Advertisement
City scape

Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"An on-screen interview, face-to-face interview, assessment day, practice group partner Friday. Be relaxed, be yourself, but be prepared. It goes without saying that you should know your stuff about the firm, but HR and the partners aren't trying to trick you. They are trying to find out a bit more about you as a person and whether you will fit into the DWF culture."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Interviews, assessment centres, practice group partner (PGP) informal interviews. Learn about the culture and values of the firm and demonstrate your understanding of them at interviews. Understand the firm's sector-based approach, key clients and services."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Read as much as you can about the firm and its strategy. Also, make sure you have some general knowledge about current affairs and how that might affect law firms in the future."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Application form, video interview, assessment centre day, practice group partner speed interviews. Be yourself. Make sure you have a good understanding of commercial and business affairs. Have a few recent examples of businesses who have experienced difficulty. Have a good understanding of current affairs. Know the firm well, the values, and where we are going in the future. Understand our aggressive approach to expansion and how client-focused all our decisions are."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"Understanding the work DWF do. Knowing who our key clients are and how we operate within the market is a good way to show your interest in the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Read up on the firm's history, its plans for the future, and the sectors it services. Make sure to know the firm's values inside out."
Second year trainee, Glasgow
"The interview process consists of an application form, online web presentation, interview, assessment day, and a final event called practice group partner Friday. This is where candidates get to meet the senior partners in the firm and, as well as being assessed, also have the opportunity to ask questions about the firm and the plans for the future. When preparing for the interview, it is first and foremost important that candidates relax and be themselves. The recruitment staff want to see who you are and not who you think they want you to be. It's also a good idea to have some questions prepared for the end of the interview as this a good chance for you to show how much research they've done and, more importantly, show you've formed a considered opinion on the firm, its clients, and its plans for the future."
First year trainee, Manchester
"For the vacation scheme I completed an online application form, an interview by webcam, and a face-to-face interview with a partner and member of HR. I then attended an assessment centre and PGP Friday (short meetings with Practice Group Partners) before I was offered my training contract. Tips: read up thoroughly on the firm before applying, focus on the firm's sector approach and innovation."
Second year trainee, Leeds

2015

"There is a video interview, face-to-face interview, assessment day and PGP Friday. PGP Friday is basically speed dating with the most senior members of the firm. Be yourself and know why you want to work at the firm."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"Understand the sector approach and how it is a vital tool for cross-selling our services across the firm."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"You should find a firm where you can see yourself working and make sure this comes across in your interview. At DWF you will get involved with clients at an early stage, and this takes a certain sort of person. Don't be afraid to show a bit of personality in the interview - DWF trainees tend to be quite outgoing."
First year trainee, Leeds
"In the application there is a video interview, face-to-face interview, assessment day and PGP Friday. To prepare you should research the firm thoroughly and understand what makes it tick."
First year trainee, London
"Really research the firm, the mergers that have taken place and the processes used which set the firm apart from others when applying. Be commercially aware and research the firm's clients, and think about what issues could affect them. Know about the sector model the firm employs and about the firm's products."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"When preparing for interview it may be useful to research the firm: its clients; the environment and sector in which it operates; its activity in the market and its competitors."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"A good knowledge of the firm is vital and you should be able to provide statistics during the interview. Most importantly, you need to have commercial awareness and understand the impact that recent economic developments, legislation or case laws will have on the functioning of a law firm and its finances."
First year trainee, London
"Just be yourself and research the firm. Find out where they are going and what their future vision is."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"Most DWF offices hold open days. Attending the open days is a great way to get inside the doors of DWF and find out what it is all about. The best way to find out about the firm is to get out and talk to people. Therefore, you have knowledge that you cannot find on the firm's website."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"Read up on our key clients and really get to grips with the unique structure of sectors and practice groups. Don't just know what they are but be able to explain why they are important. Just be yourself, they can see right through any façade and DWF are a very friendly firm so try to show how much you would fit in with our culture."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"Tailor your application to the strengths of the firm. Make it as personalised as possible and try to show case multiple skills and activities in a diverse range of settings."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"Not only do you need to understand the law, you need to understand business and take a commercial approach to tasks. Law is a business and our clients are businesses. You also need to show that you are willing to go that extra mile in your career to success."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Read around the different legal sectors and practice groups, be commercial, speak confidently, draw on all your experiences, even if they are not law based."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Be yourself and make sure that you have really thought about the business side of law. The firm is all about innovation and not being afraid to try new things."
First year trainee, Manchester

2013

"Research is important. Be aware of what the firm does generally as well as the work carried out in your chosen location. Remember that the firm has large insurance and real estate practices and you will likely do a seat in at least one of these, so have an awareness of them even if they are not your primary interests."
First year trainee, London
"Ambitious candidates who are keen to work hard to achieve success. The opportunities seem to be there, which is great, but you will need to work for them, as you would expect. Working out clear, concise answers to standard interview questions and identify any holes in the responses early - you may well be asked to explain them in the interview itself."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Commercial and legal candidates. The business is always looking to gain new clients so those candidates that are commercially astute are favourable. I would also recommend candidates to look up DWF's values and see if they can relate to them because candidates must ensure that they are choosing the right firm."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Show genuine personality and enthusiasm; the firm prides itself on its character and range of skills this brings."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"A candidate with a strong academic background who is also personable, approachable and confident in their ability and future. Research the firm thoroughly and know the client base, the firm's focus and values."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Candidates will need to have a good knowledge of the commercial world. Academics will be taken as a given. Need to show that something which will make you stand out from the rest. If you have little experience at interviews, go and get some before hand as they will want to see someone who can be strong under pressure. They will be thinking "Could I put this person in front of a client tomorrow?" so think practically - look smart, present yourself well and act naturally so they can see your personality."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"Hard-working, intelligent, committed to a career as a solicitor, people with personality who don't take themselves too seriously and who will fit into the firm. Tips: be yourself, know about the firm and how it's different to its competitors and show a genuine enthusiasm not just for being a trainee but for the firm - the firm's view is that they are recruiting 'partners of the future'."
Second year trainee, Manchester
Our 'Inside Buzz' reviews are the comments and views of recent graduate recruits, giving you a view of what it may be like to work for an organisation. Copyright of all TARGETjobs Inside Buzz material lies solely with GTI Media.
Top