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Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"The interviews take the form of assessment centres. Expect the usual negotiation, interview proper and a unique networking opportunity. Be ready to confidently discuss your CV and or experience. Know why you want to join."
First year trainee, London
"Know something slightly less obvious about the firm than the last deal they published on their website. It's boring for interviewers to hear multiple candidates tell them about the same deal or the same client."
Second year trainee, London
"Know the firm, its work and its values. Properly consider the area you want to qualify into."
First year trainee, London
"Ask HR who is going to be interviewing you. Once you have their name and sector, you should research them to find out what kind of things they have worked on and try to relate your experiences to theirs."
First year trainee, London
"Be yourself and be interesting. You need to have things to talk about that don't involve law/university."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"The vacation scheme is the route to a training contract at Nabarro. While performance in departmental work is clearly important, the need to work well with other summer scheme students shouldn't be underestimated."
Second year trainee, London
"Be yourself as the firm doesn't have a 'type'. They are looking for energetic and enthusiastic people."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees are hired through the three-week long vacation scheme. The vacation scheme assessment day consists of a written exercise, a negotiating exercise, speed networking and a partner interview."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"The application process consists of an online application, a video entry, assessment day and a vacation scheme. You should be yourself, have a positive attitude and be enthusiastic."
Second year trainee, London
"When applying there were 'speed-networking' interviews, partner interviews, a negotiation exercise and a writing task."
First year trainee, London
"I recommend that you read around the firm and any recent deals. Most importantly, you should know why you want to be a lawyer and why you want to be at Nabarro in particular: they will see through any generic, half-hearted answers. Don't try to be someone you are not as arrogance will get you nowhere. The firm understand that you are not the 'finished product', but enthusiasm and a willingness to learn will be what they're looking for."
Second year trainee, London
"I found the assessment day to be great fun and I really enjoyed it. There were three sessions in rotation for three groups of applicants. I really enjoyed the speed-networking session, where you have a short amount of time speaking to lots of representatives from the firm. Nabarro recruits entirely from the vacation scheme, which is in many ways a 3 week long interview! The exit interview after the vacation scheme is also important though, which is with a partner. You should read up on the usual interview topics, but also be prepared to chat - I spent a lot of my interview talking about the TV series Suits..."
Second year trainee, London
"The vacation scheme is the crucial to getting a job here, so prepare thoroughly for that. I would also advise reading up on the firm and coming across as confident, friendly and honest."
First year trainee, London
"There was an assessment day involving an interview, negotiation and speed networking sessions - these are just to get onto the vacation scheme. The vacation scheme is 3 weeks long and involves a lot of different assessment criteria. The firm only hires candidates from the vacation scheme, so be yourself, prepare well and research as much about the firm as possible. You have to know and be able to explain what it is about the firm that appeals to you in particular - consider size of the firm, office locations, core strength and strategy."
First year trainee, London
"You should read all about the firm, but take a special interest in commercial property. Read about the firm's latest big deals and attend any commercial awareness workshops that are available at the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"The interview process was as enjoyable as you could hope for. I had an interview with a partner and one other member of staff, a speed networking session with people from all areas of the firm and a mock case management conference (2 on 2)."
Second year trainee, London
"You should read up on the firm, read up on legal developments and anything that might interest you in the legal field. Show your personality during the interview process - no real technical grilling involved, but if you're interested in something they expect you to explain, with evidence. Otherwise, it felt like the most relaxed and encouraging interview process that I've had to date."
First year trainee, London
"There is a vacation scheme available at the firm. Make sure you know your application thoroughly as they ask you about your hobbies and other information in detail."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Read up on the firm and what it's doing at the moment. Be enthusiastic and friendly. Do not be dismissive to anyone."
First year trainee, London
"I would advise any prospective candidate to research the work of the firm and think what skills they have that could contribute to the future success of the firm."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"Make sure you know about the firm - research, research, research!! Think of an interesting fact about yourself that makes you stand out and try to get it into conversation. Prepare answers to skills based questions that can be applied to lots of different questions."
Second year trainee, London
"Genuinely, be yourself. They'll see through you anyway, and don't be afraid to say that you don't know something - better that than make it up. Also, ask plenty of questions - they want to see why you're interested in the firm or its work. Look up the partner beforehand, (for example, mine was a Real Estate partner specialising in asset management, so I asked what that entailed day-to-day with no idea what it actually meant!)."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"Make an effort to read around the headlines. Nabarro is much more than a property firm. Research areas of the firm that Nabarro are consistently ranked highly in."
Second year trainee, London
"I found that my interviewers responded well when I referred to my previous employment as a bookseller when discussing commerciality - if you have practical experience, then highlight why it's important and how it sets you apart. Anyone can just read the Economist."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"Make sure you thoroughly research the firm and the type of work we do. There have been a lot of recent changes (such as the move to the London Wall office and the opening of the Singapore and Dubai offices) so it is good to be up-to-date on these. I would also recommend reading up on current affairs (for the speed-networking exercise). I would say be yourself."
First year trainee, London
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