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Interview Questions

2018

"There were a lot of questions about the private equity industry."
Second year trainee, London
"Know what your motivations are and why you want to be a lawyer at a firm focused on private equity rather than somewhere else."
Second year trainee, London
"I had highly technical private equity questions and was asked why I wanted to be at a US firm over Magic Circle firms."
First year trainee, London
"There was nothing technical, the questions were all about my background and personality."
Second year trainee, London
"The questions were mainly about why I wanted to work at K&E and about my commercial awareness."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked to explain the life cycle of a private equity fund and then explain how Kirkland's departments service the fund throughout its life cycle."
Second year trainee, I'm currently on secondment in New York but I am based in London.

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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