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Interview Process

2014

"The application process involved an interview day, negotiation exercises, competition seminar, two one-on-one interviews with a partner/senior member of staff and associate."
First year trainee, London
"The process was as follows: send in CV and cover letter to apply; you then attend an interview and then a vacation scheme."
Second year trainee, London
"I had to attend two interviews (back to back), one with HR and one with two associates. I then completed a vacation scheme and was offered a training contract."
First year trainee, London
"The first round is the open day which is actually a great way to get to know the firm and what work you may be involved in. There are three workshops where you work in teams and have to either negotiate or present or argue on your imaginary client's behalf. You are evaluated by an associate or partner on the work and skills you display during the workshops. After that, there is a 20 minute interview."
First year trainee, London
"The process involved an interview or open day for a vacation scheme - the firm recruit heavily from their vacation schemes."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"I was asked very general questions based on my CV. Often, you are asked to explain legal concepts or to think on your feet. Cleary is usually able to distinguish the best candidates by making them think on their feet. It was an experience akin to an Oxbridge interview."
Second year trainee, London
"My interview questions were not tough in themselves, but the fact you have to get through a whole assessment day of different people assessing you at different stages, and then two weeks of a vacation scheme in both a work and outside work setting is tough."
First year trainee, London
"The typical route is CV and covering letter by way of application for a vacation scheme, leading to an invite to an open day, leading to a vacation scheme, which may or may not lead to a training contract. The majority of trainees have participated in one of the firm's open days."
Second year trainee, London
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