Interview: Tips & Advice

2017

"You need to send a CV and covering letter/personal statement. Relax and be yourself in the interview. It's not designed as an interrogation and the interviewers are interested in getting to know who are you."
First year trainee, London
"Be honest. Don't regurgitate pre-prepared answers, as the interviewers will see straight through it and they just want to get to know you to determine whether you are a good fit for the place and the training system. Experience also counts for a lot. If you have worked before or juggled several things at the same time, such as society involvement with part-time work or studies, this is a good way to demonstrate that you would work well in the non-rotational training system."
Second year trainee, London
"You start with an application that consists of a covering letter and CV. This is followed by a two-partner interview for the vacation scheme. Once on the vacation scheme, there is another two-partner interview for the training contract. The scheme is assessed as a whole across the two weeks, though, so the interview is not make or break."
First year trainee, London
"I sent in a CV and covering letter and had an interview with two partners to apply to the vac scheme. I then had an interview on my vac scheme for the trainee position. I recommend being yourself, being well researched on the firm (especially on the non-rotational system) and answering questions succinctly."
Second year trainee, London
"The application process is a covering letter and background detail. The interview is likely to be an informal chat that could focus on a unique aspect of the candidate's background or recent events. The interviewer is trying to gauge how the candidate thinks, so the standard interview questions used by other firms (competency questions) are unlikely to be rolled out for any pre-prepared answers. Therefore, do not go in with too many set answers."
Second year trainee, London
"You need to send an application form comprising a short covering letter. Don't waste words as the covering letter should be very short. Be honest. In terms of interview preparation, think through the standard questions such as 'why law' and 'why commercial law' etc. The interviews are very relaxed and the questions will vary depending on the interviewers."
First year trainee, London
"There was a covering letter and short application form followed by an interview for a place on the vacation scheme. All trainees are hired from that scheme."
Second year trainee, London
"The application process is very simple (CV and covering letter) and places emphasis on one's personal reasons for choosing the firm over psychometric evaluations and other more objective testing. I would recommend candidates think about why they want to do law, why they want to work in the atmosphere of the City and why they want to apply to this firm in particular. Given the focus on the applicant in our process, it is essential to know, and be able to talk about, your personal reasons for wanting to join."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm's policy is to only recruit from vacation schemes. The application process for the vacation scheme consists of submitting a CV and covering letter to graduate recruitment. The firm reacts favourably to those who have been able to attend one of our recruitment events. Should the applicant be selected, they are invited to interview with two partners. The interview wasn't too challenging and I found it to be more of a discussion rather than responding to formulaic questions."
Second year trainee, London
"There's an online application and interview. The interview is a chance for the firm to get to know you and determine your suitability for the non-rotational scheme and the firm. Focus on how your experiences have prepared you for a career at Jones Day."
Second year trainee, London
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