You snooze, you lose: Consideration of job offers

When law firms have job openings, lots of candidates are usually out there.  After all, it’s still a tough economy in a lot of ways.  And if you are proactively posting jobs, there are often lots of attorneys and paralegals/legal assistants, and other administrative professionals, looking for employment. Hopefully, if you are hiring, you are…

Overly Ambitious Law Firm Applicants

During the hiring and recruitment process, one of the common topics that can come out in an interview is the goals of the applicant. “What are their short-term goals?” “What are their long-term goals?” These are normally important questions that come up in the hiring process. Law firm applicants can generally answer these questions in…

Does Turnover in a Law Firm Matter?

One of the most common questions many have about the nature of law firm business is whether employee turnover matters.  This is a common question and one that many ask.  The reality is that in the law firm world, and most other industries, people can come and go.  Does turnover in a law firm matter?…

Class and diplomacy when talking about prior employment

During law firm interviews, the issue of past employment is a common topic.  The applicant might talk about their past jobs in terms of what they liked and what they didn’t like.  They might also talk about why they are seeking a new opportunity. By the same token, this is often an area of interest…

Do the interviewing versus being interviewed

If you are hiring at your law firm, it is critical that you hire the best applicants.  The hiring decisions your firm makes can make or break your law firm.  After all, the hiring decisions you make will directly contribute the quality of legal services your firm provides.  It will contribute also contribute to the…

What Cardinals’ baseball can teach you about running a law firm

After the 2011 season, the St. Louis Cardinals had a big decision to make.  They had to decide whether to sign Albert Pujols to a long-term and expensive contract or ultimately let him walk because: (a) the price was too high when compared to the impact they thought he’d provide for the team based on…

Humble and hardworking

Lots of law firms wonder what traits they should look for in a law firm employee. No matter whether it’s an attorney, paralegal, receptionist or other administrative staff member, the question is an important one. Some law firms really look at academics and grades. They want employees who had the highest grades and who ranked…

Some keys to law firm recruiting

Filling open positions at a law firm is an important task.  Based not the position, there can often be an abundance of resumes.  The ability to sort through the resumes, get candidates in and screen them quickly is an important component of the hiring process. Of course, the process can often work quite differently based…

Where to post law firm job postings?

If you have a law firm with job openings, the question of where to post jobs is one many law firm owners ask.  Lots of law firms have no idea where to post their openings. In terms of your law firm, you want the best talent possible.  This is why it is vital to get…

There is no “I” in teamwork

When attorneys decide what employees to hire, it is important to remember that there is no “I” in teamwork.  The same is generally true as it relates to what employees to retain or promote. Far too many interviewees will turn basic job interview questions about themselves (versus explaining what they would add to the team)….

I don’t want to be micromanaged

Interviewing and screening applicants is one of the most important jobs of any law firms. The talent that any attorney, or law firm, surrounds itself with has a great deal to do with the overall success of the organization.

Unfortunately, many law firms don’t have a list in their head of answers of answers that should effectively end the interview. Instead, most law firm the lesson the hard way by hiring individuals that say things that should disqualify them.