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Interview Questions

2015

"Throughout my interview I was asked about my extra-curricular activities at university and about some of the modules I had studied."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked why I wanted to practice at a commercial law firm, and why I wanted to work at Baker & McKenzie in particular. I was also asked why I thought I fitted the Baker & McKenzie brief."
First year trainee, London
"My interviewee asked me where I thought Baker & McKenzie should open another office, and why I wanted to work for Baker & McKenzie in particular. I was asked why I didn't study law, asked to identify what advantages my degree would give me."
First year trainee, London
"Throughout my interview the focus lay on questions surrounding my skill set, and I found that the questions were fairly typical. I was also given a curveball question: the worst thing that has happened to you and how you coped with it."
Second year trainee, London
"I found that my interview was mostly corporate focused - I was given a case study. The interview I had with an associate was very much about my general level of commercial awareness, and my desire to be at the firm - being friendly and open, I think, was key."
First year trainee, London
"My interview focused on reasons for being in the law profession: why I wanted to work in a law firm, why I wanted to work in London, and the reasons why I wanted to work for Baker & McKenzie in particular, and in addition to which areas of law I was interested in and why."
Second year trainee, London
"I had two interviews: one interview was competency based, where they asked when I had worked in a team, for instance. Following that I was interviewed by two partners, who asked about my CV and then I was given a case study. I did not feel that there was anything unexpected."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"I was asked very general life questions about what I wanted from my future. There were few questions on law but some on general commercial awareness."
Second year trainee, Brussels
"I was asked a mix of questions - some commercial and legal, but I also remember talking about other topics that I'm passionate about."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked the normal competency questions (although less than in my other TC interviews). The interview with the partners focuses on a case study, which was mostly legal questions. It did not require a lot of preparation/commercial awareness revision, but seemed to look at your understanding of what was put in front of you. My associate interview was mostly just a chat with a view competency questions and going through my CV."
Second year trainee, London
"The interview with two partners for the vacation scheme comprised a business scenario and I was asked to pick out areas in which legal/business issues might arise. There was also an interview with an associate which was more about my CV and general interests and achievements. This focused more on values and, for example, times when I have felt part of a team or times when I have dealt with failure."
First year trainee, London
"The partner case study was a bit of a grilling on the facts in front of you. The associate interview was more of a chat - I can't remember any specific questions!"
Second year trainee, London
"I found the interview to be informal yet focused. Questions as to your reasons for applying to the firm and choosing the law certainly came up."
Second year trainee, London
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