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Interview Process

2014

"I had to take online tests, fill out a pretty standard application form and also write a 500-word essay on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. That was very unusual but I think that has been removed from the process since."
First year trainee, London
"I didn't apply anywhere else so I have nothing to compare my experience to. The application form involved a case study - this took a fair amount of time and effort to prepare for. We also had an online verbal reasoning test before being invited to an assessment day. The assessment day included a further legal case study exercise (timed), a group exercise and an interview."
First year trainee, London
"I was required to attend an assessment day of three parts: an exam, a group interview and a partner interview."
Second year trainee, London
"Application form is longer than for many other training contracts and includes a mini-essay. The application was followed by the usual online assessments. The interview and group exercise are conducted over one day. The morning was spent reviewing documents on a case for an hour, followed by an interview with a partner and member of graduate recruitment on the documents reviewed and standard competency-based questions. The afternoon session consisted of a group activity with the other four-five interviewees for that day."
First year trainee, London
"I received an offer for the training contract after my summer vacation scheme at the firm. The application form for the summer vacation scheme is quite intensive, there are more firm-specific tailored questions compared to other firms. The interview process for the training contract involves a time-controlled review of different documents, which you are later quizzed on during the interview. There is also a two on one interview, followed by a group exercise."
First year trainee, London
"I completed the application form on the firm's website, got invited for the assessment day and received a call the very next morning. The assessment was comprised of a case study/marking up a document, an hour long interview based on this case, competency-based interview and a group exercise."
First year trainee, London
"There was a very long application form, if you pass this stage you are invited to take the psychometric tests and, if you meet the standard, you are then invited to a full assessment day."
First year trainee, London
"The hiring process is quite long. The application form was more demanding than any other firm I applied to, and the assessment day lasts for around five hours. This includes a case study, a competency based interview and a group exercise. Although this sounds daunting, candidates should be reassured that the process allows assessors to see every aspect of your personality, and therefore I think it is one of the fairest interview processes around. The firm will not keep you waiting around for an answer - I received a phone call the next morning."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Reading a case, interview on legal points of case and personal background, group activity covering commercial awareness and teamwork."
First year trainee, London
"The interview process at Reed Smith is not as rigid or clinical as other firms. A very personable process."
Second year trainee, London
"Interview largely about my background, competency based questions, nothing unusual. Group exercise on commercial awareness. Discussion with associate about a contract."
First year trainee, Londn
"I believe it is more competitive now but when I applied, I got my training contract off the back of a vacation scheme. Interviewers were all very friendly and not at all intimidating which allows your personality to come across - they're looking to find the 'real' you after all!"
First year trainee, London
"Full selection day at the end of the vacation scheme - broad overview legal questions with a view to assessing your ability to think commercially."
Second year trainee, London
"When I joined there was an online exam, then if you were selected to continue there was an assessment day. This consisted of one further exam, one group interview and one individual interview. We had lunch with some current trainees and were able to get a really good feel of the firm. The day overall put me at ease and it was the most effective day I attended."
First year trainee, London
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