Simmons & Simmons

Interview Questions

2018

"Why law? Why Simmons & Simmons? What is your greatest achievement? Talk about a news story that has interested you."
Second year trainee, London
"I had a document review exercise, a group exercise and an individual interview. I was asked about certain items on my CV and what I considered to be a major legal challenge at the time."
First year trainee, London
"There were lots of questions about my prior commercial experience and not too many about commercial law. For me, this showed that Simmons really understood my CV (which was very business focused) and didn't ask inane questions just for the sake of catching me off guard. My interviewers were actually interested in having a discussion with me. Show presence and confidence and be ready to be challenged and express some complex points."
Second year trainee, London
"Why Simmons? What have you seen in the news recently that was interesting and why? What challenges does Simmons face in the future?"
First year trainee, Bristol

2017

"My interview was very relaxed. There were only three questions asked and no strange surprises like 'what biscuit would you be?'."
First year trainee, Bristol
"What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? Why do you want to work for Simmons & Simmons? Where should the firm's geographical focus be?"
First year trainee, London

2016

"Why do you want to work here? Why do you want to become a lawyer? What are your hobbies? What motivates you?"
First year trainee, London
"I was asked for an example of when I'd overcome a personal challenge and what my interests were. What news piece had I been following and why did it interest me?"
First year trainee, London
"I was asked to demonstrate how I had shown each of the competencies in a work or extra-curricular scenario."
First year trainee, London
"Many questions focused on getting to know me as a person. Some tricky questions in the commercial interview about technical commercial terms, my deduction skills etc."
First year trainee, London
"Why Simmons and Simmons? Give me an example of a time you had to work in a team or had to delegate tasks. Why law?"
First year trainee, London
"Various competency-based questions: teamwork, dealing with difficult situations etc."
First year trainee, London
"A mix of some very standard questions, such as why I was interested in law, in being a solicitor, in working in the City, and in working for this firm in particular. I was also asked more complex theoretical questions about law and business."
First year trainee, London
"Why law? Why Simmons? Tell me a time when you have worked effectively in a team."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"The interview consisted of competency questions based on my application form and there was also a document exercise I had to complete."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked to talk about a news item that interested me and then discuss what implications the news could have for Simmons/the legal profession."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked about my previous work experience as well as questions such as Why law? and Why Simmons & Simmons?"
First year trainee, London

2014

"The questions were more about what I had done and what I was interested in doing in my career, rather than Oxbridge-esque cryptic questions."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked a mixture of competency questions (e.g. describe a challenge you have overcome) and financial awareness questions (e.g. what is the interest rate)."
Second year trainee, London
"In one of the interviews there were ethics based legal questions. In the document exercise there were questions on the business of commercial banking in general to see if you understood 'how banks make their money', etc."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked competency based questions about experiences I had listed on my application form and CV. Including the classic "Why law?" and "Why this firm?"."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked what my interest in law was, whether I prefer working in a team or individually, which practice areas I was interested in, etc."
First year trainee, London
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