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Interview Questions

2017

"I was asked many competency questions and a few situational ones. One question that stood out in my mind was: which company do you admire and why? I remember taking a minute to think about this one and that definitely helped. Keeping up to date with the news also really helped."
First year trainee, London
"If I were a managing partner for a day, what would I do? If I had £10m, what would I do with it?"
Second year trainee, Liverpool
"Where do you see the legal market in five years' time? What would you do if you were given two pieces of equally urgent work at 5.00 pm? How would you advise a client setting up a shopping centre? What practice groups would be involved? If you were to open up a new office overseas, where would it be and why?"
First year trainee, Leeds
"Expect a mixture of HR questions and questions about the firm and its competitors. I was also asked some commercial scenario questions (ie if a client had this problem, what are the potential issues and who would you need to speak to?). The questions were challenging but, if you have a wide range of examples of your experiences to hand, know the firm inside and out and you've thought about the future of the firm, you should be fine. I think I was asked what superhero I would be at one point!"
First year trainee, London
"I was asked questions about competencies, DWF, my motivations, and wider commercial awareness questions."
Second year trainee, London
"Which three people, alive or dead, would I bring along to a fantasy dinner party?"
First year trainee, Edinburgh / Glasgow

2016

"A retailer is looking to take its business online: what are the issues you would have to consider as a lawyer? Why DWF? Describe the sector system. Which sector would you look to go into?"
First year trainee, Manchester
"Questions about: law in the retail sector; my experience; current affairs that I think might affect law firms in the future etc."
First year trainee, Manchester
"If a client called you saying they wanted to shut down several of their high street stores, what would you say and what departments would you need to get involved? What did you do over summer? Which client are you most surprised that we act for and why? Tell us about a company that you admire and why."
First year trainee, Manchester
"How would you invest a million pounds? Name a business recently in difficulty and say how you would have fixed the situation. Why DWF? How do you see the firm progressing in the next five years? Where do you think the firm's focus should be on development?"
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"Aside from the usual questions regarding my motivations for a career in law and what I knew about the firm, competency and scenario questions formed a big part of the interviews. With the scenario questions in particular, it's important not to rush your answer. The interviewers are more than happy for you to take a couple of seconds to think through the question and plan your response."
First year trainee, Manchester
"What business would you start tomorrow and how would you finance it? What is the biggest challenge to the legal market at the moment and how could the firm overcome this?"
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Competency-based questions; my motivations; technical questions; why the firm?"
Second year trainee, Edinburgh

2015

"During the interview I was questioned on sectors, practice groups, and the firm's culture and values. From my experience questions are always asked about this."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"Here I was asked about a time that I worked in a team, how to solve a problem, scenario based questions and how I would deal with them, and there were questions about commercial awareness."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Questions during my interview were varying: I was asked who my role model is and why, why I want to work in a commercial firm, what drives me and to define commercial awareness."
Second year trainee, Liveprool
"I was asked why I wanted to work for DWF, if I was given £1 million how would I invest it, and I had to talk about a business that has recently failed and identify why that is, and show what I would have done differently. This was alongside showing what sets the firm apart from our competitors."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"Both of my interviews focused on my personality and ability to fit in at DWF, as well as my understanding of the firm, its values and culture."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"During my interview I was given scenario style questions designed to see how well I could see cross-selling/commercial awareness in different situations."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I was asked questions about my application form and my background, as well as competency based questions where you have to give an example of a time when you have solved a problem/worked in a team etc."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"I was asked to show why I wanted to pursue a career in law and why I wished to work in this particular location. This was alongside identifying which other firms I had applied to, and showing what this firm can do better."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked what I like to do in my spare time, and which commercial business I admire and why. I had to show the developments that there have been in the legal market and how these will affect DWF."
First year trainee, Liverpool

2014

"I was asked: why did you decide to pursue a career in law? What makes you stand out from other candidates? What makes a successful business?"
First year trainee, London
"There were a variety of questions including those aimed at finding out more about me i.e. application-based, those based around my commercial awareness and some competency based questions."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"In my interview I was asked why law was my chosen career path. What other firms was I applying to. Why had I chosen to apply to DWF. What made DWF stand out from other law firms."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"Asked to describe the sector and practice group approach. Usual commercial questions and ones about yourself and your application. And some random ones to see how you react/think under pressure such as "What would you do in X hypothetical situation.""
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"I was asked: what legislation would I change if I were PM for a day and why? Problem solving scenario questions re: Real Estate/Property transactions and PI/injury claim. Why DWF? And what I could offer to the firm?"
First year trainee, Manchester
"My interview featured questions about me, my application and my past experiences as well as questions about the legal market. And a few on the spot questions where I had to advise the client on something."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"There was a mix of competency questions, commercial questions, current affairs and questions about my experience and aspirations. On the vacation scheme interview I was largely asked about my experiences on the scheme itself."
First year trainee, Leeds
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