Legal Counsel Interview Questions

These Legal Counsel interview questions provide a snapshot of what type of questions to ask in order to assess the skills, approach, and knowledge required for the profile. Similar designations include Audit Manager, Senior Auditor, Compliance Auditor, Audit Supervisor and Staff Auditor.


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Legal Counsel Interview Questions

A Legal Counsel is a professional who gives advice and deals with various issues, especially in legal matters. They may have a degree in Corporate Law, an experience of working in-house or currently working with a law firm. Once hired, Legal Counsel will be mainly responsible for managing all the legal issues in your company. They will protect your company’s reputation by ensuring that you don’t face any legal difficulties. They will also help you during legal crises.

Emphasize on recruiting the most skilled and knowledgeable candidate, especially if you are already in a serious legal trouble or considering an important structural change (like going public, acquisitions). Ask as many questions as you want in order to understand their skills and what they can do for your company. Ask questions related to litigation experience or industry-specific regulatory.

Like always, the questions asked by the candidates will help you know more about their knowledge and approach. An ideal candidate will ask relevant and smart questions and will be confident during the interview.

Role-specific questions

  • Why do you want to work for our company?
  • What do you aim to achieve by working with us?
  • What training or experience has prepared you for this job role?
  • Tell me about an accomplishment that you are most proud of. Define success.
  • Have you ever felt the need to contact outside counsel? What challenges did you face and was the result?
  • What types of situations demand outside counsel?
  • What is the most difficult legal situation you have ever faced? How did you resolve it?
  • In reference to the previous question, who else was involved in the project? What was your role?
  • Tell me about a situation where you regretted your approach. What should you have done differently?
  • How do you handle stress?
  • How open are you to constructive criticism?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to prioritize conflicting deadlines. What was your thought process?
  • What would be your work plan during your first week in this job?