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Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"Know your CV and your application inside out. Identify any weaknesses and be prepared to talk about them."
First year trainee, London
"The application process was fairly easy. I filled out an online application that contained the usual questions about yourself and the firm. It also contains a commercial awareness question."
Second year trainee, London
"There is an interview for the vacation scheme that focuses on your application and suitability as a candidate. Then after the vacation scheme, there is an interview that focuses on your experiences during the scheme. The best way to prepare for the interview is to keep up to date on current affairs, particularly if the story is quite quirky, as that could well form the basis of a question. I would also recommend following a story all the way through and not just having a superficial glance at one article. The depth of your knowledge of the story will be tested. Above all though, be yourself."
First year trainee, London
"Do your research, but not just on the firm and interviewers. It is also really important to understand the background to what goes on in the firm (ie how a mergers & acquisition transaction works, how the financial markets work)."
First year trainee, London

2015

"My advice is to be enthusiastic; be able to talk about what you have put down on your application form in detail; and be able to justify why you want this job."
First year trainee, London
"The process is very straightforward - there is only one interview. Having good commercial awareness may help in the interview. Otherwise, just remember to be yourself."
First year trainee, London
"The application process was very straightforward: one application, one verbal reasoning test, and an interview with two partners."
Second year trainee, London
"Sidley's application process consists of filling out an online application form, completing a verbal reasoning test and a two-Partner interview. My main tip would be to do your research on the firm and try to tailor the answers in the application form to be firm-specific. As we are a corporate/finance firm, also make sure you are reading the Financial Times and up to date on current financial news stories."
First year trainee, London
"There was a written application, a psychometric test and then one interview with two partners."
First year trainee, London
"Have a number of scenarios up your sleeve for each competency e.g. teamwork and leadership, etc. Also Sidley are looking for real personalities so just be yourself, I found that my interviewers were primarily interested in my personality and background - they seem to be looking for down to earth and friendly colleagues they would want to spend their lunch break with rather than pretentious show ponies."
First year trainee, London
"My interview tips are to be yourself! And think about what makes you stand out from other candidates."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"The firm looks for well-rounded individuals who have at least a 2.1 degree. It is vital to have good communication, teamwork and organisation skills, in addition to commercial awareness."
First year trainee, London
"I think most people at Sidley would tend to agree that Sidley does not have a particular fit. Candidates should make sure that they know about the firm without simply regurgitating what is on the website and be able to confidently answer any questions asked on their CV/application. Ultimately, just be yourself in the interview."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"I would recommend that candidates research the firm thoroughly so they can talk in detail about recent matters the firm has been involved in. The firm looks for candidates committed and interested in the corporate matters the firm specialises in."
First year trainee, London
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