Key Questions to Ask

The following are types of questions to consider asking a prospective public interest employer. These kinds of questions should help you determine whether the job will be a good match for you. Important areas of inquiry include job responsibilities, substance of the work, nature of supervision, opportunities for training, type of work environment and future career potential. It is important to ask thoughtful questions as well as questions that are pertinent to the specific organization so that the employer knows that you are very interested in this particular job.

  • Could you tell me more about the areas of specialization?
  • On what kinds of cases or issues are you currently working?
  • How do you enjoy your work overall?
  • Could you tell me a little about how you came to work here?
  • What do you consider to be the greatest drawback of your job?
  • What kind of person is your office looking for in this position?
  • What personal attributes are required in order to do this type of work well?
  • Who would supervise my work?
  • How much direction/autonomy is there in this position?
  • What kind of training would I get?
  • How would you describe the work atmosphere here?
  • What kind of turnover has there been among staff attorneys?
  • What are sources of funding?
  • What are your greatest challenges for the coming year?
  • What is the office's history of hiring summer interns into full-time positions?
  • What are your expectations for the person hired into this position?
  • What have people who worked here gone on to do?
Last modified: September 04, 2014

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