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Interview Questions

2016

"Should women and men get paid the same in tennis? There were also general competency questions."
Second year trainee, London
"How Bird & Bird are you? Read the personalities found on the website and make sure you are able to answer this."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked about certain recent legal developments and for an opinion on them."
First year trainee, London
"The questions were mostly about me, what I've done and how I would see myself fitting in with the firm and the firm's ethos."
First year trainee, London
"Most of the questions were about my CV. However, a few current affairs questions were thrown in along with 'what would you do about the Syrian crisis?'."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked about Oscar Pistorious' trial and whether firms should take instructions from companies that have questionable morals."
First year trainee, London
"There were very few 'big' questions. It was more of a chat where they were trying to get to know me and my characteristics personally."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked some questions about recent news stories that could be considered 'grey areas' – the interviewers wanted me to form an opinion and try to argue it well."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"A brief interview on the assessment day discussed how, as a trainee, I'd fit into Bird & Bird. I believe a similar question exists on the application form now. My final interview on the vacation scheme touched on current issues I'd found interesting in the news recently."
Second year trainee, London
"I was given questions such as "Why do you think you would fit in at Bird & Bird?" and "Do you believe that representing clients has a moral element and on moral grounds would you refuse to represent some clients?"."
Second year trainee, London
"During the interview I had questions such as "Why Bird & Bird?", and was asked about my experiences on the vacation scheme."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked why I wanted to work at Bird & Bird and what I thought set the firm apart from others."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked about my application and my time at university. However, I understand that many others had completely different questions."
London
"Aside from the usual ones about yourself, why law, why Bird & Bird etc, they tend to ask moralistic questions, which are usually related to current news. There is no right or wrong answer to these questions. They just want to see your opinion and if you can form a reasoned argument and defend it."
Second year trainee, London
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