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Interview Questions

2016

"Why commercial law? Why the firm? Where do you see yourself in ten years' time?"
Second year trainee, Leeds
"A variety of questions were asked on topics such as: current business affairs, commercial awareness, previous experience and numerous questions requiring you to: explain a time when..."
First year trainee, London
"Why the firm? Why the city? Where do you see yourself in five years? A few competency questions as well."
First year trainee, Leeds
"The interview questions centred around situations that trainees might find themselves in, ie you've got bad feedback from a partner on a piece of work – how would you respond? There were also general questions on your background and follow up questions to the answers you put in the application form."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Balance between economic, competency and personal questions."
First year trainee, London
"Tell us about a business person who inspires you."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"I was asked about our transactional services team and the benefits of outsourcing certain legal functions."
Second year trainee, London
"Talk about a commercial business in the papers that has interested you."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"Interview questions consisted of work undertaken, and my previous experience. This was alongside questions such as why I chose to trainee at AG and this type of law in particular, and was followed by general conversation on a commercial topic."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked to talk about a person in business who I admired and the reasons why. Be prepared to be challenged and stand behind the answers that you give."
First year trainee, Manchester
"My interviewer talked to me about my work experience, and why I wanted to work in the Leeds office."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Throughout my interview I was asked why I chose law and AG in particular and to identify threats to law firms. I also had to discuss a recent legal issue in the press. I was asked to show what I do outside of work/academia."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked to identify which elements of the firm interest me, and which work specifically interests you by giving examples."
First year trainee, London
"Interview questions were mainly around my knowledge of the firm: who the managing and senior partners are, and what the firm's turnover was in the most recent financial year and previous year, and PEP, in addition to how many offices the firm has, what work has it recently undertaken and what interested me about it."
First year trainee, London
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