Interview Questions

2017

"I had questions about my work experience and its relevancy to law as well as why I was interested in law and not other careers such as consultancy."
First year trainee, London
"What would my dream job be if money was no object? Why are you suitable to the non-rotational system?"
Second year trainee, London
"My interviewer asked me about the current news, my choice of law firms and why I chose to support my football team. Generally, though, the interview is about getting to know candidates. There is no interview template and each partner has their own style."
First year trainee, London
"What would your friends say are your most negative qualities? What do you do in your spare time? What makes a successful lawyer?"
First year trainee, London
"Why law? Why Jones Day? What area of law are you interested in? There were also questions about current affairs with an emphasis on legal developments."
Second year trainee, London
"How would your friends describe you? What are your weaknesses? Are you more of a words person or a numbers person?"
First year trainee, London
"Why law and why commercial law? What did I study as an undergraduate? What do I look for in a law firm? What characteristics does a trainee need to be successful in the non-rotational system? How would I feel about doing menial tasks like filing? What books had I read recently and what did I do in my spare time? If they looked at my music collection, who would be the most played artist?"
First year trainee, London
"I was asked why I had chosen to come to the firm rather than one of the other law firms in the City. I was also asked whether I thought the non-rotational training was a good system, my opinions on travelling and certain contemporary issues in the press."
Second year trainee, London
"Why law? Why a City firm rather than a regional firm? Why this firm? I was also asked for my thoughts on a recent headline news story and my tips for making a good spaghetti bolognese."
Second year trainee, London
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