This is another post in an occasional series, looking at difficult or awkward questions asked at training contract interviews to get you thinking about how you might answer.
Today: “What is it about this job you would least look forward to?” (sometimes asked as "What is it about this job you think you would find the most difficult?”)
Horrible question, right? You're there to show how much you'd like to join the firm, and yet being asked why you won't like it.
Like most interview questions, there's no right or wrong answer here. Interviewers who ask this are trying to see that you have a realistic sense of what working in a law firm is like. It's not all sunshine and roses (or champagne finishes) - there may be long hours, technically difficult work, emotional clients and mundane tasks along with the better stuff. If you're still at university and facing your first full-time job, the change in culture and the demands on your time can also be quite shocking.
Be honest, but restrained. If you have concerns about learning how to use an archaic filing system, or working through a compulsory Banking seat when you have no interest in it, say so. Then follow up with how you'll handle it. That way, you're ending a fairly pessimistic answer in a positive light.