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Interview Questions

2015

"The interview was very organic: it started off with some questions about my background and interest in law, and flowed naturally from there."
First year trainee, London
"Throughout my interview I was just asked natural questions that arose from my application. There were no curve balls. I was challenged, but no one was trying to catch me out."
Second year trainee, London
"My interviewers asked me about my experiences in work and my motivations for training as a lawyer."
Second year trainee, London
"The questions mainly revolved around my university life. For instance, I was asked about my hobbies and interests."
First year trainee, London
"I was questioned on why I chose Freshfields in particular, alongside why I wanted to work in law, in addition to a range of questions about my outside interests and questions on an article."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked why I wanted to work in law as I hadn't studied it. I was also asked random questions like what my favourite book was, so the interview kept me on my toes in this way."
First year trainee, London
"Questions about my motivation for the career came in my interview, alongside more discursive questions about an article from The Economist."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked why I wanted to follow this particular path in law: to be a solicitor and not a barrister. This was in addition to what would make me a good trainee, and how I would feel about not being able to maintain as many extra-curricular interests, as I would be going from a 37 hour week to a 90 hour week."
Second year trainee, London
"In the general interview I was asked about my studies, my interests and why I had chosen law/the firm. The article interview tested my general commercial awareness."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I was asked: "Do you think x is a good investment opportunity?" and "What do you offer that other candidates don't?""
Second year trainee, London
"Why law? Why Freshfields? Why do you want to be a solicitor? What value does a solicitor bring to a business person? etc. There were also other general questions about my CV, hobbies, etc."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked about a commercial situation (given background reading in advance) and then in a separate interview, asked more about yourself and your interests."
First year trainee, London
"The first interview was mainly about the article I was asked to read beforehand, although there were also some general commercial awareness and maths questions too. The second was based on my personal statement (general questions e.g. why law, why a solicitor, why Freshfields, and examples of attributes)."
Second year trainee, London
"The questions I was asked centred around my application. The interviewers were really trying to get a more comprehensive understanding of who I was as an individual and whether I would be a good fit."
First year trainee, London
"Questions I was asked included: why law? Why Freshfields? What would make you a good trainee? What is your worst character trait? Recent deal that has caught your attention?"
Second year trainee, London / Singapore
"I was asked: if you were on Mastermind what would your specialist subject be?"
First year trainee, London
"One interview was analytical; questions were about an article we'd had to read. The other was personal and included questions about my morning routine and my approach to a deadline."
Second year trainee, London
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