Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"Research both the firm and the wider legal community. What is happening in the world that might affect Kennedys and how can the firm and their clients do business? Prepare likely competency-based questions and think about what you've done in the past that has helped to develop you into the person they are looking for."
Second year trainee,
"To prepare for your interview, really understand the culture of this firm. Know that we are an insurance litigation firm and express your interest in this field."
First year trainee, London
"Make sure you have good knowledge of the firm as well as the wider issues impacting on the legal profession. If you are being interviewed by someone from a particular department, make sure you understand the work they undertake."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Online application followed by a telephone interview, online tests, an assessment centre and a subsequent interview with two partners at your chosen office."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The online application is pretty standard. Show your interest for insurance law and the developments in this area. Focus on your personality and interests as HR are really friendly and want people who will get along in a team. The telephone interview is an informal chat with HR where they get to know you and your past experiences. The assessment day is very relaxed with a group task that's always fun and lets you show your teamwork skills. I recommend applying for the vac scheme as they recruit heavily from it and it's a great way to get to know the firm."
First year trainee, London
"It is key to research Kennedys and its values ahead of the interview and make sure you can emulate those values."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Be yourself – Kennedys wants people who are able to socialise and do top-quality work. You can't just rely on your academics – you need to have other interests as well."
Second year trainee, London
"The application process consists of a paper sift, telephone interview, video interview and assessment day. I would recommend researching key clients and the growth of the firm in recent years."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"When applying for the regional offices, there is an assessment day and then a final interview. You should do your research about the firm before coming for an interview, in addition to finding out what the partners who will be interviewing you specialise in."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"To prepare for the interview you should research recent trends in the insurance market, and think about how Kennedys could best respond to these changes and make the most of them to grow their business."
First year trainee, London
"Definitely know what Kennedys does..! So many people forget that the firm does primarily defendant-based work, whether in insurance, clinical negligence or otherwise. Relax as no one is trying to trip you up. It's a given that everyone at the assessment day is smart, they are really trying to find people who are going to fit in with the dynamic of the firm. The way you interact with others will be noted."
Second year trainee, London
"Read the articles on Kennedys' websites as this will give you an insight into the kind of cases that interest their clients and the general landscape of the insurance industry from a legal perspective."
First year trainee, London
"Consider what attracts you most about insurance law and research recent developments affected the same for the interview. Be yourself as Kennedys do not take on people who are not genuine."
Second year trainee, London
"Know a lot about the firm and why you want to work here when applying. Also have a good understanding of the work that the firm does and why you are interested in it."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"There is an application form, telephone interview, aptitude test and assessment day in the application process. Don't attempt to be the perfect candidate in the application form, try to show a bit of your character and individuality. At an assessment day, remember you are always being assessed (even between exercises) and should make an effort to interact with both fellow applicants and assessors."
First year trainee, Chelmsford
"The application process for me was three-fold, consisting of an online screening process, a group open day and a partner interview. You should know both your CV and the firm inside out."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Thoroughly get to know the firm, as well as the industry. Kennedys is a leader in insurance, so be prepared to talk about current issues in the insurance industry."
First year trainee, London
"I'd advise you to know the client, know the market Kennedys is involved in, and be yourself."
Second year trainee, London
"It is already apparent that everyone at the interview is smart and works hard; the firm want to know that you are the type of person they can get along with as a colleague and as a friend."
Second year trainee, London
"I believe that the firm select people for personality and they are willing to give people a chance to show how good they are, even if they don't have a lot of past experience."
First year trainee, London
"Research Kennedys' clients and be able to talk about them. This firm lives and breathes the insurance industry, so ensure that you know the firm's various practice areas and what it really specialises in."
First year trainee, London
"It's not about perfect answers here at Kennedys, it's about being a genuine and honest person who is sure of themselves and their direction."
First year trainee, London
"Do your homework; learn about the firm through its website, law magazines and material available on the web. Be commercially aware and always have good credible questions to ask at the end of the interview."
Second year trainee, London
"Be honest and open about yourself in the interview. Intelligent applicants are a dime a dozen, so of those the firm seems to choose people who would be a friendly and hard-working member of the team. This is not a place for posturing and bluff."
Second year trainee, London
"My advice for candidates is to make sure that they know the firm, i.e. what departments they are, and the offices, etc."
First year trainee, Taunton
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