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Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"The application consists of a very short (fact-focused) form and a covering letter. As always, it's a good idea to say why you specifically would be good for the firm. Because of the unique non-rotational training system, it's a good idea to try and explain precisely why you think you would be particularly well-suited to such a system."
Second year trainee, London
"Application process consists of a cover letter and CV. There are no tests designed to trip candidates up. I would advise drafting a well-structured letter, clearly avoiding any typos, and trying to stand out a little from the crowd."
First year trainee, London
"Be prepared to have good answers about the obvious questions like 'why law?' and 'why Jones Day?'. Also remember our training system is different and be prepared to justify why you want to train in a non-rotational system and what attributes you have that would make you successful in the system. Also, asking questions about the seats offered or what seat someone's in is not advised. It's what makes our firm different and should be at the forefront of a candidates mind."
First year trainee, London
"When I applied the application process involved the completion of a short online CV and cover letter. After that, you are invited to interview for a place on the firm's vacation schemes (from which the trainees are then recruited). I would recommend knowing why you want to work at a truly global law firm. Also be prepared to explain why you are interested in training here. Our system is very different to other firms, which gives you a fantastic chance to really tailor your application."
First year trainee, London
"My firm's application process is simply a cover letter and CV. I would recommend that students submit their application early in the academic year as spaces are filled on a rolling basis. The interview process is particularly relaxed although I would recommend that applicants read up on the very different training system here."
Second year trainee, London
"CV and cover letter. The main challenge is to sell yourself in such a short amount of words. The key is to use your cover letter as a guide during the interview and be prepared to expand upon the points contained therein."
Second year trainee, London
"Seriously, be yourself. There is no 'type' here (much as I have looked for it), and the partners are so different that trying to imitate a 'type' may go a myriad different ways for you. Know the literature about the firm. It may not exactly be discussed, but a familiarity with the type of firm you have applied to will put you at ease and will be useful if it does come up."
Second year trainee, London
Our 'Inside Buzz' reviews are the comments and views of recent graduate recruits, giving you a view of what it may be like to work for an organisation. Copyright of all TARGETjobs Inside Buzz material lies solely with GTI Media.
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