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Interview: Tips & Advice

2017

"There's an application form, an interview and an assessment day including a presentation and a written exercise. Make sure you know what Clydes does in each of its offices and be clear about which office you want to work in."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The assessment day involves a drafting task, a group presentation and a two-partner interview. You only have limited time for the drafting task so focus on tone and an orderly presentation of facts. I'd also recommend a bullet-point plan so that, if you do not finish, your direction is clear. The presentation is about teamwork and confidence rather than content, so speak up and be supportive of your other group members. The interview is fairly informal and involves getting to know you as a candidate rather than grilling you on legal knowledge."
Second year trainee, London
"Know what the firm does in each practice area, know the clients and their industries, and know the legal industry."
First year trainee, London
"Do your research, answer the question actually asked and be succinct. Also, avoid flowery language."
First year trainee, London
"If applying to the Manchester office, I suggest having good reasons as to why the Manchester office and not London. Understand that Manchester is primarily an insurance office, so don't then talk about how you want to do a seat in shipping finance."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"I would recommend that candidates show a real interest and commitment to Clyde & Co and outline why they would prefer it over any other firm. Clyde & Co offers open days and work experience schemes so I would recommend these if you would like to know more about the firm before applying for vacation schemes and training contracts. Otherwise, prepare for the interview by reading up on current affairs and ensuring you have examples of the different skills that you have."
Second year trainee, London
"In terms of preparation, know your application, CV, the firm and some answers to the usual competency questions. You should also just be yourself as there is no 'type' here, we are all an odd bunch. Don't be afraid to be creative."
First year trainee, London
"There's an application form, written exercises, an HR interview, a partner interview, group exercises and presentations."
First year trainee, London

2015

"You should know the insurance market and recent trends to shine in the interview."
First year trainee, London
"There is an assessment day - two written tests, psychometric test, client (group) pitch and two partner interview. Prepare thoroughly, and understand the firm in the market and what their strengths are. You should be a team player in the group pitch."
First year trainee, London
"You should understand what makes Clyde & Co different to other law firms, and focus on what they specialise in. You should demonstrate both an interest in and understanding of core sectors of the firm: such as insurance, marine and trade, aviation and energy."
Second year trainee, London
"Definitely know that the firm is moving forwards, both in an international sense as well as with their focus on insurance."
First year trainee, London
"Knowledge of current affairs is key, as is your preparation for the client pitch exercise. Prepare for this thoroughly by practising your public speaking skills."
First year trainee, London
"You should show why you are applying to Clyde's, since their speciality is unique, and show awareness of prominent cases and large clients. Ensure that you stand out in your application: be it your language skills, sport or your work in an area where the company also participates."
First year trainee, London
"Definitely find an area of law that Clyde's undertake that is of interest to you, and lead the interview by showing your knowledge of and interest in it."
First year trainee, London
"The application consists of a cover letter and series of competency questions focusing on interests; commercial awareness and motivations of working at the firm."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Speak to people at the firm and know what the firm does, and where it is going - align the above with your experience and interests."
Second year trainee, London
"Ahead of the interview make sure you have been keeping a track of current affairs and the business news, particularly relating to the sectors in which the firm operates."
First year trainee, London
"Do not pretend to be interested in something if you actually are not - partners see straight through it. Conversely, if you are truly passionate about something, do not be afraid to show it."
First year trainee, London
"Try and go through the Vacation Scheme and go to the social events. Partners and associates want to see how you interact in social situations - can you pass the trans-Atlantic flight test? Prepare properly for vacation scheme tasks but do not go over board and do not neglect the work in the departments - remember a partner/senior associate will be writing a report on your time there."
First year trainee, London
"It is a good idea to research the full, international offering rather than focussing on the specific location and departments that you are interested in."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Don't try to be something that you are not - it is a firm that likes different characters with diverse interests."
First year trainee, London
"Research the firm in-depth. Keep up to date with the news and current affairs. Know you CV extremely well and be able to elaborate on it."
Second year trainee, London
"Be your authentic self and do not intimate that you are interested in a particular area of law in which you are not able to demonstrate an understanding and keen interest."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Clyde & Co like people with a bit of personality and perhaps a niche interest."
1 yr PQE, London
"I would recommend reading up on the firm's specialist areas and focusing on why you would be a good 'fit'. Don't profess to have an interest in everything but genuine enthusiasm is important. You also need to stand out and be different - impressive extra-curricular activities will help."
First year trainee, London
"The firm looks to hire people who fit in around the office, make sure to get to know as many people as possible on a vacation scheme. Learn about the firm's key practice areas and relationship with clients. Come across as the type of person who is competent at their job, who can take the initiative in relation to work and who is confident enough to deal with colleagues at an early stage in their career."
First year trainee, London
"Academic excellence is taken as a given at Clyde & Co. There are so many candidates applying, straight As just won't cut it. Time and time again we are told that the firm is looking for people who can act appropriately in front of clients. As such, the trainees here tend to be social, talkative and generally very friendly."
First year trainee, London
"Intelligent, thoughtful people who know when to be serious and when to have fun. Prepare by looking at the news and current affairs and thinking of the legal edge to the stories, don't just focus on legal news. And try to be natural and give honest answers in the interview, people remember (and can tell) the genuine answers from the ones you have learnt off by heart."
First year trainee, London
"Focus on how the firm can win clients, know the market that the firm operates - ours is quite specific."
First year trainee, London
"At the application stage it is important to show that you fit the culture and that you are someone that would be a good representation of the firm when liaising with clients. Researching the firm inside out is essential before you even start the online application."
First year trainee, Manchester / Abu Dhabi
"Our firm aims to hire people with good social skills who are able to talk to clients, good academics and an additional attribute such as relevant experience, a language or business or accountancy skills."
First year trainee, London
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