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Interview Questions

2015

"I had an interest in energy at the time so questions in the interview were recent matters that the firm had acted on. I was also asked about my academics and activities at university."
Second year trainee, London
"My interview questions were a good mix: from my views on squatters' rights, to who would I invite to a dinner party and why I chose Nabarro."
First year trainee, London
"Questions included those such as: if you were working at the circus, who would you be and why? Clown, Lion Tamer or Circus Conductor?"
Second year trainee, London
"There were a number of competency based questions in my interview, such as when I had to name a time when I dealt well under pressure/had to manage a difficult group of people. In my experience, partners were often happy to chat, so don't be too nervous about discussing anything from school, university, previous jobs or hobbies."
Second year trainee, London
"Here I was asked whether the firm's social media strategy works."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked general questions about my background and my CV throughout my interview. Other typical questions included: why law; why the firm; what law would you change and why, and whether I was interested in any particular department alongside my reasons why that was so."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked how the firm can expand at my interview."
Second year trainee, London
"I was given questions such as: what was your biggest achievement, an example of where I have shown initiative and where you worked in an effective team."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"Throughout my interview I was asked about the answers I provided on my application form, about trusts law (because the partner was in tax) and about my interests outside of work."
Second year trainee, London
"Questions about my background and why I wanted to be a commercial lawyer were asked."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked why I chose the firm and what I could bring to it."
First year trainee, London
"I was questioned about what my hobbies were, and my extra-curricular activities."
First year trainee, London
"Questions varied from my background, to my work experience and other career choices."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I was asked: "Why law? Why you? What will you do if you don't get offered the job?" As well as questions about my CV."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked about my interest in commercial law; my interest in Nabarro; something interesting in the news at the moment; how would my friends describe me; details of degree and year abroad; skills based questions on teamwork and using initiative."
Second year trainee, London
"Questions in my interview included: why I wanted to work at Nabarro, why commercial law, some questions on investments and the interaction of various departments relating to day to day scenarios. I was also asked about what I enjoyed doing in my private life, and about my university experience and my personal qualities/competences."
First year trainee, London
"I was questioned on my views of the legal marketplace, of my degree and masters, of my views on European relations and its effect on European law."
Second year trainee, London
"The interview consisted of general questions - with no nasty surprises! Why Nabarro? why Sheffield? what do you understand the role of the trainee to be? why is commercial awareness important? etc."
First year trainee, Sheffield
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