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Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"Prepare for interview by reading the financial press and having a basic understanding of high-profile financial issues."
First year trainee, London
"Good grades are, of course, essential but the firm hires from a broad range of universities."
Second year trainee, London / Hong Kong
"I would recommend reading into the firm and also reading about what is going on in the markets. It's also useful to have a clear idea in your head about why you want to be a trainee here."
First year trainee, London
"Get a sense of the firm's roots and how it differs from the magic circle. The committee-driven approach makes all the difference in terms of both the culture and your long-term career prospects. In terms of the work, you will be working in unusually small and lean teams. While you may work harder because of this, you will also get better quality work with cost benefits for the client. There's no need to memorise every deal ever done, but pick a couple of interest to you and figure out how the departments in the firm work together to get the work done."
First year trainee, London
"Research, and really think about why you want to apply to, Latham specifically. Show that you have read about clients, firm culture etc."
First year trainee, London
"An assessment day for vacation schemers and interviews for training contract on vacation scheme. Most candidates tend to be hired through the vacation scheme. The best advice for the vacation scheme is to realise that people are picking someone they want to work with. Be sociable and do your work well."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"I would advise participating in the vacation scheme as best chance of obtaining a training contract. I found that interviews here are relatively laid back, and cover a range of topics. You should know your CV well, be prepared to answer questions on degree courses, buff up on your commercial awareness and know what Latham & Watkins' core practices are in London."
First year trainee, London
"Personally I think that it is best to do a vacation scheme first. The application process consists mainly of interviews, so you should come across as genuine as possible, not the corporate lawyer you may think they want. Authenticity is prized."
Second year trainee, London
"Our interviews are very friendly, and mine felt fairly informal. I think the best way to be prepared is to know the firm and what it stands for, and be aware of the world around you - the commercial awareness questions that I was given were very general, and just required broad knowledge of how the economy works, rather than specific knowledge as such."
First year trainee, London
"The interview consists of a personal interview and a commercial awareness interview. You are expected to have general commercial knowledge and can be asked questions on a wide variety of questions, so learn about a broad range of issues, as learning about one or two topics in the news won't get you very far."
Second year trainee, London
"You should know your application form inside out. I found that the interviews have a commercial awareness slant, so keep up to date on commercial news. Make sure you have opinions on commercial news and be able to back them up."
Second year trainee, London
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