11 Tips for Giving a Great Deposition

Depositions are fact-finding missions used to gather evidence and information before a trial. Attorneys will ask you a series of questions, and you’re obligated to answer truthfully.

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The following are some tips for giving a deposition that will help your case:

  • Do not take notes about the event with you to the deposition. Any such papers are subject to review by the opposing council.
  • Dress professionally. Don’t wear flashy or excessive jewelry.
  • Don’t overdo makeup.
  • Sit up straight, make eye contact, and be pleasant.
  • Answer “yes” or “no.” Don’t just nod.
  • Avoid definitive words like “always” or “never.”
  • Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.” It’s better to admit that you don’t know an answer than to guess.
  • If you don’t understand a question, don’t take a stab at it. Ask for clarification.
  • Don’t volunteer information. Wait for the next question.
  • Be consistent. You might be asked different variations of the same question.
  • Take your time answering questions. Don’t let anyone rush you.

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