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Interview Questions

2016

"There were skills-based questions as well as questions about my background, the firm and its structure."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"Why law? Why this firm? Why this location?"
Second year trainee, Surrey
"I was asked some commercial awareness questions."
First year trainee, Guildford
"All the general questions like: why did I pick the firm? What areas was I interested in? What did I enjoy during my vacation scheme and what type of work did I do? Why did I want to be a lawyer? I also did a presentation on a hobby of mine that we then discussed. It really felt like they wanted to get to know me in the interview rather than grill me with horrible questions."
First year trainee, London
"Why this firm specifically? What ties do you have to the area? Where do you see yourself in five years' time? Those sorts of questions."
Second year trainee, Reading
"I was asked about the content of my presentation (on a subject of my choice), about my background coming into law and why Penningtons was my first choice."
First year trainee, Guildford
"Tell me about your previous experiences. What pressures do you think Penningtons Manches will face over the next 12 months?"
First year trainee, Cambridge
"How would your partner or friends describe you? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What was your proudest moment? What would you find hard about being a trainee?"
First year trainee, Basingstoke

2015

"The questions in my interview focused on my personal attributes and experiences, and why these matched the firm, rather than commercial or legal awareness."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked the usual questions that most law firms ask: why law? why Penningtons? why did you choose to study certain subjects? Then there were some general commercial awareness questions."
First year trainee, Basingstoke
"The interview was very friendly, and with the expected questions on why this firm and why I chose law. You should be prepared to explain why you are applying to a particular office. I had a previous career so that was explored in a bit more depth."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"I was asked: Will you find it difficult working for a firm based in the UK when you clearly enjoy travelling so much?"
Second year trainee, Oxford

2014

"The interview questions included: What recent legal development has interested me most? What big cases has the firm recently worked on? How do you deal with pressure?"
First year trainee, London
"Some of the interview questions that I was asked were why I chose law, why this firm, what other firms had I applied to, and some questions about my work experience and studies."
First year trainee, Reading
"In the interview was asked questions about my motivation for entering the legal profession, my future career plans, to give examples of teamwork and I was also asked about my understanding of commercial awareness."
Second year trainee, Basingstoke
"Interview questions included: Why do you want to work here (firm and location)? Why do you want to be a lawyer? What type of law are you interested in? What other firms have you applied to? This was followed by various discussions about my achievements which I had listed on my CV."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"During the interview I was asked about my personal weaknesses, what I was looking forward to, and whether I expected to get much international travel."
Second year trainee, Oxford
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