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Interview: Tips & Advice

2017

"There's no psychometric testing, just a video interview followed by face-to-face interviews. They want to get to know you so don't just try to give answers you think the interviewers want to hear. Give answers that show your personality!"
First year trainee, London
"There are lots of articles and materials on our website that are worth looking at to get a flavour of the work we do."
Second year trainee, London
"Know the firm, read up on some of its big cases and know why you are applying to Bristows specifically. The interviewers try to get to know you as a person."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a straightforward application form to fill out, which is much nicer than what I've seen from other firms. Then there is a video interview that's not live so you can record your answers. This is followed by two interviews in person. The first is interview with a partner and an associate followed by the tour with a trainee so you get to see a bit more of the firm and the second is with two partners and also includes a short written test. Just be yourself in the interviews and don't worry if you don't yet have any legal knowledge as they are much more interested in getting to know you."
First year trainee, London
"Know why you want to work at Bristows specifically. Be yourself in the interview because the partners want to see that you have a passion for something. They want to get to know you as a person so bring out your personality and talk about what makes you happy. The interviews are very relaxed as they want to bring out the best in you rather than trick you."
Second year trainee, London
"There's an online application, a video interview, a face-to-face interview, a written exercise and another face-to-face interview."
First year trainee, London

2016

"Two interviews (one with a partner and senior associate, one with two partners) and a written exercise although an online interview is now included. Just be yourself, Bristows are looking to get to know you."
First year trainee, London
"The impression made in interviews are key. The interviewers want to see that they could work with you on a daily basis. Use the extensive array of articles on our website to find something that interests you and ask a question relating to that work."
First year trainee, London
"Follow the news closely, read the Economist, be aware of any big political, financial or business section stories."
Second year trainee, London
"The interview represents Bristows really: it is friendly, they're not trying to catch you out or put you under pressure; they want to have an intelligent conversation with you and see how you interact and think."
Second year trainee, London
"Be yourself. The firm genuinely wants to get to know you. They have a lot of applications so as well as choosing good quality trainees they are also picking people who will fit together. Having said this we are a very diverse intake in terms of gender, sexual orientation, nationality and ethnicity. Make sure you know very precisely why you want to work for Bristows and not another TMT/life sciences city firm."
London
"Really know Bristows: its areas of specialisation, its profile, its clientele, a couple of recent cases it has been involved in. Being arrogant is probably not going to match the firm's profile."
First year trainee, London
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