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Interview: Tips & Advice

2018

"The vacation scheme seems to be a huge focus now and is a great opportunity."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The whole process consists of an online application, telephone interview, online test and assessment day. The assessment day is a mix of group activities, an interview and individual tasks with socialising and getting tours from the current trainees over the course of the day. My one piece of advice is to be yourself. Think about how many recruiters must read the same form of application over and over again and work out what makes you different. Whether it's a passion for music, sport, or a really niche area of a law, it doesn't matter, just be yourself."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"Interviews with the firm are all about your own personal experiences in a working environment and how you have practically approached certain situations. My advice would be to not be afraid if you have not worked in a legal environment. Really think about the skills you have developed and how these are relatable to life as a trainee. It's all about the STAR technique."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Research the firm well including our clients, culture and practice areas. Be friendly and be yourself on the assessment day. The firm will be looking for someone who they can work well with and also someone who they can put in front of their clients. Think about what skills you need to be a good trainee solicitor and focus your interview prep around that. Always give examples."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"The hiring process includes an application form, a telephone interview, psychometric testing and an assessment centre. The best preparation for the psychometric tests is to practise so you are familiar with the style of testing. For the interview it is important to be commercially aware of any issues that would affect the firm and the latest news from within the firm."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"There's an online application, competency-based testing, a phone interview and an assessment day. The single biggest tip I can give is to be yourself. The application process is a way for the firm to see whether you'd fit its culture and for you to see whether you'd enjoy working for the firm. If you're not yourself then you might end up at a firm that isn't suited to you."
Second year trainee, Nottingham

2017

"Understand what is important to the firm ie sectors and growth."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"There are online tests, a phone interview and an assessment day that includes a partner interview. Know the firm and the history – make sure that you are aware of recent case law in the area/s that you are interested in. Prepare for some unusual questions about yourself."
Second year trainee, Nottingham
"Speak to as many people as possible, attend law fairs, do as much reading as you can about the firm and the areas it specialises in."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm's application process consists of an application form, telephone interview, online tests and an assessment centre. In terms of specific tips, I would read up thoroughly on the firm's wider strategic goals and aims rather than specific knowledge about individual cases."
Second year trainee, London
"Online application, numerical and verbal reasoning test, phone interview, assessment day. On the day itself there are group and individual tasks as well as an interview. I would suggest making sure you remember your application thoroughly and what you wrote as I was questioned on specific aspects of what I had written down."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"The process begins with an online application, similar to many other firms. You are then invited to complete some online tests before being invited for a phone interview and, ultimately, an assessment day. The assessment day consists of group and individual activities as well as a partner interview. My advice would be to research the firm thoroughly before applying. Make sure you evidence that research in your initial application questions to show that this is not just another generic application that could apply to any firm. The best way to prepare for an interview is to relax and be yourself."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"There was an application form followed by psychometric testing, a telephone interview and an assessment day that included a partner interview. For the interview, I would recommend preparing well for the standard competency questions so that you are more relaxed and able to deal with the wildcards."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"There are commercial group exercises and interviews. I'd say keep up to date with political and economic events and be interested in wider issues."
First year trainee, Nottingham
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