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Interview Questions

2016

"I was asked about my interests (both personal and social) and current events."
First year trainee, London
"There are two interviews. In one, you are given current news stories or situations to read and then you discuss any potential issues with the interviewer. So it's about your commercial awareness really. The other is about your CV and your achievements, so they ask you about your skills and any challenges you've faced – nothing too out of the ordinary."
First year trainee, London
"The classics, like why Macfarlanes? I was quizzed on what I would do in different scenarios, such as if I had a moral objection to a project I was asked to work on."
First year trainee, London
"A lot of the standard questions: why law? Why Macfarlanes? Some specific harder ones aimed at any 'gaps' in careers/CVs etc. Detailed questions on previous internships and on future work ethic."
Second year trainee, London
"One interview focused on my CV and interest in law, the other was in response to scenarios provided shortly beforehand."
Second year trainee, London
"Questions about my subjects at A-level and interests outside of work. Quite a few questions on why I was interested in Macfarlanes."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"There was a general CV-style interview and a commercial awareness interview where I was asked how I would invest a large sum of money."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked about my CV; current affairs; was given an ethics question and asked to examine some 'in-tray' documents and provide comments on them."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked general questions about my academic background, as well as specific questions on why I had chosen the firm. My other interview was based on a case study, so the line of enquiry related to that."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked why I wanted to work in law, and for Macfarlanes in particular. I also had to show how I would react in difficult situations. This was alongside detailed questions about my CV, hobbies, previous work experience and my career aspirations."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked to identify why I wanted to work in law, and I had to demonstrate a time where I've shown resilience. There were generally challenging questions with regard to the in-tray exercise e.g. challenging my answer, getting me to consider other points, opening up debate, getting me to think on my feet and show that I can think quickly and speak intelligently."
Second year trainee, London
"Throughout the interview I was given typical questions such as why I wanted to work in law (and for Macfarlanes in particular, which is one of the most important questions). I was also asked why the firm should choose me, and was given further questions focusing on me and my ability to work in a team/what I will bring to the firm/which areas of law and commercial issues interest me."
First year trainee, London
"Here I was given questions such as what are my interests and why did I want to work for the firm. I also had to say whether I've ever lost my temper and tell my interviewer about it. I also had to justify what's on my CV."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Interview questions included: why Macfarlanes? What other firms did you apply to? Why did you choose law? Why did you choose your undergraduate subject? Tell me about your extra-curricular activities."
Second year trainee, London
"There were several questions based on me as an individual, and some asked me to think critically about certain commercial scenarios."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked to discuss three ways in which I would invest £1m and how I work under pressure."
Second year trainee, London
"In the blind interview I was asked to discuss an article from the Economist that I'd been given to read beforehand. In the non-blind interview I was asked about my CV, in particular my time in student politics at university."
First year trainee, London
"The CV based interview focused on my academic results, sporting achievements and gap year. Macfarlanes like to see that you have done something a little different. They are also looking for resilience so try and answer questions in a way that emphasised that trait."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked both commercial and personal questions. One of the questions asked was 'what job would you do if there were no more law jobs available?'"
Second year trainee, London
"My interview questions included: why Macfarlanes? Why corporate law? How would you add value to services offered to clients? Why not choose a bigger firm? Why London? Explain your work experience. Discuss the problems facing firms today."
First year trainee, London
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