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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – Are you Competitive?


This again is a question that almost requires you to say yes.  If you say no it almost indicates that you really don’t care about your work or your activities. You are the type of person who is happy just to turn up to work each day and sit at a desk for 8 hours before going home and not really bothered about what happens whilst you are there.

It may be worthwhile giving a response linked to sport or outdoor activities to ensure you keep away from the workplace. There are also jobs or instances when a competitive nature is not particularly encouraged.  For example if you are looking for someone to work as an administrator or in a relatively junior position without prospects of promotion, then as an employer you may be looking for someone who is not competitive and who would be happy to turn up and work day in day out in the same role.

Examples of Answers

“Yes.  I have played squash at a competitive level for the past 5 years and compete regularly in the North Hertfordshire league.  I play to win and perform to my best levels, and this provides me with the drive to achieve my goals.”


“Yes.  I regularly play sport of different kinds and always aim to win.  I enjoy winning and achieving my goals and this provides me with the impetus I need on a daily basis to do my job and in my personal life”


“No.  I have never been competitive particularly and just enjoy competing in whatever I do. If I win then I am pleased but similarly if I have lost I am simply glad to have taken part in whatever I have done.”

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