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Interview Questions

2016

"What is the difference between a bond and a loan? What other career choices have you considered?"
First year trainee, London
"Discuss a recent case the firm has been involved in. Why law/solicitor/this firm? Why should a client pick us over another magic circle firm?"
First year trainee, London
"Normal competency questions along with some more testing questions such as: tell me about a time you have disagreed with an approach or working principles. Tell me about how you have dealt with colleagues who you find difficult to work with or are who not pulling their weight."
First year trainee, London
"Competency and commercial awareness questions."
Second year trainee, London
"Why A&O in particular? Discuss a recent legal news article that has interested you. Discuss a time you worked in a team."
First year trainee, London
"Why law? Why this firm? How did you manage your time at university?"
First year trainee, London
"A drinks distribution company wanted to expand in India – there was a fact pattern where you had to identify any potential commercial problems (competitors, resources etc) and give 'advice' to the partner who played the client. General competency questions are asked in the personal interview."
First year trainee, London
"As well as all of the usual interview questions about myself, my experiences and my application form, I was asked to explain my understanding of firm strategy and why I thought the firm had taken recent strategic decisions (eg why did we open an office in Morocco?)."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The only interview question that I remember being asked was "How has Britain's membership of the EU impacted its attractiveness to Chinese investors as a place to do business?""
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked why I wanted to work for A&O and to talk about a recent news story that interested me. I was also asked to demonstrate, through examples, various competencies, such as teamwork."
First year trainee, London
"Questions included: Why law? Why English law? Why this firm? Tell us a time when you had to lead a team. Favourite subject? Challenges?"
Second year trainee, London
"Why did you study the degree you did? Why do law - why corporate law? Why this firm?"
First year trainee, London
"I was asked why I wanted to work for the firm, why I wanted to be a solicitor, my views on current affairs and all about my extracurricular activities."
Second year trainee, London
"Challenging yet interesting - make sure you prepare for anything as it will boost your confidence."
First year trainee, London
"There were lots of competency style questions about the market and personal questions about challenges I have faced, etc."
Second year trainee, London
"Questions included: Tell me about yourself. What do you think we do here? What attracted you to A&O specifically rather than another Magic Circle law firm? Tell me about a time you worked in a team."
First year trainee, London
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