One of the questions I receive quite often from attorneys I am working with is whether or not they should talk about other interviews while they are interviewing with a law firm.

A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes
One of the questions I receive quite often from attorneys I am working with is whether or not they should talk about other interviews while they are interviewing with a law firm. Let me emphasize one thing: This is one of the more important questions you will ever be asked in an interview. Regardless of your qualifications, how you respond to this question will have a direct bearing on whether or not you receive an offer from the law firm asking you this question. Be very careful as to how you answer this question.

At the outset, it is important to point out that you do not have to answer this question but should. This question will also often not be asked. Indeed, it is my opinion that this question is entirely inappropriate. In no instance should you even volunteer this information unless you are asked. The problem is that if you are asked this question you will look bad if you refuse to answer it. Not answering the question gives the employer the impression that you will similarly "hide the ball" when you are working for them. It also does not do much to assist you in establishing a bond of trust, empathy and understanding with potential new employer. Therefore, it is my opinion that his question must be answered. There are two important rules you must keep in mind when answering this question.