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Interview Question – if you did not have to work, what would you do?

This is quite an easy question to answer as to a certain extent it has no hidden agenda, unlike a lot of questions, and does not leave you open to too much cross examination.

One thing to be aware of is that if you come up with “I’d travel the world as I have a real interest in travelling and I hope to do this one day for an extended period” type of answer, you may get a very quick response from a partner asking you to clarify your commitment to a legal career. Similarly a response such as “I’d like to be a kissagram or pole dancer” may not go down too well. However something relatively jocular such as “I would buy an island and go and sit on it” would be OK, or “I would like to be a well known philanthropist” would be fine. I suspect some firms would also welcome the answer “I enjoy my work and would be quite happy to continue”.

A question in summary that you can enjoy answering, and not have to think too much about it!

Author: Jonathan Fagan MIRP MAC Cert RP LLM Solicitor (non-practising) – Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment ( – save time, skip the legal job boards and register with us!  Jonathan Fagan is a specialist legal recruitment consultant, author of the Complete Guide to Writing a Legal CV and the Guide to Interviews for Lawyers. He has recruited for law firms across the UK and overseas in all shapes and sizes. If you have any questions that we have not covered above, please email us at

Jonathan Fagan

Jonathan Fagan LLM FIRP is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. He has been recruiting solicitors and legal support staff for law firms and in house legal departments for over 20 years and handles roles from junior fee earners through to partners and law firm sales/purchases. A non-practising solicitor on the Roll since 2000, he is also the author of a number of legal career books, which are available at You can contact Jonathan at