Interview: Tips & Advice

2017

"There will be an assessment centre and interview. The firm recruits very heavily from its vacation scheme so the best route in really is via that. During the assessment centre and on the vac scheme there will be an assessed team exercise. The 'team' bit is pretty important."
First year trainee, London
"The sector approach is key to all of the work undertaken by the firm so understanding the sectors that we focus on, and why, is recommended. Also, an appreciation of the firm's culture is important. This is easier said than done when looking at websites, but we attend a lot of law fairs and hold open evenings that give the opportunity for candidates to experience things first-hand and are definitely worth trying to attend."
First year trainee, London
"Candidates should focus on what makes Osborne Clarke unique. The best way to get a training contract is through the vacation scheme."
First year trainee, London
"There is a written application and all applicants must complete a psychometric test. The next stage is an assessment day and an interview. My top tip is to make sure you know the firm well."
Second year trainee, London
"Most trainees are recruited through the vacation scheme. The assessment process consists of an application form, group exercise, written exercise and other tests."
First year trainee, Bristol
"There was an application and an online test followed by an assessment day, an interview and then a vacation scheme with another interview at the end. My advice would be to do the vacation scheme as it is a great way to decide if you like the firm and gives you longer to convince the firm to take you on. You will also have some good experience to draw on at the interview. My interviewers were very friendly. I didn't feel like they were trying to catch me out but were trying to get to know me. As always, do your research and think of some real-life examples to give your answers some weight."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The process depends on whether or not you apply to carry out a vacation scheme. My own experience when applying for a vacation scheme is that you first need to submit a written application. You will then be asked to complete an online verbal reasoning test and, if you get through both of these stages, you are invited to an assessment day. On the vacation scheme itself you are required to undergo a number of assessments and there is also an interview for a training contract."
First year trainee, Reading
"Osborne Clarke prefers the vacation scheme route as it is a good chance to see the candidates and to give them a feel for the firm as a place of work. While it is a job interview, it can also be good fun and a great experience, so just go in with enthusiasm and a friendly spirit. Try not to feel too intimidated as everyone will help as much as they can. If you can do some networking beforehand, that also helps. I spoke to someone who worked here before attending my assessment centre, it gives a good background and shows initiative."
First year trainee, Bristol

2015

"When applying you should get to know our sectors, and focus on one or two that interest you."
First year trainee, London
"You should research firm specifics, such as deals we've worked on recently, which offices we've opened and which awards we've won - there have been two big ones this year."
First year trainee, London
"When applying there is an application form, a HR/partner interview, assessment centre, vacation scheme, (including group/written assessments) and a final partner interview."
Second year trainee, London
"An online application form with a verbal reasoning test. The assessment day consisted of a further verbal reasoning test, a group assessment and a written exercise. I was then invited back for a final interview."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Read the website! Understand how to spell the firm name as a lot of people get that wrong. Try and work out why OC is different to other law firms."
First year trainee, London
"It's best to always be yourself: OC looks for people who will fit in with the culture of the firm, so it's important to show your personality. Knowing about some interesting cases the firm has been involved in, or some of the clients it works with also helps!"
First year trainee, London
"I think the key thing is to know your stuff about OC and the work it does. A good general awareness of what is going on in the news, and how it might affect the firm and its clients would also be helpful. Finally, I think being genuinely interested is helpful - though not something you can necessarily prepare!"
First year trainee, Bristol

2014

"Learn about the work of the firm, the sector focus and any recent business developments. Genuinely think about what it is that makes you want to work at OC rather than anywhere else."
First year trainee, London
"Ensure that any application is completely tailored to the firm and has personality. Highlight any relevant experience you have and identify exactly why you want to work for OC - do your research!"
First year trainee, Reading
"Be honest during the application process - don't try to be something you're not as they will see through any pretence. A sense of humour goes a long way at Osborne Clarke."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The interview was very relaxed and friendly, they weren't looking to trip you up. Candidates should show an interest in being in the location they're applying for, up-to-date commercial awareness and a knowledge of the firm."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Be commercially aware, do your background research on the firm, their clients and their industry sectors. Be enthusiastic and relaxed."
First year trainee, London
"Research and understand what the firm is about, where it sees itself at the moment and where it is heading and make sure you show that understanding in your application/interviews."
Second year trainee, Bristol

2013

"Best preparation is to thoroughly research the firm and its clients."
Second year trainee, Reading
"Someone who is academically sound and business-minded, but also who is open and friendly. I would recommend having a good understanding of the firm's sector approach and its international aspirations."
Second year trainee, London
"Those with a bit of work/life experience and plenty of common sense. Read the papers in the run up to interview and have an opinion on current events. Check the Lawyer and Chambers for recent articles and research partners who are likely to be interviewing you."
First year trainee, Reading
"I think that they are very keen to find foreign language speakers. They are looking for friendly, confident trainees who can cope with responsibility."
First year trainee, Bristol
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