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Interview: Tips & Advice

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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