City scape

Interview Questions

2017

"The initial interview is just to get to know you. The second, longer interview uses situational questions."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked to elaborate on things in my CV. I was also presented with a lot of scenario-based questions, asking me how I would react in certain situations."
Other - NQ, London
"There were general questions regarding my achievements and positions of responsibility that I'd held."
First year trainee, London
"There were many questions about my previous work experience as well as some competency-based questions and a few ethical/code of conduct questions."
First year trainee, London
"If you could cook a three-course meal for a celebrity, what would you cook and who would you cook for? Tell us about a book that you read recently."
First year trainee, London

2016

"I was asked questions about my background, why I would like to join Covington and a series of competency-based questions."
Graduate, London
"Why Covington? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Tell us about a legal story in the press that you have recently read."
Graduate, London
"Some questions required thinking on your feet. I was also asked situational judgement questions, commercial awareness questions and general questions about my CV."
Entry level, London

2015

"In my interview I was asked the usual competency questions, such as why I had applied to Covington; more stretching questions that required me to explain difficult concepts in layman's terms (e.g. how would you explain X to an alien) and those which tested my commercial awareness and general judgement (e.g. scenario-based questions)."
First year trainee, London
"Here I was given general CV and work experience questions which were testing key competencies."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked about my CV, about my teamwork skills, why I wanted to join the firm and my interest in law from a science background."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I was asked to prepare a discussion on a current events topic (this was the London riots, when I applied). I also discussed my CV, job history. Hypothetical scenarios (i.e. what would you do if your supervisor was away and a client contacted you demanding an answer to a particular question?)."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked questions about my academic and non-academic interests, my interests within the firm, current affairs and some situational judgement type questions. I was given the opportunity to ask the interviewers questions about life at the firm too."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked several competency questions. Questions in the style of: "Who would you have dinner with living/dead", "Give an example of when you broke a rule", "What is something interesting you've read about recently", etc."
First year trainee, London
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