Interview Questions

2017

"Most of the questions related to my experiences on the vac scheme and how they compared to other vac schemes I'd been on. I was also asked to explain the lifecycle of a private equity fund and how Kirkland services the fund throughout its lifecycle."
First year trainee, London
"Why did you not apply to magic circle firms?"
First year trainee, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
"The interview was very personal and informal. It's all about making sure you're the right fit for the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Why are you interested in a US firm over a UK one? Why private equity? What are typical issues to consider in a corporate due diligence exercise?"
Second year trainee, London
"Why Kirkland? Why not another firm? The questions are more about 'fit' than technical knowledge."
Other - NQ (end of qualification year), London

2016

"Why do you want to work for K&E? Who would you say are K&E's competitors in the legal market?"
First year trainee, London
"I was asked a lot of commercial questions."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I was asked: What is private equity? What sort services does K&E offer (i.e., practice areas)? Recent deals of interest? Why do you want to work for a U.S. Firm?"
First year trainee, London
"I was asked a variety of questions including: What is private equity? Why US firm? Recent deals I've read about within private equity. Why law and not banking? Interests/hobbies. What other firms have I applied to?"
First year trainee, London
"My interview consisted of client scenarios, questions on how companies run their businesses, what clients want to achieve, etc. It was very commercial in nature."
First year trainee, London
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