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Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"Research the firm, the industries it serves and the practices in London."
Entry level, London
"There's an online application form followed by two rounds of interviews. My tips would be to know the firm well and be enthusiastic about your career as a lawyer."
Graduate, London
"The interview process has two rounds. The first involves a single 30–45 minute interview with two partners or senior lawyers. Candidates will also be invited to go on a tour of the London office as well as attend an informal lunch where they can meet other Covington lawyers. The second-round selection process lasts half a day and involves a written task, a presentation/discussion exercise and a panel interview. My advice for applicants is to know your application form very well and be prepared to answer any questions that the interviewers may have on it. Be ready to elaborate on your work experience and out-of-school activities. Be ready to explain in detail why you are applying to Covington and what your motivations are to become a lawyer in a US firm."
Graduate, London
"Be prepared to think on your feet and show who you really are."
Entry level, London

2015

"For the vacation scheme there is an application form, interview and a week-long vacation scheme, followed by a final round interview. For direct training contract applications there is an application form followed by two interviews. The website has the most up-to-date information."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is moving away from being known just as life sciences specialists, so don't oversell that point. We operate in a number of industries from luxury brands, media, energy, technology and more."
First year trainee, London
"You should be very thorough in your research: when they ask you why you're applying to the firm, make sure you've really spent some time thinking about that. Learning about the firm from its promotional materials and website is a good start, but being able to apply what it offers to your own aims is more important."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Come prepared for a thoughtful, intelligent discussion. Be comfortable and confident expressing your ideas in an articulate manner, without being arrogant or too pushy."
First year trainee, London
"I would recommend that applicants take the time to really learn about the firm, its partners, and the work that it does. Check announcements of recent deals to show awareness of recent events in the offices."
First year trainee, London
"Be confident about your achievements and think about how you could add to Covington. Be prepared to tackle more abstract questions or questions about subject matters you are not well versed in, by thinking things through rationally."
First year trainee, London
"Have a genuine reason for why you want to work at Covington. It will be noticeable if you are simply providing a standard/generic application or interview."
First year trainee, London
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