Pinsent Masons careers

Interview: Tips & Advice

2018

"PM recruits most trainees from its vacation scheme. The graduate website is very good and sets out what PM is looking for. I completed an interview and psychometric test for the vacation scheme and I also had a SWOT test, a business in-tray exercise and a partner interview."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"Be very thorough in your preparation and research but try not to over-rehearse your answers. Be yourself and show some personality."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"The main tips I'd have are to know about the firm, show a genuine interest in the matters and sectors it works in and make the most of whatever experience you have. Most things can relate to some aspect of the trainee role."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"There's a written application (online) and assessment day for a two-week vacation scheme. The assessment day is an interview, inbox exercise and SWOT analysis presentation. It is broadly on par with other firms of a similar size in terms of how intense it is. My recommendation is to do your homework, be yourself and show a little personality. We are looking for trainees who will fit with the culture of our firm."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Practise your competency questions. Focus on the firm's innovation and strategy."
First year trainee, London
"Doing a vacation scheme is by far and away the best route in. Try to embody our core values (approachable, bold and connected) throughout your time at the firm. Don't be afraid to stand out as PM likes candidates from a range of backgrounds with the different experiences they can bring to the table."
Second year trainee, London
"To become a trainee you need to complete an assessment centre that consists of an interview, a SWOT analysis, an in-tray exercise, a psychometric test and a three-week summer placement (if you go down that route)."
Second year trainee, Aberdeen
"The firm is looking for personality as well as commercial awareness so be yourself. The best way to prepare is by looking into the firm and its sectors and being aware of things in the news that are affecting these areas."
First year trainee, Manchester

2017

"Make sure you're confident with your competency questions as the interview goes very fast. Read relevant news on the morning of your interview and SWOT analysis so you can show that you are up to date. The in-tray exercise requires a practical head so take your time."
First year trainee, London
"For the training contract you will need to complete an online application form as well as a psychometric test and an assessment day consisting of a couple of tasks and an interview. My tips would be to know the firm as well as its vision and sector expertise."
Second year trainee, London
"I was a vacation placement student and that application process involved an application form, psychometric testing and an interview. I think it's important to research the firm and its values for an interview. Also, knowing the direction of the firm and what makes it different helps you to understand what it's trying to achieve."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"Know the firm really well. It goes without saying but don't just use information that is readily available on the firm's website. Try to think about why it is that you want to practise commercial law and why at Pinsent Masons in particular. It is easy to see the various firms as similar entities but, in reality, they are very different so try to isolate why you want to work at Pinsent Masons."
First year trainee, London
"The application process during the vacation placement involves an interview, an in-tray exercise and a SWOT analysis presentation. My best advice is to research the firm carefully. The more you know about Pinsent Masons, the better equipped you will be to link your answers back to the firm and the firm's strategy and objectives."
Second year trainee, London
"The process is focused on you and your skills. The best method is definitely to go through the vacation scheme as it gives you a chance to see whether the firm is for you and it also lets you show off your skills. You then have to do a short assessment for the training contract including a SWOT analysis, a competency interview and an in-tray assessment. All are weighted evenly and are with partners or senior associates."
First year trainee, London
"The firm's application process for a vacation placement consists of a written application, psychometric test and an assessment centre. My tips regarding the written application would be to tailor it to the firm. Show that you have done your research and demonstrate why you want to work at Pinsent Masons as opposed to just any law firm."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Be yourself and try to relax. No one is trying to trip you up in the interview."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
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