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Interview Process

2014

"The application process consists of an online application form and numerous online tests before a one day assessment centre."
First year trainee, London
"The process is very rigorous and comprised an online test and interviews but the experience in itself was very rewarding."
First year trainee, Frankfurt
"There were two rounds of online questions followed by an assessment day consisting of an interview, a case study and a verbal reasoning test."
First year trainee, London
"You have to meet a high standard to be successful at interview, but we seem to recruit from a broader spectrum of people than you might expect. There is an online application form, verbal reasoning test and then a full day assessment centre."
Second year trainee, Tokyo
"The interview process was intense but not unpleasant - the people who interviewed me were perfectly pleasant and genial."
Second year trainee, London
"I applied for a vacation scheme in 2010 and the assessment process involved two online tests (a verbal reasoning test and a test with hypothetical situations asking how I would react in such situations) and attending an assessment centre during which I had an interview, a verbal reasoning test and a negotiation. At the end of my vacation scheme, I had an interview for the training contract."
Second year trainee, London
"The process consisted of the following: a verbal reasoning test, a group exercise and then an interview which included a case study."
Second year trainee, London
"I did an online test after I submitted my application. On the assessment day, I had to do a critical thinking test, interview and negotiation exercise. It took one full day, but everyone was very friendly and you feel like you have the ability to showcase your interest in the firm and why you are a good fit. There are good opportunities to ask questions to trainees and graduate recruitment representatives, and you also get taken on a tour of the office."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Submit an application form, undertake online verbal reasoning and situational reasoning tests, be invited for an assessment centre where a paper-based verbal reasoning test is conducted, as well as individual and team-based analysis and negotiation exercises. There is a lunch where current trainees come to talk to, and encourage, you. You also undertake a 1-hour interview with two Partners on the same day, which involves a 15-minute commercial case study and a longer chat about your experiences and views of current events."
First year trainee, London
"My interview was very specific to me as an individual. The interviewer spent a lot of time asking about my hobbies, views on life and my education. I rarely got asked any of the 'typical' competency questions you expect to be asked."
First year trainee, London
"Online psychometric test, assessment day involving hour interview, further verbal reasoning tests, commercial negotiation exercise and short presentation to interviewers before interview commences on business scenario provided 20 minutes before interview begins."
Second year trainee, London
"The interview was friendly, I was asked how my degree subject related to a career in law, had any news story particularly interested me, what makes CC different, etc."
Second year trainee, London
"I had a verbal reasoning test, a group exercise and an interview with two partners after passing the initial online verbal reasoning and situational judgement tests. In the interview I was asked why I'd chosen law and how I thought the firm distinguished itself from other Magic Circle firms nationally and internationally."
First year trainee, London
"There are various aptitude tests and case studies plus an interview - think carefully about why you are applying to the firm and the interview will go well."
Second year trainee, London
"The hardest part is getting through the application stage, which is the part nobody can really gauge. I had to do a psychometric test and a situational judgement test, though, which were trickier than some firms' pre-application tests. The application form was fairly standard, although I liked the fact that there were no word limits for previous jobs in contrast with some firms. The assessment centre consisted of another verbal reasoning test, a group exercise, and an interview which was split into competency questions and a business exercise. The interview was good fun, and was very much a conversation. I was asked about my experiences in previous jobs and about my desire to work in law generally and at Clifford Chance specifically."
First year trainee, London
"Challenging questions to ascertain why I wanted to be a Magic Circle lawyer. Questions probing my knowledge of the markets where CC provides legal advice and the challenges facing CC in remaining the market leader."
Second year trainee, London
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