This same point is made in another article by Debra Cassens Weiss in the ABA Journal which describes changes in interview techniques used by law firms with fewer job openings. The article says that more senior interviewers are using behavioral questions to learn more about students’ personalities. The interviews begin with question such as “Tell me about a time” or “Give me an example of a time." The article describes the techniques that law firms to identify four behavior patterns:
- Decision-making and problem-solving skills. An interviewer might ask: Tell me about a difficult decision you had to make.
- Motivation. An interviewer might ask: Tell me about a time when you failed to meet expectations.
- Communication and interpersonal skills. An interviewer might ask: Describe an unpopular decision you made and how you dealt with the aftermath.
- Planning and organization. An interviewer might ask: Tell me about a time when you were too busy and had to prioritize your tasks.
Brooklyn Law School's On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) Program has a number of videos that are accessible through SARA the online catalog including among others Student Advice about OCI Interviewing 08.