12 Tips for a Successful JUDICIAL INTERVIEW


Interview is the most significant assessment from among all the tests conducted to gauge the aptitude and abilities of a candidate for the post he aspires to be posted at. It is the part of exam that determines the candidate’s future. It is important to note that interview preparation is inextricably linked with your knowledge of law as well as current affairs.

Requisites of A good interview

Following are the major requisites of an impressive interview:

  1. It is said that first impressions are the most lasting; so do put on a professional business suit. Girls should be neatly dressed and they should avoid wearing too much jewellery or excessive makeup. Do remember that not only your knowledge but your whole personality will be judged by the interviewing panel.
  2. Face the panel and confidently say, “Good day Sir/Madam.”
  3. The Interviewers normally pay more attention to a candidate who displays an enthusiasm in whatever (s)he says. This enthusiasm comes natural while you put forward your viewpoint. You should maintain a cheerful disposition during the interview.
  4. Shakespeare said, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” It is actually the most impressive skill of a good communicator. So, always present your views in a lucid manner while being to-the-point throughout the interview. A talkative or verbose person is instantly disliked by the interviewers.
  5. If you do not know the answer to a question, never ever try to bluff as it will be counterproductive. The interviewers respect integrity and honesty of the interviewees.
  6. Mostly, interviews continue for the whole day, leading to fatigued minds. A little humour as a starter will make the environment favourable for you. However, avoid humour if you are not good at it.
  7. Overconfidence is often misinterpreted by the interviewees as arrogance. Polite statements are always recommended.
  8. Playing with your necktie, shaking legs or sitting with arms slung over back of adjoining chair must be avoided.
  9. Always maintain eye contact with the panellists all along the interview. This evinces your self-confidence and honesty. Many interviewees, while answering, tend to look away. This conveys you are concealing your own anxiety, fear and lack of confidence.
  10. It is imperative to listen carefully to the questions. If you find a question vague, do seek clarification on the same. Seeking a clarification is far better than giving an irrelevant answer.
  11. Many interviewees adopt a stance that is not in consonance with their personality traits. It is amusing for interviewers when a candidate launches into an accent which he or she cannot sustain consistently throughout the interview. Do remember that the interviewers appreciate a natural person rather than an actor.
  12. When the interview is over, the panellists would most probably wish you luck. Say a word of thanks to them and leave respectfully. There is no requirement to shake hands. It’s a formal day and should be treated as such.

Important Questions

Some significant questions for judicial interview are as under:

Personality-related Questions

  • Gentleman, please introduce yourself.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Tell us something about your family background?
  • Why did you choose practice in civil/ criminal field?
  • Why do you consider yourself suitable for this job?

Law-related Questions

  • Who can arrest under section 151 CrPC?
  • In whom the power of arrest is vested under section 107 CrPC?
  • What provisions deal with trial before Magistrate?
  • Under what provision a Magistrate and a Sessions Judge may acquit the accused at any stage of the trial?
  • On what grounds bail can be granted or refused?
  • What is the applicability of 22A CPC?
  • What is the meaning of ‘want of jurisdiction’?
  • What is the writ of mandamus?
  • What do you know about writ of certiorari?
  • What is the writ of Quo warranto?
  •  What is the writ of habeas corpus?
  • Who are testator and legatee?
  • What is the rule of primogenitor?
  • What is rule of spes-succession?
  • What are Concurrent Powers of the Supreme Court and High Courts?
  • When interlocutory order can be passed?
  • When review can be rejected?
  • Who is the executive head of the government in Pakistan?
  • Who is the head of the state in Pakistan?
  • What is the option of puberty?
  • What is Rule of Law?
  • Can written statement be considered plaint?
  • Which article of constitution of Pakistan deals with impeachment of the president?
  • Who is “Judgment-debtor”?
  • What do you know about Mesne profits?
  • How judiciary can be made independent?
  • What are the fundamental rights in the Constitution  of Pakistan 1973?
  • Elaborate the concept of judicial activism?
  • What is the difference between decree and order?
  • What is pecuniary jurisdiction of judges?
  • What is first information report (FIR)?
  • What is the difference between complaint and FIR?
  • How will you define retracted confession?
  • What is the meaning of “Cognizance”?
  • What are “inherent” powers of Court?
  • Which sentences Magistrate may pass?
  • What are grounds of pre-arrest bail?
  • What is charge?
  • What is a “Kangaroo Court”?
  • Who are Distant Kindred?
  • What are kinds of jurisdiction?
  • What are modes of execution of Decree?
  • What is procedure for grant of temporary injunction?
  • Who is hostile witness and what is his evidentiary value?
  • What are powers and duties of receiver?
  • What is the doctrine of Res gestae?
  • Define remand and elaborate when it is taken?
  • What are the different kinds of Qatl?
  • Who is accomplice?
  • What is cross examination?

Current Affairs-related Questions

  • What is the future of democracy in Pakistan?
  • What are the causes of poor governance in Pakistan?
  • What is the role of media in Pakistan?
  • How terrorism can be eliminated from Pakistan?
  • What are the outcomes of Operation Zarb-e-Azab?
  • How energy crisis of Pakistan can be solved?
  • Can military courts bring the desired results in combating terrorism in Pakistan?
    How Muslim Ummah can be united in this era despite its divergent system of governments?
  • What is justification of suicide attacks? Are they not against humanity?
    What electoral reforms do you suggest?

For answers of these questions, the best book in the market is Jahangir’s Judicial interview Guide, published by Jahangir Books.

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