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Interview: Tips & Advice

2015

"Your grades show that you are intelligent, and this should shine through during the interview, but definitely show who you are throughout as well: the interviewer is more concerned about you as a person, and what you would be like to work with."
Second year trainee, London
"Definitely read your CV and application and know it inside out. You should get a feel of some of the departments at Baker & McKenzie so you can discuss them if an opportunity arises. The interviewers are looking for future team members, so it pays to be a nice person and a team player!"
Second year trainee, London
"The application consists of an online application, telephone interview and an assessment day. When applying to Baker & McKenzie you need to know how it differs from other City/American firms, and why the culture here suits you. It's also useful to know about the work the firm does, and what is going on in the wider world at the moment."
First year trainee, London
"I found that a lot the interview was about a culture fit. They assume that most people who make it to their interviews are all intelligent enough, but the firm only really hires sociable, friendly people. You need to be able to work with these people day in day out."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Stay calm! Think about you key skills and how they will be of benefit to Baker and McKenzie, as well as your progression as a solicitor."
First year trainee, London
"Relax, and be yourself. You're committing a minimum of two years of your life to a firm so you want to make sure the offers you get are the best fit for your personality and outlook."
First year trainee, London
"I don't think you need to do as much of the commercial awareness revision (e.g. reading the FT, etc.) as you do for other firms. Make sure you have good answers for competencies, and go to a negotiation/commercial workshop so you have an understanding of what big law firms do."
Second year trainee, London
"Ensure you know about the firm, your strengths and weaknesses and how you would fit in here."
First year trainee, London
"Baker & McKenzie are the only firm I've come across that have a section regarding how 'nice a person' you are in evaluation forms. I think that says a lot about the firm!"
Second year trainee, London
"You're not expected to know every answer for the case study - it is key to stay calm and to display clarity of thought under pressure."
Second year trainee, London
"Attend graduate recruitment events, open days, etc. and speak to as many people as possible who are at the firm. This is the best way of getting to know what it is like and whether it's the right place for you."
First year trainee, London
"Understand what makes the firm different to other firms. We are very international and you will regularly work with other international offices. We also have very strong departments across the firm, and these do not just operate as 'corporate support'."
Second year trainee, London
"You must be up-to-date with current affairs; be able to explain why you are applying to a global commercial law firm; be able to justify/explain any statements made on your CV as to why they are important or will benefit your career/the firm; and be sure to have a wide range of extra-curricular activities on your CV."
First year trainee, London
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