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Interview Questions

2016

"Why Bristol? What are your long-term plans?"
First year trainee, Bristol
"Competency-based questions such as: what was your biggest achievement? When have you worked in a team? When did you do something wrong and how did you learn from it? I was also asked why I wanted to work for Irwin Mitchell."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Why Irwin Mitchell? Describe a situation where you have had to deal with a difficult situation and how you handled it."
First year trainee, London
"How will you ensure that you strike a healthy work/life balance? Tell me about a time when you had to change your plans. How did you do this? What difficulties did you face? Tell me about a time when you disagreed with a colleague. How did you approach it? What was the outcome?"
First year trainee, Sheffield
"Why do you think you would be a good solicitor? What is the biggest test you have overcome? Why did you apply to the firm? What is your best/worst quality?"
First year trainee, Sheffield
"I was asked who in the business world I admired and why."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"Standard questions like: what makes you a good candidate for IM? What makes you stand out? When have you dealt with a conflict/difficult situation and what would you have done differently? There will also probably be some random left field legal questions just to see how you react."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Why this firm? Tell me about a time where you had to show creativity, decisiveness and leadership skills. Have you ever considered being an accountant? (This may come up for other professions if you had any prior experience in other fields.) Tell me about a commercial event that has taken your interest. If you speak any languages, be prepared to answer questions in them."
First year trainee, Newbury

2015

"My interview for Irwin Mitchell consisted of a mix of competency based and general interview questions."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The interview was predominantly based on practical questions about my skills."
Second year trainee, London
"I was told to demonstrate when I led a team, and how successful this was, or continues to be."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Questions consisted of topics such as: why I wanted to work for Irwin Mitchell in particular, and why I chose personal legal services and not business legal services, in spite of Irwin Mitchell providing both. Additionally I was told to demonstrate when I had inspired others, and show when I worked as part of a team."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"At my interview I was asked to highlight examples of where I had previously worked in a team, and how I had overcome obstacles. This was in addition to how I have worked with difficult colleagues and how I would overcome tension."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I was questioned on my qualities as a potential employee, such as what I perceived to be my best quality, and the quality of my work itself. This was in addition to why I want to be a lawyer, and why I chose Irwin Mitchell in particular, in addition to highlighting examples of my leadership skills, and where I had worked in a team."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"The interview consisted of general questions about my experiences and personality."
First year trainee, Leeds
"There were a series of competency questions, such as a highlighting a period when you worked in a team, and a time you considered two different priorities."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I have seen that the questions are usually based around your own application, hobbies and interests."
First year trainee, Leeds

2014

"The telephone interview questions were competency based - tell us about a time when you... led a team, were proud of something you did, worked as part of a team, etc."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"I was asked competency questions, questions about the firm and questions about my CV and application form."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I was asked about the firm generally and why I wanted to be part of IM/why I was interested in this area of law."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I was asked for examples of team work, of when I'd improved a situation for someone, why I wanted to work for IM and to talk about a commercial topic."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"Competency-based questions via telephone and during the assessment day. More open ones at the final interview, relating to my interests, how I liked the work placement and specific questions on an article that I had written."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"I was asked a variety of questions about myself and why I had chosen a career in law, followed by some competency based questions and questions which had arisen as a result of them having reviewed my CV and application."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Predominantly competency-based questions until my final interview where I felt the Partner was trying to get a sense of who I was so asked about me and my ambitions/how I thought these tied in with the firm."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"As I was an older candidate I was asked about my employment background and my reasons deciding to change career."
First year trainee, London
"There were a lot of questions about what made me tick, my previous work experience, why I wanted to work for the firm and what drove me. I also gave examples of where I had handled difficult situations, worked as a team or solved problems."
First year trainee, Leeds
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