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Interview Questions

2016

"The majority of questions were based on my application form. Other questions related to how I worked in a team, why I'd chosen a career in the law, what I considered one of my weaknesses. While there are traditional interview questions, the interview largely focuses on getting to know you as an individual."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"I was asked further questions regarding my application and CV ie requesting additional information on specific points. I was asked one or two business-related questions regarding which of my firm's specialisms had been hit hardest by the recession and also about my future plans/ambitions."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"Dedication to the local area of the office, commercial awareness questions relating to current events and impacts on different departments in the firm."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"I was asked all about my application and generally about my interests outside of the workplace."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Why do you want to be a lawyer? What attracted you about Mills & Reeve?"
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Lots of current affairs questions mainly."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"I remember being grilled by the partner as I had used the same example a couple of times to answer her questions. Come prepared!"
Second year trainee, Cambridge

2015

"I had not studied law at the stage of my interview so questions were based on the information I had given in my application form (i.e. my academic history, extra-curricular activities and interests) and my career aspirations. I was also asked about which areas of law interested me and also current affairs."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"I was asked: Why this locality? What do you think we are looking for in a trainee?"
First year trainee, Norwich
"Most of my questions were asking me to elaborate on what I had said in my application, and discussion of current affairs to see whether I had a good grasp on the issues."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"My interview was largely a "getting to know you" type of interview but I think it can depend on which partner you are being interviewed by."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"Questions were mainly based on my application form, exploring further my background and motivations. One question was to give an example of having dealt with a difficult person."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"Questions included: What sources would you use to find out about a new client before you meet them face to face? Tell me about your year abroad?"
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Questions mainly related to the contents of the application form e.g. how you work in a team, how you have overcome difficulties, discussing how you made something happen, etc. Other questions included where you see yourself in five years, why you have chosen to apply at Mills & Reeve and areas of law that interest you and why. The interview was very informal."
Second year trainee, Norwich

2014

"I was asked several competency questions as well as generally about my degree, interests and hobbies. It felt more of an informal chat rather than an interview which made me feel much more at ease."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"During my interview I was asked what skills could I bring to the role."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"I was asked various questions including reason for choosing degree subject, Also "Have you ever worked with a difficult person and how did you deal with them?"."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Asked about my degree - what I enjoyed. Why law? What I am doing at the moment, (was working in London so asked about the work and my perceptions of a think tank). What I enjoy to do outside of the office. Most of the questions were natural and facilitated a lively conversation rather than just sticking to what I said in my application form."
First year trainee, Norwich
"What is my favourite newspaper and why, what effect the recession had on law firms, where I see myself in ten years' time, what I think the firm's vision of 'infectious ambition' means."
Second year trainee, Norwich
"Usual questions on why law, why this firm and general discussion about my CV. Surprisingly, there was not much discussion of current commercial stories. The interview was fairly relaxed."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"It felt more of an informal chat than a formal interview. Questions asked related to recent work, why Mills & Reeve and my achievements."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"The interview asked me various questions about my understanding of the legal market, my understanding of the firm and why I chose it to apply to, why I wanted to be in law, how I was suited to law, what made me stand out from other candidates, what experience I could bring to the role."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
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