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Interview: Tips & Advice

2018

"The corporate interview consists of a problem that you should work through together with your interviewer. It isn't so much about arriving at the correct answer than about how you ended up at the answer and the method you took to get there."
Second year trainee, London
"Include all of your interests on your paper application. Everyone has good grades but the firm also wants interesting people."
Second year trainee, London
"There's an application form, a video interview, a group exercise and a face-to-face interview. I found the Dechert application process to be much more personal, with aspects intended to find out whether a potential applicant is a cultural fit as well as testing their commercial awareness and motivation to become a solicitor. My tip would be to research the firm and what makes it different to others in the market (eg the pro bono culture, particular departments, small intake and six-seat system) and link that to your particular strengths and interests. Showing that you're 'commercial' is often just using common sense."
First year trainee, London
"I had a video interview, an assessment day and a face-to-face interview. Get to know the firm really well. Know its core departments (financial services, litigation and corporate) and which departments are ancillary to those teams."
First year trainee, London
"The commercial interview is a two-way process of exploring a problem scenario and working together to arrive at an answer. It isn't necessarily about getting the correct answer but about how you go about the process and arrive at your conclusion."
Second year trainee, London
"Be very clear in your head about why you want to do law and why commercial law and Dechert would be the best fit for you."
First year trainee, London

2017

"Always tie your answers back to specifics about the firm and why you and the firm would be a good fit."
Second year trainee, London
"Be guided in the interview, it's not a test. They just want to see how you solve problems and arrive at an answer."
First year trainee, London
"There's an interview, a written test and a tour/chat with a current trainee. Be friendly, enthusiastic and ask interesting and relevant questions. Research the firm and its standout practice areas along with anything that makes it unique (the six-seat system for example)."
Second year trainee, London
"The process consists of a written exercise, a commercial interview and a more CV-orientated interview. I would recommend thoroughly researching the firm and knowing about how it differs from other City firms and other US firms."
First year trainee, London
"Get to know Dechert's core practice areas as the firm appears to focus questions on corporate and funds matters."
Second year trainee, London
"Show intelligence and commitment to the profession."
First year trainee, Dechert LLP
"Know the firm and be able to talk about its recent deals."
First year trainee, London
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