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Interview: Tips & Advice

2015

"When you are applying, let your personality shine through, be enthusiastic and interested in the firm's work and business, don't be a wallflower."
Second year trainee, London
"Candidates need to understand two main USP's on our firm. They need to know what a fund and/or private equity is, not a high level answer, but a general awareness and they need to get what the KWM network means for us as a global firm. It's to assist in cross border, inward and outward investment in the Asia-pacific region and to ride the wave of 'the Asian Century'. Say those words and it will perk up whoever is interviewing you."
First year trainee, London
"Be systematic and logical in the structure of any response. You should be yourself and think carefully about the questions you are asked."
First year trainee, London
"Don't lie on your CV because people have been caught out and lost their job. Be business savvy, and if possible try and incorporate an international element to your work experience (particularly Asia)."
First year trainee, London
"There are two interviews to obtain a training contract at KWM. The first is more of an initial chat with an associate and a member of the graduate recruitment team. However, this can involve some technical questions. Be sure to know about private equity funds before having this interview. If you are on the vacation scheme or successful in the first round training contract interview you have a more technical interview with two partners which also involves a business case study."
Second year trainee, London
"I applied with a form followed by two interviews. Keep the application form short and sweet, and be clear and concise as this is a good indicator as to whether you can be clear and concise when communicating with clients! The interview will touch on all the obvious questions (why the firm, why law). You will also have to do a case study and present on it. This isn't scary at all so don't over think it!"
Second year trainee, London
"Tell the truth on your CV - the partners will sniff out a lie or embellishment in the interview. Try and get something international on your CV, as there is a big push towards a global outlook in the firm."
First year trainee, London
"The first round interview is a standard HR competency interview and also asked about your motivation for applying and tested your commercial knowledge. Most people then do a vacation scheme and have a second round interview during this, where you are asked about what work you have done on the vacation scheme and are given a case study which you have around 20 minutes to prepare and then have to discuss."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Know your CV well and prepare answers to standard questions they will ask you in the interview. I think the way you come across in your interview (i.e. body language, smiling, friendly small talk) seemed to be almost as important as the law-related things that you say."
Second year trainee, London
"My advice is to know what private equity is, know what differentiates KWM from other law firms. Also, have an interest in Asia and appreciate that KWM is looking to develop your 'AQ' (otherwise known as Asia Intelligence)."
First year trainee, London
"I'd advise you to be yourself and show intellectual curiosity. The interview is generally quite relaxed as it is about you as an individual and whether they want to work with you. Once you are in the door your academics are good enough and you shouldn't worry about them."
Second year trainee, London
"Make sure you know what the firm specialises in before the interview and research some recent clients/transactions - you should really know this anyway if you're seriously thinking of applying. Also, think about the recent combination."
First year trainee, London
"Before the interview have a good bank of examples prepared for competency based questions and do your research on the firm, ie. the deals, the strengths, the strategy."
First year trainee, London
"I think it is important to research the firm properly and know what their key practices are and recent matters they have worked on. It's also important to be yourself and talk about things you are interested in, especially as a non-law student. Remember that commercial awareness can be much more than knowing about banks and the FTSE 100!"
First year trainee, London
"My best advice would be to be yourself. Personality is a big thing at KWM and they look for people that they would want to work with as much as they look at your grades."
First year trainee, London
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