Questions to Ask a Court Reporting Firm Before Saying, “I Do.”

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I’ve worked in career services for 12 years. Half of that time I worked for law schools, and the other half I’ve worked for a court reporting school. While the general questions asked of me about interviewing are typically the same, the substance of the questions and the answers can differ wildly depending on the profession.

In the court reporting world, I’ve been asked several times by students about to embark on their career what types of questions they should ask court reporting agencies/firms in an interview and/or what they should look for when researching court reporting agencies. After all, just as no two court reporters are the same, neither are any two agencies. It’s extremely important, in my opinion, that the brand new, fresh-out-of-school- court reporter figure out what’s going to be the best fit for them because, honestly, this first foray into the career could make or break their love of court reporting. I’ve heard horror stories of brand new court reporters having a horrible first experience and never wanting to write on a machine again. Similarly, I’ve heard stories of court reporters that had the absolute best experience possible with their first employers and their love affair of the profession lasted decades.

In order for graduates to better navigate the employment waters, I’ve gathered, over the years, some questions and tips from social media, articles, and other professionals. Hopefully, this list will help new reporters, and possibly seasoned reporters who might be looking for a change, find the perfect fit! I encourage anyone who reads this to add questions or tips of their own by using the comments section.

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Natalie Kijurna

Director of Alumni & Employer Relations

College of Court Reporting

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