i assembled the facts and then tried to put them together and analyze the next step. i was able to get some input from another lawyer i happened to see at lunch. through some hard work and fact digging, i was able to find a way to overcome most of the obstacles. i took my findings to my boss and made some recommendations, which she and i discussed and eventually resolved. my boss was impressed with the work i had done.
i: what are your strengths and weaknesses?
a: my strengths are my caring about getting the job done. i am very results-driven and have been able to meet all my deadlines in past jobs. as far as weaknesses, i really enjoy my work, and sometimes i put in too much time. but i am aware of my tendency to overwork and have learned to pace myself more.
i: tell me about a time when you had a confrontation with a coworker or boss.
a: i did have an issue with someone who was getting on my nerves. i asked her if i could talk with her one day, and we had a good discussion. it turned out she was not aware of the impact of her actions and that she really needed an explanation of the procedure. i took the time to explain the procedures, and there haven抰 been any problems since that day.
i: when do you find a job satisfying?
a: my biggest satisfaction is when i experience growth in a job. when i first started as a paralegal, i had a lot to learn. but through hard work, advice from some good mentors and continuing education, i have come a long way. i've learned to be flexible when possible and to deal with difficult people in a positive manner.
i: how would your coworkers describe you?
a: first, they'll say i have a lot of energy and enthusiasm. i really enjoy working with people. secondly, they'll say i had great customer service skills. i put the customer first. and thirdly, they'll say that i know the law. i put a lot of effort into my education as a paralegal and take it seriously.
i: do you have any questions?
a: yes, i do. on a scale of one to 10, what would you say morale was in this company?