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Interview Questions

2017

"I had lots of questions about part-time jobs I'd held while at university as well as general questions around my personality."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"I had a number of commercial-focused questions that were about both current events and the commercial aspect of a law firm's business model. I was also asked a series of questions that I was not expected to know how to answer so that the interviewers could assess how I would engage confidently in a conversation about an unfamiliar topic."
First year trainee, Southampton
"We talked about my application form and my hobbies (mostly unusual sports), but I never felt like they were trying to wrong or catch me out or trick me into saying something controversial."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I mostly had CV-based questions, but it is structured more as a conversation rather than an interview. If you can get onto an interesting topic, chances are that will be all you need to talk about."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"We were asked questions on the presentation but, other than that, the interviewers were mainly interested in us. The questions centred around how we had got to where we were, any interesting jobs or activities we had mentioned in our applications and our likes and interests."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"I was asked about my academics, work experience an why I was interested in the firm, as well as some situation-based questioning."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"They were mainly commercial awareness questions and questions about my career aspirations and university/pro bono work."
Second year trainee, Bristol

2016

"There are the usual generic questions but no 'tricks' are used."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I was asked what my hobbies were."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"It was more of an informal chat but I was asked about commercial issues, my studies and why I wanted to work at the firm."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The questions were centred around my CV and experiences. I wasn't asked technical questions."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"Standard competency questions. I was also asked about the firm's clients and recent developments in the law."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"In what ways have you shown commercial awareness? How will the current economic climate affect the firm? What sort of things will affect the sectors? Describe a time when you were part of a team. Describe a time when you had to overcome a challenge."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Throughout my interview I was asked a lot of questions about my background and interests outside of work."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"In my interview I was given topical commercial affairs questions to answer."
First year trainee, Bristol
"In the interview I was asked questions about my non-law degree, and why I wanted to work at Bond Dickinson. I was also asked how I would deal with work/a seat I did not find interesting, and what I had done as a paralegal which went over and above the paralegal role."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"Here I was asked logical, sensible questions about my upbringing, education and previous work experiences. I wasn't thrown any curve balls!"
First year trainee, Newcastle
"I was asked why I chose to work at Bond Dickinson, and who I thought the key clients were."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"I was asked to give examples of team work/problem solving, why I chose my degree subject, and there was general chat about my work experience and extra-curricular activities."
First year trainee, Newcastle

2014

"There were commercial awareness questions, and questions regarding relevant experience, skills, etc., plus questions about my background and interests outside of law."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"In the interview I was asked to give examples of my team-working, and examples of a problem and how I dealt with it."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"The interview involved some competency questions mixed with questions about previous experiences."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"I was thrown by the question of "What would you do about the recent riots in London?" I like to argue both sides and was keen not to 'say the wrong thing' on a sensitive subject."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I was asked questions about commercial awareness, the future of the law and law firms, and the future of the firm."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I was asked questions on everything from why I chose to do a joint honours degree, why law and why now, through to what I thought about Prince Harry's media plight following being photographed semi-naked with a stripper."
First year trainee, Southampton
"I was asked questions about why I chose Bond Dickinson over other Bristol firms, and about what I gained from other work experiences; this was followed by standard questions on my motivation and drive."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Some interview questions asked involved what I did outside of work, what areas of the law I was interested in, and what legal issues I knew of."
First year trainee, Southampton
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