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Interview Questions

2016

"Why do you want to move to Kennedys from your current firm? I was also asked competency-based questions and to talk about a recent news story of interest."
Second year trainee,
"I was asked about my views on current affairs."
First year trainee, London
"My questions were specific and about my undergraduate degree modules. They wanted to know how I expected the insurance industry to change over the next 10 years."
First year trainee, London
"My interview focused less on the law and more on me and what I could bring to the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Why Kennedys? Describe the impact of the Jackson reforms. Where can the firm expand in the future? How can we make the firm green? Why are you interested in this area of law?"
First year trainee, Cambridge
"I was asked a mixture of things like: what is your past experience? Why Kennedys? Why insurance law? What are your hobbies and interests?"
First year trainee, London
"Questions were more about my own personal motivations as opposed to textbook interview-type competency questions."
Second year trainee, London
"What important change did you implement in your last job?"
Second year trainee, London

2015

"In my interview I was asked why I wanted to apply to the firm, why I wanted to do law and the topics that I had covered during my degree."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"During my interview I was asked to identify why I wanted to work for an insurance litigation firm, and for Kennedys in particular. I had to think of a recent business deal from the news that interested me and highlight why it did so and show which side of the deal I would be on. This was in addition to naming what I thought would be the implications of the Jackson reforms."
Second year trainee, London
"In my interview I was asked which law I would like to change, and how I would feel defending clients."
First year trainee, London
"There were a variety of questions in my interview that questioned my reasoning for things: why I wanted to work in the City in (insurance) law and for Kennedys, why I preferred defendant-focused work. I also had to identify how I worked best, and show how I would look to develop myself at Kennedys, in addition to describing myself."
Second year trainee, London
"I had to discuss recent events that will impact the firm and show why this was."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"They will mostly be personal questions about you and your CV, but be prepared for a couple of commercial awareness questions as well, particularly anything that will affect insurance law firms."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked what had made me want to become a solicitor, and work at this firm in particular. I also had to express my knowledge of the firm and its clients, and highlight recent developments in their practice areas."
First year trainee, Chelmsford
"Interview questions were regarding my CV, personality and background, and I had to show how I would fit as part of the Kennedys team. There were also more technical questions involving the Bribery Act."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Some questions that I was asked included: why law? Why Kennedys? Why insurance? There were also standardised competency questions and questions about current commercial issues."
First year trainee, London
"Interview questions mainly focused on hobbies/interests, a little bit of knowledge of the legal market/insurance market and about why I wanted to work for Kennedys."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked about my reasons for wanting to be lawyer, what seat I would like to possibly do, past experience, the insurance industry, the current civil system, what I believed would happen in the future, what I believed Kennedys could do to improve as a firm, and so on."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked several generic questions about my CV (i.e. education, history background, professional background), why I chose Kennedys and not another firm, and this was followed by specific law related questions including the Bribery Act 2010."
Second year trainee, London
"Several questions asked were specific to Kennedys as a firm, and my strengths and weaknesses."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"I was asked where I wanted to be in five years, my thoughts on the Jackson reforms, and the cases I had been involved in, etc."
Second year trainee, London
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