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by Vault Law Editors | September 25, 2019


There is one question you can always expect during your legal job interview: Do you have any questions for me? Preparing thoughtful, well-researched questions for this part of your interview is a great way to show your interest in the legal employer and that you have done your homework. But there are certain questions that should never be asked or should be asked only at appropriate times (such as after you receive a job offer). Below are some questions to avoid during your next job interview.

Questions You Should Never Ask:

  • Basic questions that could be answered if you had conducted research on the firm’s website or via other sources
  • Questions pertaining to confidential issues between a firm and its clients 
  • Questions about firm or company scandals and/or gossip
  • Questions about scandals and/or gossip relating to other firms/companies, lawyers, or law schools
  • Questions about your interviewer's personal life (e.g., questions about their married life, religious observances, children, etc.)

Questions You Should Only Ask After You Receive a Job Offer:

  • Questions about salary, benefits, vacation time, leave policy, and billable hours
  • Questions that request special treatment if you’re hired (asking for time off for a nonrefundable vacation, upcoming wedding, etc.) 

Remember, a job interview is where you will make your first impression. Show the employer that you have good judgment in your questions and have done your research.

This post is based on an article from Vault Career Guide to Law, Second Edition. To read the full guide, click here.