Interview Questions

2017

"I was given a variety of questions including some competency and situational questions. The interviewers asked how I'd react in certain scenarios and tested me on each answer given."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The final interview was more of a 'getting to know you' conversation than a rigorous interrogation. I was asked a lot about my previous experience and career motivations, which came up in all of my interviews as I have a non-law background and was changing career."
First year trainee, London
"My interviewers made me feel at ease and the interview was less formal than at some other firms I had applied to. It was as much about whether the firm was a good fit for me as it was about whether I was a good fit for the firm."
First year trainee, Bristol
"There were competency-based and topical questions but the focus was on me and why I wanted to work for Osborne Clarke."
First year trainee, London
"There were some competency-based questions. The interview was really friendly and I feel it was aimed at getting to know me personally and getting me to demonstrate my knowledge of the firm. I hadn't done law before and there were no law-based questions. It was more focused on transferable skills, competencies and personality."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The questions mainly focused on why I wanted to apply to Osborne Clarke and why I thought I was suitable for the role."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"There were general competency questions and also questions that related specifically to the firm. Candidates should do their research before the interview."
First year trainee, Reading
"There were no unusual or unexpected questions. There were the usual questions about the firm, about me and why I had chosen law. As I applied to Bristol, the firm wanted to understand why I wanted to train there. They also asked a number of questions about the sectors that we work with and also some ethical questions."
Second year trainee, Bristol

2014

"I was asked a number of competency based questions and I remember a lot of questions focused on how I think i.e. how I make decisions, how I prioritise work, etc. I was also asked about my links to the geographical location and my knowledge of the firm and what I had to offer the firm."
First year trainee, Reading
"I was asked: why law? Why Osborne Clarke? And why Bristol? There were also several situational judgement questions and questions related to the competency questions on the application form."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Fairly straightforward questions: why law? why Osborne Clarke? a recent commercial awareness topic and a scenario on dealing with clients."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Questions were the usual mix of soft skills and legal knowledge. They seemed to want to know about me as a person as well as me as a potential trainee."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked what news stories I had been following and was asked questions in relation to these. I was asked how I deal with people, particularly how I have managed a situation with a difficult person."
First year trainee, London
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