Interview: Tips & Advice

2018

"Generally, all trainees are hired from a vacation scheme. You complete a straightforward application including a brief cover letter and then have one interview with two senior lawyers for a place on the two-week vacation scheme. You have a training contract interview as part of the vacation scheme that feeds into your overall application alongside the work you do on the scheme."
First year trainee, London
"Think about what the firm can offer you as much as what you can offer the firm. It is a two-way process!"
First year trainee, London
"There are no psychometric tests so you can't just learn the Watson Glaser test if you want to work here. Interviews are focused on your interpersonal skills as well as other soft skills that are needed to thrive in the Jones Day training system. We recruit from our vacation schemes."
First year trainee, London
"Be sure to refer to the non-rotational training contract system and show an understanding of what it is and why it would suit you and your character."
First year trainee, London
"Make sure you can demonstrate an ability and desire to manage your own workload and seek out work."
Second year trainee, London
"Cover the standard questions of why commercial law, why the firm and why you. Specifically talk about why you would be suited for the non-rotational training system. For the interview, do your research but try not to sound too rehearsed, and actually answer the questions, most of which will likely be about you and your application."
First year trainee, London
"A CV and covering letter leads to one interview, which in turn leads to a two-week vacation scheme including a training contract interview. Be sure to know about the non-rotational system and think about why you would be a good fit for it. Outgoing and highly driven people tend to get through."
First year trainee, London
"Make every sentence of your covering letter count and let each statement you make give an insight into who you are as a person, not just as a potential future lawyer. Interviews will vary from interviewer to interviewer but make sure you know your CV and motivations particularly well."
Second year trainee, London
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