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Interview Questions

2016

"What are your strengths/weaknesses? What is different about Hogan Lovells? Why do you want to be a lawyer? What is your work experience and how is it relevant to our work?"
Second year trainee, London
"Standard interview questions relating to why Hogan Lovells, why a career in law etc. Various commercial awareness points including questions about banking reform and securities. Some legal interpretation questions about contract law as well."
First year trainee, London
"What are the three biggest costs facing a law firm and how will they impact on the profession over the course of your career?"
Second year trainee, London
"Commercial awareness question about news I had read recently (I talked about the oil and gas sector); what areas interested me; what my background was."
First year trainee, London
"Why law? Why a solicitor and not a barrister? Why Hogan Lovells? What is the hardest thing you have ever done? I was also asked lots of commercial questions as well: tell us everything you know about the tax evasion of [X], how does [Y] make money? What are the biggest challenges facing [Z]?"
First year trainee, London
"Why I believed Hogan Lovells was different to other firms. The causes of the 2008 financial crisis. Instances where I have worked in a team. A situation that emerged where I faced a problem and how I went about solving it. My weaknesses. Practice areas of interest. My experience in law ie vacation schemes. Extracurricular activities at university."
First year trainee, London
"Imagine you're a client of the firm: why choose us? Why law? What are your thoughts on the bribery act?"
First year trainee, London
"If you were going to set up a new office, where would it be?"
First year trainee, London

2015

"I was asked: If you were working on a certain deal, what departments in the firm would you use? What is the difference between contract and tort?"
First year trainee, London
"Questions in my interview included: What attributes are necessary to work in a firm like Hogan Lovells? Do you have the drive to succeed in this type of environment? Where do you get your drive/motivation from?"
First year trainee, London
"I was asked to explain how the credit crunch happened and how I think the next couple of years would look in the commercial world. I was also asked where I thought the firm should create a new office."
Second year trainee, London
"Questions included: If I had to pick a new office for the firm, where would I pick and why? What legal departments are needed in setting up a mine in West Africa? What do you make of the new tax avoidance scandals, and whose fault is it?"
First year trainee, London
"I was asked about why I chose the firm, recent events in the news and things that interested me."
First year trainee, London
"My interview was genuinely a two way conversation so I could find out more about the firm and so that they could find out the same about me."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked: Why did you study law? Why did you apply for the training contract? Why do you think you are good enough to get a place?"
First year trainee, London
"Most of the questions I was asked were very specific to my CV, but there were also questions involving current news articles and questions asking how I would find new clients, encourage the best lawyers to work here and similar."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I was asked why Hogan Lovells merged, why I would want to work for Hogan Lovells, to describe what an investment fund is, to describe to a layman what the law of tort is, and about the legal considerations of banning head-scarves in schools."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked quite a lot of 'commercial awareness' type questions. Such as "What has caught your eye in the press recently which you think is relevant to our firm?" And "Which departments would we need to get involved in a big merger?"."
Second year trainee, London
"The questions mainly related to the kind of lawyer I wanted to be, and what I wanted out of a training contract."
First year trainee, London
"They were mostly commercial questions about current economic climate. I was also asked to give an example of an interesting piece of business news I had read. I was a non law student at the time and so was not asked many, if any, legally based questions."
Second year trainee, London
"Questions included: why do I want to work for Hogan Lovells, why did I choose to apply there over other law firms. I also discussed, (and was challenged on), a commercial issue that would be affecting our clients."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked why I was changing career, why Hogan Lovells would be a preference above anywhere else, what commercial-related interests I had and what press stories I was interested in."
First year trainee, London
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