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Interview Process

2014

"There is a demanding application process, but the interviewers and HR really made you feel at ease."
Second year trainee, London
"The application process consists of a cover letter, an online reasoning test, a case study interview, and a competency interview."
Second year trainee, London
"I attended two one-hour interviews, one for commercial awareness and one on my CV, as well as having to do a drafting exercise and analyse a commercial issue (all on the same day)."
First year trainee, London
"The process consisted of an online application, some online tests and then an assessment day at the firm which included several interviews and some written work."
First year trainee, London
"The process starts with an online submission of cover letter. Then there is an assessment day including a writing exercise, an interview concerning business issues arising out of FT article and a personal interview."
Second year trainee, London / Singapore
"Application form, personal statement, verbal reasoning test, commercial awareness interview, personal interview."
First year trainee, London
"The firm receives a high number of applications, but once you get invited for interview it is your chance to shine. There is a written exercise, a personal interview and an analytical interview. The interviews are generally conducted by two people - a partner and an associate."
First year trainee, London
"While I'm aware that it's a very competitive process, the interviews themselves were actually fairly pleasant (as interviews go)!"
Second year trainee, London
"One personal interview and one 'commercial' interview, during which we discussed an article from the Financial Times (both one hour each). This was after having completed a three week vacation scheme for which the application process was very similar, so four interviews in total."
First year trainee, London
"There is a lengthy application form online, including a personal statement. I was then invited to complete some online aptitude tests, before being invited to attend an interview. The interview consisted of a written exercise, a general interview and an analytical, 'commercial awareness' interview which required me to review an article from the Economist before discussing this with the interviewers."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"The analytical interview is one of the toughest I have ever experienced - they expect you to have a broad awareness of events over the years, I had to discuss the internet bubble in the 90s and the state of the Asian economy over the past 30 years at length - not things you can pick up reading the FT on the day."
First year trainee, London
"There were more questions about myself and my interests rather than the standard interview."
Second year trainee, London
"Was one of the more difficult interviews, but one of the ones which felt as if they got to know me individually rather than following a set script."
First year trainee, London
"One general interview, about 45 minutes long, mainly about your CV; one analytical interview where candidates read a business article (usually from the FT but could also be from elsewhere) and a drafting exercise."
First year trainee, London
"Personal statement. Essay to test writing skills. Personal interview on myself, my views and my interests."
First year trainee, London
"I had a written interview, where I had to outline the pros and cons of a situation I was given on the day. I then had about half an hour to read an article from the FT and was then asked questions about it, to test analytical ability. I found this very challenging but the interviewers weren't trying to make you feel stupid, just testing the way you think. There was then a general interview which I expected to be be just a bit of a chat about university, extra-curriculars, why you want to work at that particular firm etc but was actually quite a grilling on various grades I'd got at university, and a serious grilling on why I'd chosen law and what I could bring to the firm."
First year trainee, London
"I have been to many interviews, but Freshfields' was the toughest. However, it was also the most enjoyable interview. I felt immediately at ease, so I was just myself. Each interview went over the allotted time as we talked and talked."
First year trainee, London
"Vey informal interview, straightforward assessments and questions. Questions focused more on character and personality than academia and CV."
Second year trainee, London
"One written exercise. One analytical interview - reading a news article and discussing with two partners. One 'personal' interview - discussing your motivations, reasons for applying, etc."
First year trainee, London
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