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Interview: Tips & Advice

2017

"Learn the firm inside out."
First year trainee, Manchester
"We have an online application form followed by a video interview, an assessment day and a vacation scheme. My advice would be to really try and understand what the firm is about and why you think you want to work here and what makes you a good fit. I'd also say that you should try not to let your nerves get the best of you. Everyone is very kind and won't deliberately try to trip you up."
First year trainee, London
"Make sure you know your application form inside out and have thought of reasons for why you want to pursue a career in City law."
First year trainee, London
"Research the firm properly (a few hours of reading the website won't cut it)."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Know about the firm, especially the firm's core values."
Second year trainee, London
"There's an application form, a video interview and an assessment day including a group exercise, partner interview and instruction-taking exercise."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"It's an online form, a video interview and an assessment centre. Really prepare for the video interview and, as per usual, research the firm ie the recent merger with Scotland, the firm's innovations (the transaction services team) and other information (make sure you know its sectors etc)."
Second year trainee, Leeds

2016

"Online application, telephone interview, assessment centre (partner/HR interview, group task, verbal reasoning test, partner briefing exercise), written task on the vacation scheme. Know the firm inside and out. Speak to as many people from the firm as you can and get yourself noticed at events. Research some work that the firm has done recently and think about why that work interests you."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Online application form, telephone interview, assessment day, vacation scheme (optional depending on the route taken)."
First year trainee, London
"I came through the vac scheme route. To get on the vac scheme, you had to complete an application form with standard competency questions and then attend an assessment day. This consisted of a group exercise, a verbal reasoning test, an interview and a business exercise where you had to discuss a client's issue and the best way to solve it. We were given a number of documents such as contracts and emails and had to decide what the best course of action was. I think one of my best tips would be to ensure that you read through your application before going into an interview, as a lot of the questions are based around that. Also, look into the different initiatives that AG uses to try and lower clients costs."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Interview: have an opinion on current affairs and consider how it could impact the firm or its clients. Don't be afraid to confront a challenging question. The assessment centre consists of a partner briefing exercise, so bullet point a couple of practical suggestions that come out of it. In the team exercise, look to ensure that your team is pulling together and keep an eye on any time frames you have been given."
Second year trainee, London
"The process is clearly set out on our website. As for best tips: keep in mind that, for junior lawyers, knowledge and experience is less important than personality and attitude. When expressing your teamwork experience, don't say sports. Try work/business-orientated teamwork as it's more relevant to the environment you'll be working in."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The firm's process consists of an online application form, verbal reasoning test, telephone interview and half-day assessment centre. The interview at the assessment centre will differ depending on the interviewers but be prepared to be challenged on your answers and defend your position."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Not just about 'competencies'. You also need to know about businesses and how they work."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"You should really try and research the firm in depth, and learn as much as you can about our business plans and industry expertise."
First year trainee, Manchester
"When applying I attended an assessment day including group activity and interviews. You should come prepared to this, know the firm and ask sensible, relevant questions."
Second year trainee, London
"You should research into the firm, the departments, recent news stories and the wider legal market so that you have a good understanding of Addleshaw Goddard."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I think that throughout the application process you should be friendly and approachable, and always think commercially."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"When I applied there was an application form, phone interview and then an assessment centre involving an instruction taking exercise, interview and in-box exercise."
Second year trainee, London
"I think the best tip I could give would be to just be relaxed and show your personality. A lot of students are academically able and capable, but you need to be able to socialise easily and speak to clients. Do a lot of research into the firm, know your statistics, the structure, the sectors, the teams and their recent deals."
Second year trainee, London
"When applying you should know the website inside out, know exactly why you like the firm and make sure you have a good general knowledge of finance and legal developments."
First year trainee, London

2013

"The firm is looking for commercially attuned individuals so a good understanding of the wider economic landscape and how that picture will impact on the firm and our clients will help a potential candidate stand out."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Individuals, first and foremost. Have something about yourself; don't just tick boxes. Use the interview as a chance to show that you're made of more."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Make sure you are down-to-earth and approachable and that everyone is treated with the same respect, from PA to partner."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Be prepared, know about the firm and be able to demonstrate your commercial awareness."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Commercial awareness is key. Candidates should be themselves."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"The firm seems to go for smart, out-going, enthusiastic people."
First year trainee, London
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