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Interview Questions

2015

"I was asked why I wanted to work in law, and for this firm in particular, and I had to talk about my interests/hobbies/achievements as well. I also had to show that I knew what quantitative easing is."
Second year trainee, London
"I had to explain one major recent piece of news which would be relevant to the firm and give my take on it."
First year trainee, London
"Questions I had in my interview focused on questions asked in the application form as well as the typical - why law? Why KWM? I have also heard of some people having particularly technical interviews."
Second year trainee, London
"First of all I had to answer background questions on my choice of studies, then I was questioned on the industry itself and had to show commercial knowledge on the work done in City, corporate and international law firms. I then had a case study presentation."
First year trainee, London
"The partners who interviewed me went through my CV and we chatted about things, including my strengths and weaknesses. I was also asked why I wanted to work at this firm and why I chose to work in law."
First year trainee, London
"In my first round interview I was asked why I chose the firm, and standard competency questions. I was also questioned on my understanding of private equity and a recent news story that I am interested in. In the second round I was asked how I found the vacation scheme, and about a commercial news story and given a case study."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked why I chose history as a degree, and why I hadn't applied to Magic Circle firms. I had to give an example of a time I overcame difficulty, and give an example of working in a team and being a leader."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Interview questions asked included: Why law? Why this firm? Explain various things on your CV, as well as business and competency based questions."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked a variety of questions from why I chose certain modules at university to a recent news story. The interview took more of a conversation approach rather than question and answer, and I was also encouraged to give my opinion on topics."
First year trainee, London
"In the interview there were some commercial awareness type questions and why I wanted to be a lawyer. I was also asked to explain my master's dissertation in layman's terms to the partners interviewing me."
Second year trainee, London
"There was no legal knowledge required in the interview. I was asked questions about my competencies, questions about the firm (e.g. what is private equity?), and questions based around the commercial issue you were asked to write about on your application form."
First year trainee, London
"The vacation scheme interview questions were very much about my CV - my academics, extra-curricular and work experience. They also asked me "commercial awareness" type questions and about a news story that interested me. The training contract interview was more about my time spent on the vacation scheme, and the skills gained."
First year trainee, London
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