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Interview Questions

2015

"I was asked news-related questions, and had to persuade my interviewers why I should be offered a training contract."
Second year trainee, London
"I had to show why I wanted to work in law, and for Clifford Chance, and what I had experienced during my vacation scheme, etc."
Second year trainee, London
"The interview was CV blind, and was about my university, extra-curricular activities and responsibilities."
First year trainee, London
"Tricky questions in my interview were: if we were to open an office in another location, where would we open an office and why? I was also asked roughly how many partners there are at the firm globally."
Second year trainee, London
"Questions can change depending on the interview, and mine ultimately turned into a conversation - don't be afraid to say answers that can lead an interviewer to go off on different topics. Interviewers are trying to work out whether you will fit in with the firm, as by the interview stage, your intellectual ability is expected to be a certain level."
Second year trainee, London
"I didn't think that there were any set questions - I was asked to talk through my CV and then asked specific questions about my experience."
First year trainee, London
"I had to discuss the market developments in China and how these impact global trade in my interview."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked why I wanted to become a commercial lawyer and to describe a recent business issue."
Second year trainee, London
"It is very important not to fumble through the standard questions (e.g. why law, why Clifford Chance). I remember being asked about the changing nature of the services that law firms are providing and the challenges that the law firms are facing. If you read some articles on Lawyer2be or similar websites, you should be able to produce a one-minute response. You do not need to be an expert!"
Second year trainee, Paris

2014

"I was asked why do you want to work here? Why law? And what caused the financial crisis?"
First year trainee, London
"Questions included: Why law? Why Clifford Chance? Competencies? How did the financial crisis occur? One of the interviews concerns a case study whereby you are expected to advise on the type of issues which might arise from the circumstances."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked about economic drivers and how they influence the legal industry. I was asked about my past work experiences and how I felt they equipped me for work in a global law firm."
First year trainee, Frankfurt
"Half of the interview consisted of answering questions on a case study and half revolved around my past work experience and what I had learned from it."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked to look at a scenario where a company was buying another and think about commercial considerations."
Second year trainee, London
"Questions included: talk about a time that you haven't performed very well; tell us about a time that you have worked in a team and much discussion about a previous role, (with a competing firm)."
First year trainee, London
"Why I wanted to work in the industry? What has taken my interest in the news from a commercial perspective? Why I wanted to join Clifford Chance LLP in particular."
Second year trainee, London
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