Asking open-ended question in interviews

Most attorneys probably understand that they should ask open-ended questions on direct examination.  During cross-examination, that is generally the time to ask leading questions.  The reality is that a job interview is much like a direct examination where open-ended questions are preferable. A good job interview consists of what, where, when, why and how questions.  The…

Experience versus personality in law firm hires?

In a previous blog entry, I discussed the importance of making experienced law firm hires.  Applicants who have experience, and experience in the areas of law in which your law firm practices, can have a positive impact on your law firm.  It is certainly helpful to have new employees who are able to hit the…

Order of making a law firm hire

Periodically, any law firm is going to have a job opening arise. In some cases, the position might be important and need to be filled in an expeditious manner. Making a good hire is critical to the success of the law firm. The better the hire that is made, the better it is for the…

Who do applicants want to impress with their performance?

When a law firm is interviewing applicants, these applicants are interested are likely in a job from the law firm.  They are likely looking to get opportunities, a paycheck, benefits and are looking to advance their career in some way.  In some ways, many of these applicants may be screening the law firm to see…

Having a no solicitation policy at your law firm

When you own a law firm, or are in management at a law firm, solicitations can end up taking a lot of your time.  You cannot blame individuals and companies for wanting to solicit and generate business.  For many individuals and companies, they are working off commissions/sales.  This makes soliciting business essential for their livelihood….

Unrealistic lawyer salary expectations

Many lawyers come out of law school with lofty expectations about starting salary.  For all of their hard work and efforts in law school, many new lawyers think that their life will be immediately profitable. Sometimes, law school career services data can lead them to believe this will be the case.  And, sometimes, the overall…

Job data regarding millennials

No matter what kind of law firm you are running, you are likely to receive applications from people looking for employment.  Many of these job applications are going to come from millennials. Millennials can have a lot to offer.  Being new in a career, and fresh out of college in certain instances, can result in some…

Hiring castoffs from competitors

Finding experienced law firm employees can be difficult in any law firm environment. No matter the area of law, almost every law firm is looking for employees with experience. Experience can help result in an easier transition. Employees that have experience can also hit the ground running. This is the thought at least. The reality, however, is…

Don’t hire friends or family

If you own a law firm, you might inevitably have friends or family ask for jobs at your law firm.  The thought is that this is a friend or family member.  They know you.  You know them.  That will equal trust.  And that trust will equal a great employment relationship. Even if friends and family…

Should we use a headhunter for job openings?

The larger the law firm you have, the more hiring needs you probably have.  From attorneys, paralegals and legal assistants, receptionists and other administrative staff, many law firms can have lots of employment needs. The task of completing legal work is likely the most important task in law firm.  For most law firms, there is…

Another job board law firms should consider

In a previous blog entry, I discussed the benefits of SmartRecruiters for law firm job postings.  SmartRecruiters is nifty because it allows law firms to get jobs posted on many different job boards at no cost.  Of course, through SmartRecruiters, law firms can boost different jobs to get them higher visibility in select job boards….

Newer attorneys likely aren’t staying long-term

If you are running a law firm, you may have hired a newer attorney at some point.  The hire often makes sense for a lot of law firms and solo practitioners. They need help because their law practice is busy.  On the other hand, the newer attorneys need experience and an income to pay their bills…