What if you want a firm where individuality is valued?

Interview: Tips & Advice

2018

"I would recommend that applicants read up on private equity and have an understanding of how the industry works."
Second year trainee, London
"The interview is very informal and relaxed with no set structure. Just be yourself and, if you're a good fit for the firm, you'll get through."
Second year trainee, London
"There's an application form along with a CV and cover letter, followed by a video interview, a group assessment, a vacation scheme and then various interviews. My tips are to be engaging, interested in private equity and research the firm thoroughly."
First year trainee, London
"The interview process is quite informal compared to other places. It's more about personality and whether you'd fit into the culture of the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"The process is straightforward and includes an online application, cover letter, video interview, assessment day and then (ideally) a vacation scheme. All that you should do is be yourself and be prepared to answer questions on private equity, which requires a good degree of commercial awareness."
Second year trainee, London
"The application process involves an online application form, CV, cover letter and video interview. There is then an assessment day that involves an interview with two partners, a written exercise and a group exercise. My tip would be to do your homework, especially about Kirkland's key departments in London, and then just relax and be yourself."
Second year trainee, I'm currently on secondment in New York but I am based in London.

2017

"Be yourself and be confident."
Second year trainee, London
"I applied for the vac scheme and was then interviewed for the training contract immediately afterwards. There was an online application including a covering letter and, I believe, a video interview. The vac scheme assessment day included a written exercise, a group exercise and a short interview that focused on how I would prioritise a list of tasks. I had four 30-minute interviews for the training contract. The first was with the director of recruitment while the others were with one partner. My best tips would be to do your research and be yourself."
First year trainee, London
"Think about the firm's work and clients before applying."
First year trainee, London
"Research a little into private equity and consider why this area of work attracts you."
Second year trainee, London
"There were the standard-form questions and focus on my CV, followed by a group exercise and partner/HR interviews. The best way to prepare is to read the firm's website as this gives an insight into how the firm sees itself and where it sees itself going. Appreciating that, and the private equity focus of the office, will enable candidates to understand interview questions that they are asked and to respond appropriately."
Other - NQ (end of qualification year), London

2016

"It's absolutely critical to have an understanding of private equity and to understand what services the firm offers."
First year trainee, London
"Be yourself. Try to be open-minded, friendly and confident. Keep up with the financial news."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Candidates should have a clear answer to "Why law?" And "Why K&E?". Research into the firm and our work will help candidates distinguish us from our competitors. Since the London office is geared towards private equity clients, a basic knowledge of private equity transactions and structure is helpful."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong (seconded from London)
"It is absolutely critical that you understand what private equity is and what services the firm offers in the context of private equity."
First year trainee, London
"Make sure you're able to justify precisely what interested you about any deals mentioned in your application. Know the key players in the industry and be able to explain what happens in a private equity transaction. Be yourself - Kirkland doesn't want clones. Individuality goes a long way. If you have strong work experience, really focus on explaining why this would help you in your work at Kirkland and why it makes you a good fit for the job. If you've been applying for training contracts for a few years without success, be able to clearly and convincingly explain why you haven't got one yet and why you deserve one now."
First year trainee, London
"There was an online application, a drafting task, a group task, and three partner interviews (back to back). Make sure you really understand what it means to work for a US firm and that you want to work there. Research Private Equity and recent deals that the firm has been involved in. Show a real interest in commercial law as well as general commercial awareness. Know your interviewers - research their practice areas and work they've recently been involved in."
First year trainee, London
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