in Careers Advice, Interviews

Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – Can you work under pressure?

A very common interview question and a fairly easy one to answer. There is only one answer of course which is yes as anyone who is unable to work under pressure is unlikely to get offered a job in any situation or profession. You can perhaps give specific examples of times when you have needed to work under pressure or give a general response with details of types of scenarios you face or have faced on a regular basis which involved working under pressure. The better option is to keep the answer fairly brief, perhaps make a general reference to the type of work you have undertaken and that it does involve a certain degree of pressure and if necessary or if asked to clarify give a specific example.

Examples of Answers

“Yes. As an architect I expect a certain amount of pressure, both in terms of completing projects on time, ensuring that I do not overspend on budgets and always providing excellent customer service. This invariably leads to pressure which I thrive on and it helps me produce better work in the long term.”


“Yes. In all of my posts there has been a certain amount of pressure and a specific example detailing the type of pressure I am regularly under is ….”


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