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Of course, there could be tough questions that you cannot reasonably expect and prepare for. One example of this is the classic “oddball” question. Imagine if you were asked, as I once was in a law firm interview: “If you were stranded on a desert island for a year, and could take three people with you, who would they be?” Regardless of what the unforeseen question it is, however, this is a good time to show off your improvisational skills. It is also helpful to remember is your “key themes.” These are the important points about yourself that you are seeking to make to the firm whenever you get the chance. Examples include that you are a brilliant writer, a hard worker, a team player, etc. Falling back on your key themes can be effective in answering the unanticipated question because it moves the conversation back to the real world, while making a positive point about yourself as a bonus. Another way to bring the conversation back to where it belongs is to give the best short answer you can, and then follow up with a fully relevant question that makes you look smart and well-prepared. The partner just may remember your smart question better than the not-so-smart question that came before it.
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