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Interview: Tips & Advice

2015

"The firm's application process is an online application, followed by a recorded video 'interview', then an assessment day. Interviews will then follow from this. Preparing for the interview isn't about cramming. Sector expertise is valued here, so start following developments in technology, media, telecoms and be prepared to talk about them. You needn't be an expert yet, but it's good to show that you're interested in becoming one."
Second year trainee, London
"My advice is to be yourself, and be a team player. Be thoughtful in your responses and don't say the first thing that comes to mind. Take an interest in the firm rather than just being a solicitor anywhere in the City."
Second year trainee, London
"Research the firm and have a genuine interest in the type of work they do, and show how your skills/experience would fit in nicely. Be up-to-date with current affairs, too."
First year trainee, London
"Look at the sectors that Bird & Bird works in and decide whether a sector-focused firm would suit you, and research some recent work done by Bird & Bird too. Be friendly and confident throughout the process."
First year trainee, London
"The interview process consists of a video interview followed by an assessment day and face-to-face interview with senior lawyers. Research, research, research - it's important to know what we do, what we're good at and impress upon the interviewer why you will fit in and what value you can bring to Bird & Bird."
Second year trainee, London
"Get to know the firm and definitely try to meet us at law fairs. In particular, applicants should be familiar with Bird & Bird's sector based approach."
Second year trainee, London
"Know the firm inside out: website, promotional material and recent deals/cases, etc. Remember that the firm is big on three things - client service, international reach and sector focus."
London
"Just try and relax and be yourself. The firm wants to see your personality and if that would be a match for its work."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Know the firm and its clients well - take note of the key strategic messages on the firm's website. Be honest, and don't be afraid to let your personality shine through."
First year trainee, London
"Research the firm thoroughly and see how you are aligned with the firm's culture and values. Be yourself as the recruitment team will see past individuals who are being disingenuous."
Second year trainee, London
"The interview process is friendly and relaxed but it is important to remain professional and demonstrate a good commercial awareness and passion for the work that Bird & Bird does."
First year trainee, London
"The firm puts a big emphasis on its sector focus - in the interview make sure you show an interest in a particular sector."
Second year trainee, London
"Commercial awareness is key. The law can be taught and you are not expected to know everything in this respect. You ARE expected to know what's going on in the world and how this effects the legal industry. Also questions about your CV, why the firm etc. are standard and solid answers are expected."
First year trainee, London
"Know about Bird & Bird specifically - the firm's key strengths, how it stands out from other firms and how it's style of work differs from City law firms generally."
First year trainee, London
"Make sure you are honest. The firm is good at recognising people that will be a good fit with the culture."
First year trainee, London
"Commercial awareness is key. Make sure you know what is going on in the legal world and in the news generally. Be interesting - we want to work with interesting and dynamic people - it makes the late nights a lot more bearable! Know answers to the standard questions - why law, why Bird & Bird etc. They're simple questions that you should be able to have a solid answer to."
First year trainee, London
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