I like the question, "In your experience with past summer associates, what made a particular summer associate excel?" I used this type of question repeatedly during call back interviews and got good and consistent answers out of the partners/associates that were interviewing me. I actually used some of the answers they gave me to formulate talking points that I wanted to bring up about myself in the subsequent interviews. For example, I noticed after a time or two of asking this question that the answer given by the partner was that they liked a summer associate that was willing to take an assignment and run with it until its ultimate conclusion. They want an associate that is eager to take an assignment, ask the appropriate questions up front to understand the assignment, check back in only if necessary, and is determined to do a really good job. This may seem like an obvious answer to most people, but it is surprising how easy it is in an interview not to discuss how you handle and will handle your work. During subsequent interviews during call backs, I started to talk about my firm experience I had that summer, as well as previous work experience outside the legal field, and how it had taught me how to handle assignments appropriately. I would mix in a story or two about experiences I had where I didn't exactly handle the assignment as well as I would have liked in hindsight and how I had received feedback and learned from my mistakes. Then when I inevitably asked the question of what the partner/associate liked in a summer associate, they would almost always acknowledge that I had already told them exactly what they were looking for in a summer associate. So basically, they would on some level be saying that I was what they were looking for in a summer associate. I know this may sound a little corny, but damnit it works and if you do it in a subtle and somewhat self-deprecating way, you will score big points with almost all of your interviewers.