5 Common Arbitrator Interview Questions & Answers

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When you are done creating your resume and cover letter, what should your next step be? The reasonable thing for you to do is to start practicing for the interview process. The first face-to-face meeting with the hiring manager is an integral part in you landing a job. If you are not properly prepared, your chances of getting a second conference decrease.

To give yourself a solid foundation, you need to start by reviewing general questions and basic best practices. This will give you a generalized idea of how to answer questions, what to wear and how to act. However, if you want to be able to stand out from the competition, you also need to study arbitrator interview questions and answers. These industry-specific inquiries may help prepare you to give answers loaded with details about your important skills and experiences.

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5 Arbitrator Interview Questions & Answers

1. How did you gain the expertise needed to be an arbitrator?

I gained the expertise needed to be an arbitrator through my education, experience and certifications. I have a bachelor’s degree in finance management and a law degree, which gives me the insight I need to help solve disputes between two parties. I spent five years as an attorney and an additional six years as an arbitrator, which has allowed me to see a variety of cases. Because I have over a decade of related experience, I was able to join the American Arbitration Association National Roster of Arbitrators.

2. What do you think an arbitrator’s primary duties are?

The main goal of an arbitrator is to settle an argument between two parties by making a law-based decision. Because this is the end goal, I believe the main duties are to remain neutral and base the decision on the evidence presented. If these duties are neglected, the decision may not settle the dispute at hand.

3. If you had to pick one skill that is most important to have as an arbitrator, what would you say it is?

If I had to pick one skill and call it the most important for an arbitrator to have, I would say communication is the most important skill. This ability is so important because of the role it plays in the decision-making process. The arbitrator has to be able to listen to the evidence and evaluate what is being said. The arbitrator may have to read complex documents and must have the ability to distinguish important facts. Once all of this information is gathered, the arbitrator has to communicate decisions and requirements in a clear manner so all sides understand the decision. Not only does someone in this type of position have to be able to speak clearly, but he or she must also be able to write clearly. That is why communication is one of the most important skills for an arbitrator to have in my opinion.

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4. Why do you think arbitration is an important part of the law?

I think arbitration is an important part of the law because it gives parties a way to solve their issues when they cannot afford the legal fees for a more formal trial and will not compromise on the issue at hand through mediation. I also think the benefits it offers makes it a great choice. Because many arbitrators have expertise in a certain subject matter, they may be better suited to make decisions in that area than judges.

5. Can you talk about a time when your decision-making skills played an important role?

Decision making is an important part of arbitration. It always plays a role in this job. Once a family came to me for help with a custody agreement. Both parents wanted full custody and were unwilling to compromise. I listened to each argument and poured over medical records, school records and other important documentation. Each parent was emotionally invested in the decision, and I didn’t want to adversely affect the child. I had to make a fair, law-based choice on how to split the custody. I ended up doing a 60-40 split favoring the father because the records and testimony showed him to be the better choice, but I wanted to make sure the mother also got some time with her children. It was a hard choice, but in the end I think it was what was best.

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