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Interview: Tips & Advice

2015

"Make sure you have good commercial awareness when you are applying. Ensure that you are able to show in the group exercise that you are a good team member and not just a bright individual."
First year trainee, London
"I applied with a CV and cover letter, then I attended an open day, where I had an interview, a case study and negotiation session."
First year trainee, London
"My best interview advice for applying here is to research the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"I applied with my CV and had an interview. Be natural and friendly, research the firm's recent deals, and read the news."
Second year trainee, London
"You should prepare for your interview by being ready to be confident in your answers but willing to take on board what the interviewer says and use that with your next response."
First year trainee, London
"The application is a cover letter and CV. The best advice is: know what we do and why you want to do that sort of work."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"My best advice for candidates is to understand what we do here. The firm's clients are largely financial institutions and large corporates, and knowing what is going on in the market is vital."
Second year trainee, London
"Candidates should read about the firm, but also know themselves and their CV really well. Individuality is very important, so answer questions honestly and do not try and fit into a specific mould. Try and build a rapport with your interviewer."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong
"Research the firm thoroughly, be on top of commercial awareness and in touch with business and financial news. Ensure you have a basic understanding of how businesses, banks and financial markets work."
First year trainee, London
"Ensure that you are aware of current affairs for the interview."
Second year trainee, London
"Know why you want to work for Cleary and be yourself!"
First year trainee, London
"Find out who the firm’s clients are or have been in the past, and think about what kind of work Cleary does for them. Always think about the business that the clients are in, and what potential legal problems they need solving."
First year trainee, London
"Be yourself during the interviews - personality and characters are considered to be very important (as candidates who get to interview stage usually already have the requisite grade/experience). Don't be scared to ask a lot of questions, and I'd recommend preparing by just reading up on commercial news stories and having an opinion on them."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Most important is to be yourself and polite. It is strikingly evident when candidates are obsequious to partners and dismissive of trainees and secretaries. The opinions of trainees and support staff can also go a long way in assessing whether a candidate gets invited back."
Second year trainee, London
"Proactive & enthusiastic intelligent people, with some personality! As for advice to candidates - be yourself throughout the hiring process, because you can't pretend to be anything but yourself when you are doing a training contract for two years at a firm. The way to prepare is to really understand what Cleary does, why Cleary is the best fit for you, what work Cleary has been doing recently, and demonstrate your ability to be a problem-solver."
First year trainee, London
"Good grades, an enthusiastic attitude and a willingness to learn and get involved are key."
First year trainee, London
"Exceptional academic credentials are the norm. Aside from qualifications, the firm generally looks for chirpy people who are not too intense or domineering."
First year trainee, London
"Learn about our clients and deals we have worked on, demonstrate interest in a few key areas of practice, and some knowledge of the law in that area."
First year trainee, London
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