Interview: Tips & Advice

2017

"The application process consists of quite an intense interview for the vacation scheme. My best piece of advice is to be yourself in the interview and let your personality shine. Almost everyone applying will have a strong academic record, relevant work experience and a plethora of extra-curricular activities. Your personality is the main way to be different and it's something that RPC truly values."
First year trainee, London
"Be concise and accurate."
First year trainee, London
"Prepare examples of times that you have demonstrated certain activities for competency-based questions. Have a good understanding of commercial issues and how they may affect a law firm."
First year trainee, London
"The firm takes huge pride in its innovative brand and its unique culture. Do the best you can to find out the most about the firm, both the work and culture."
First year trainee, London
"There's an interview, a written exercise and a presentation. Be prepared to be yourself! There is no one-size-fits-all RPC trainee."
Second year trainee, London
"Application form, online tests, assessment day. My advice is to always be specific in your answers, know why you're genuinely interested in the firm and have specific examples for interview questions. Be up to date on your knowledge about the firm and think about what you particularly want to learn about the firm from your assessment day/interview."
Second year trainee, London
"The application process consists of an online form, a psychometric test, and an assessment day including a presentation and a partner interview. It's important to really research what makes RPC unique and why this attracts you. Contrary to popular student belief, not all law firms are the same! It's also good to show that you are a well-rounded person. In my interview feedback, I was told that the interviewers were impressed that I drew from a number of different experiences, both academic and extracurricular, to answer the competency questions. Most importantly, be yourself and relax!"
First year trainee, London
"There's an online application, a psychometric test and an assessment day with an interview. There is a recruitment focus on the vacation scheme so I guess this is the final stage for most people. Let your personality shine through in an application. Know how to best showcase your strengths in concise sentences."
First year trainee, London
"Be yourself and try to relax."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"Don't learn every news story and don't over-rehearse your answers. People really respond to genuine answers as the interview feels more like a conversation. Think off the top of your head rather than nailing down word-for-word responses."
First year trainee, London
"Demonstrate what makes you different. Hobbies are good!"
Second year trainee, London
"The application process has changed this year. I believe it consists of a written application and assessment day with tasks including a presentation and written exercise. My best tip is to really try and get an understanding of RPC and what makes it unique from other firms."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Do your research on the firm and think about how you can demonstrate (through your skills/experience) that you would be well suited here. Link every answer back to the firm and stay focused."
First year trainee, London
"Understand the legal market and where RPC positions itself. Ask thoughtful questions about what it's like to work at RPC."
Second year trainee, London
"Do lots of research and, where possible, try to meet people from the firm at law fairs etc. RPC is really proud of its culture and that comes across a lot more when speaking with people from the firm in person rather than just looking at the recruitment materials."
First year trainee, London
"Be yourself! There's no 'one-size-fits-all' lawyer at RPC and we look for unique people."
First year trainee, London
"When I applied, we completed a written application form and a verbal reasoning test before completing an assessment day. On the assessment day, we were asked to complete a case study. We also completed a separate, more traditional, interview."
First year trainee, London

2015

"During the application process you should be confident of your competencies and examples."
First year trainee, London
"The application process generally consists of verbal reasoning, application form, interviews and assessment days. Best tip: be yourself, and ask your own questions to find out about the firm and see if it is right for you."
Second year trainee, London
"During the application process there is an assessment day, with an interview, written task and presentation. You should be yourself - don't be salesman like, so relax, prepare for competency questions, and sell RPC to RPC."
First year trainee, London
"Throughout the interview you should tell the truth: RPC wants to know what kind of person you are and what motivates you, so answer the questions honestly rather than coming up with some buzzword spiel you read in a CV manual."
First year trainee, London
"You should do your homework on the firm and know what makes it different from its competitors."
First year trainee, London
"You should be yourself, be honest and be as enthusiastic as possible about the firm!"
Second year trainee, London
"There is an interview and presentation during the application process. You should be yourself as the firm are really looking for someone with personality. Don't be too rigid with what you want to do. Be open and honest: you may not know a great deal about insurance, for instance, but show that you are willing to give it a go."
First year trainee, London
"You should make sure you know your CV and application inside out; if you have claimed to have a certain attribute, then make sure you have examples to show why that is the case."
First year trainee, London
"There is a business case study and presentation followed by a partner interview. You shouldn't get lost in detail, and I think you should adopt a practical approach by recommending solutions to problems, for instance."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Do your research. So many firms purport to be unique but RPC genuinely are - find the things they do differently that appeal to you and raise these."
First year trainee, London
"Make your application specific to RPC. Why have you chosen this firm? Why do you want to work here? Do your research, find out what the firm is doing, what awards it has won. Don't be generic about anything."
First year trainee, London
"As nerve-wracking as interviews can be, try to relax and be yourself. RPC strongly encourages a down-to-earth nature and expects people to bring their own personalities to work."
First year trainee, London
"Find out as much as you can about RPC and make use of the Twitter pages and trainee blogs for gathering information."
First year trainee, London
"Get up to speed with the firm - a lot of effort has been put into the marketing, development and perception of the firm so ensure that you know what the firm is about."
Second year trainee, London
"Expect the unexpected! Answer using examples that are genuine rather than sound impressive - they reveal much more about your personality and that is what the interviewers are trying to get information about."
First year trainee, London
"Heavily research the firm - HR and interviewers are mostly interested in why candidates want to work at RPC instead of everywhere else. Focus your prep on the manifesto and how the firm sells itself as being different."
First year trainee, London
"Be generally informed on the legal world/current affairs. Come into the office with a positive attitude and talk to as many people as possible."
Second year trainee, London
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