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Interview Process

2014

"It is extremely difficult to get a training contract at any firm. The firm runs a two-week vacation scheme and also receives applications from outside the vacation scheme. There is an online application followed by an assessment day. The assessment day consists of a group task, psychometric tests and an interview with a partner."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I was recruited through the assessment day and vacation placement process. The assessment day consisted of an interview with a partner, a group task and psychometric tests."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I started with an application form for vacation scheme which was then followed by an assessment day consisting of group exercises, aptitude tests and interview with one partner. After the vacation scheme I had a very short meeting with the head of graduate recruitment confirming that I wanted to be considered for the training contract. There were no further interviews or assessment days. I received my offer a few weeks after."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The interview process for the vacation scheme was very rigorous and included an assessment day at the firm."
First year trainee, Norwich
"As with most law firms competition for training contracts is fierce."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"You have to complete an online application to start with and then you get invited to attend an assessment day. If you are successful you are invited onto the vacation scheme which is two weeks long and if you impress you will be offered a training contract."
First year trainee, Norwich
"I went through the vacation scheme process; I completed an online application form initially, which led to an invite to a half day assessment centre. At the assessment centre I was asked to complete a number of group and individual tasks. I then went on to a one to one interview with a partner (on the same day). Following that interview I was invited to complete a two-week work placement at the firm. During the placement I moved around departments and completed a number of tasks. Fee earners fed back on my performance, which led to me being offered a training contract for the firm."
Second year trainee, Birmingham

2013

"An application for a training contract, followed by an assessment day. The interview was more of an informal chat with just a few questions on commercial awareness."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"An assessment day including a group exercise, aptitude tests and a one-on-one interview with a partner. Questions focused on aspects of my CV and my view of the firm and where it is going."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"Online application followed by an invitation to an assessment day with group exercises and written tests. Followed by a single partner interview. Mills & Reeve wanted to know just as much about me and who I was, as why I wanted to work here."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I applied for the summer placement for the January 31st deadline - I then had to attend an assessment day in March. The assessment day consists of three parts - a group exercise (with six people), numerical and verbal reasoning tests and a formal interview with two employees. I was very nervous about the interview, but they were very friendly and I relaxed into it quite quickly. I remember being asked - "Where do you see yourself in ten years' time?" "What is your favourite newspaper and why?" "How do you think Mills & Reeve has been affected by the economic downturn?"."
First year trainee, Norwich
"I was offered a training contract after completing the vacation scheme with Mills & Reeve. There were several assessments (numerical/verbal reasoning) and interviews with senior members of staff. I remember being asked lots of questions about myself, why I am interested in law and my experiences to date."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The interview was professional and conversational, rather than a series of rigid questions. The assessment included a group exercise, individual interview and written tests."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"The process is thorough- there are group exercises, individual assessments and an interview. Questions can include "Why do you want to be a solicitor?" And "Why this firm?"."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Application form, assessment day with an interview. The assessment includes a 'break the ice' session, verbal and numerical reasoning and a commercial based scenario that requires the group to resolve."
First year trainee, Cambridge
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