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Got invited to the second and final interview for the Deputy at112002/17/18
Questions like: "where do you see yourself in 10 years" Answ ambulancechaser201302/18/18
Before the interview familiarize yourself with transportatio genylawyer02/19/18
This is the worst thing you can do. The people interviewi passportfan302/19/18
at1120 (Feb 17, 2018 - 7:01 pm)

Got invited to the second and final interview for the Deputy Attorney position at Caltrans in LA. Was told that the head of litigation would interview me. They asked a bunch of questions regarding my past experience in the first interview so I don't think they would ask the same in the second interview. So I'm wondering what they would ask me. The interview with the litigation head can be formality, but it may not so I want to be prepared. If anyone has any ideas/thoughts/inputs, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

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ambulancechaser2013 (Feb 18, 2018 - 6:07 pm)

Questions like: "where do you see yourself in 10 years" Answer is "with Caltrans" of course

Question: Why do you want to work for the government?
Answer: Coming from a firm environment, I desire to transition away from a bill by the hour litigation style and be able to focus more on substantive work that is available in a government in house position.

Question: What do you like about the litigation we do here?
Answer: Tailor your experience to their practice area.

Question: What do you for fun?
Answer: [what I would say] I run every other day, swim and enjoy hiking in Los Angeles.

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genylawyer (Feb 19, 2018 - 7:50 pm)

Before the interview familiarize yourself with transportation laws and regulations that affect Caltrans. On Lexis or Westlaw look up representative cases involving injury lawsuits, construction/procurement vendor disputes, employment law litigation etc. Read the cases and get a sense of what the job entails. In your interview, casually name drop the statutes and legal issues they see. Good luck!

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passportfan3 (Feb 19, 2018 - 10:47 pm)

This is the worst thing you can do.

The people interviewing you will know the applicable law 1000x better. You will come across like a smoke-blowing phony.

Focus on anything else: your work ethic, your experience, your love of government.

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