Interview Questions

2017

"The usual: why Ashurst over other City/magic circle firms? Why law? What makes Ashurst different to other firms? One question I was asked at the end to make me think outside the box was: how many hairs does a dog have? Obviously, this is to get you to think about the process of working it out rather than actually answer."
First year trainee, London
"Most questions focused on topics that I had discussed in my application form."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked questions on my work experience as well as brain teasers and questions that tested my competencies."
First year trainee, London
"There were general questions about my CV and why I wanted a career in law. I also had a debate about tax laws and the ethics behind them."
Second year trainee, Madrid, Spain
"My vacation scheme interview centred around what I had put on my CV ie what my hobbies were, why I did law as a degree and why I was interested in Ashurst. My training contract interview was at the end of my vacation scheme so they asked me a bit about my thoughts on the scheme and also about renewable energy."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked what sorts of things I would need to think about if I owned a catering company providing food to an airline. I was asked if I thought eating disorders was nature or nurture. I was also asked about my views on fracking."
Second year trainee, London.

2016

"What issues does the firm need to consider if they are opening an office? You are George Osborne and I am David Cameron: please give a speech on why you should keep your job during the cabinet reshuffle."
First year trainee, London
"Lots of background questions regarding my interests, extracurricular activities at university etc. General academic law questions linking into my year abroad experiences. Why I was interested in Ashurst and what my career motivations were."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked about different methods of mergers and the pros and cons of each method for law firms. What did I think the day-to-day role of a trainee was and how I would feel about sometimes having to do quite administrative tasks. I was given a scenario (a potential transaction) and asked which departments from the firm could potentially be involved."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked about when I had used key competencies such as teamwork. In the partner interview I was asked about a commercial case study and about my previous job and motivation for applying to Ashurst."
First year trainee, London
"Why Ashurst? Why law? I was asked about a recent commercial story of interest and specific questions about my hobbies and interests as listed in my application form."
First year trainee, London
"The classic lift question at the end: Assume you don't get the job. We get in the lift and you say give me one more chance. The interviewer says you have until the ground floor... Go! (Followed by a countdown)"
First year trainee, London

2015

"In my interview I was asked news-related questions; scenario questions and the typical why law/why this firm questions."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked why I wanted to work for Ashurst and given questions on a commercial scenario."
First year trainee, London
"Most of the questions focused on specific aspects included in my application form: most of the time the interviewers simply wanted to know more about my hobbies and interests. I was also given a scenario where I had to imagine I was a trainee working on a particular transaction and then describe what tasks I would imagine a trainee would be undertaking in that situation."
First year trainee, London
"I had to give my view on drone strikes, and think of issues that could occur when setting up a ready-meals business. I was also asked what I thought caused the credit crunch."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked whether I agreed with intervention in Syria. I don't think it mattered what answer I gave as long as I could defend it and show knowledge of the situation."
First year trainee, London
"During the interview I had to justify why I wanted to be a lawyer, not a consultant, and show what makes me stand out. I also had to say how I would handle situation X."
First year trainee, London
"In the interview I was asked why I want to be a solicitor rather than a barrister, and had to show how I thought my history degree would complement a career in law. My interview asked me how I would pitch Ashurst to a client who was deciding between us and say, Linklaters, and how I thought Ashurst distinguishes itself from other law firms."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked why I wanted to work in law and for Ashurst in particular."
First year trainee, London
"In my first interview with recruitment I was asked about myself and how I work with others. In my second interview with senior lawyers the conversation flowed very naturally between topics including my perception of the firm, and profit promoting strategies."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked questions along the lines of... "Tell me about a news story that interests you". I was given some facts and asked what legal work would be involved. I was called out on my predicted grade and asked to justify it! I can't really remember what else as there weren't too many 'big questions'. A lot of the interview was developing my answers."
First year trainee, London
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