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Interview Questions

2016

"I was asked my opinion on political issues of the day as well as: who else in your vacation scheme do you think should get the job? What in the news has caught your attention recently?"
First year trainee, London
"What do you think the most important trends in the legal services market are and what do you think the firm could do to respond to those trends? Why did you choose the subject you did at university (if not law)."
Second year trainee, London
"Why law? Why Jones Day? What attracted me to working in the City? Why would I be a good fit for the non-rotational system? Other commercial questions included things like the recent budget and interest rates and if I could change any law what would it be and why."
First year trainee, London
"Aside from some questions about my motivation for becoming a lawyer and my interest in Jones Day, my interview questions were very much tailored to my own experience to date."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked about a relevant news story that was gaining worldwide coverage. Nothing obscure. Not adversarial at all. Encouraged personality to shine through as interviewers know how intimidating the environment can be."
First year trainee, London
"When were you last intimidated? What was the last book you read? When have you failed?"
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked a classic mixture of stock questions (working in teams, greatest strengths and weaknesses), searching questions about my CV (explaining gaps, degrees, interests) and more general questions (sports I play, interests I have)."
Second year trainee, London
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