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Interview Process

2014

"I secured a training contract interview automatically as a consequence of undertaking a vacation scheme at the firm at the end of my second year at university. The training contract interview was more like a chat, which surprised me as the vacation scheme interview had been heavily commercial awareness orientated. The partner and senior associate who interviewed me were genuinely interested in me as a person. I left the interview feeling as though I was not just 'an interview candidate'. There was also a team assessment based on a set of data with the team having to come to a conclusion based on this."
First year trainee, London
"It's a pretty difficult process - last I checked we get about 2000 applications for 40-50 training contract places a year. It is not necessary to complete a vacation scheme at the firm to get a training contract - I'd say maybe 50% of trainees have. I applied for the vacation schemes but was unsuccessful, but I was encouraged to apply for the training contract anyway, which I did. The interview day consisted of a written exercise, a negotiation exercise, and an interview with two partners/senior associates. I understand candidates now also have to complete a drafting exercise too."
Second year trainee, Sydney
"I applied for a training contract. I was contacted very quickly and asked to an assessment day. This consisted of a partner interview, group exercise and written exercise. I was told I was successful two days after the assessment day."
Second year trainee, London
"An assessment day (consisting of a written exercise, a group exercise and a two-partner interview), which led to a vacation scheme. During the vacation scheme there were a number of further assessed group exercises (negotiation/presentations, etc.) that culminated with a final two-partner interview."
First year trainee, London
"I was interviewed at an assessment day, throughout which I was assessed at negotiating, drafting and writing as well as an hour long interview with two partners."
First year trainee, London

2013

"One assessment day - the secret is to apply as early as you possibly can. Late applications are unlikely to get as much attention."
First year trainee, London
"Since I started the process it has become increasingly more difficult, which matches the growth of the firm. As the size has increased, the recruitment process has introduced more assessments rather than just vacation schemes and interviews."
Second year trainee, London
"Interview and assessment day for a vacation scheme, then training contract interview while on vacation scheme. For a non-law student the questions were a mixture of commercial knowledge and CV related questions."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked: "If I was given a million dollars, what would you advise me to do with it?"."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong
"Initial step is the online form followed up by an all-day assessment day. The assessment day includes an interview with two partners and a group exercise."
First year trainee, Paris
"Individual written assessment followed by partner interview. Asked questions on commercial awareness, my passions, my willingness to work overseas, my grades and my CV."
First year trainee, London
"Written application form, group exercise, negotiation exercise, interview with two partners. Questions included commercial awareness about the firm and their main clients (banks, energy, mining, transport etc). Whether I would prefer to be a member of a first team or captain of a second team. Interests and hobbies outside of work. Other work experience. Did I like travel."
Second year trainee, London
"Norton Rose Fulbright is one of the most popular firms for applications from prospective trainees and therefore applicants can expect to undergo a rigorous process. My interview was an enjoyable experience and focussed primarily on me, my background and aspirations, etc. Nevertheless, the process was commercial in its focus and demanded well thought out, reasoned answers to all questions."
First year trainee, London
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