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Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"Read up on the strategy of the firm; be prepared to talk about our sector focus and key growth markets. Think about your previous experience in order to back up your answers to competency questions. Be commercially aware. This doesn't mean reading the Financial Times back to front everyday, but having a general interest in business and current events that law firms like S&S and our clients may be dealing with."
Second year trainee, London
"The process consists of an application form, online tests, video interview, and an assessment centre. The best advice for the interview and assessment centre is to just be yourself."
First year trainee, London
"Assessment process consists of a competency interview, a written exercise and a document exercise. You will do some group exercises to assess your ability to work in a team with other people and to reach group conclusions."
First year trainee, London
"Research the firm well and make sure you can answer questions specifically about Simmons & Simmons rather than just any top 20 law firm. Ensure you make no spelling mistakes; do not give them an excuse to bin your application. Try to show your personality."
First year trainee, London
"Understand commercial trends and watch the news. Most importantly, know what it is that you are interested in. I feel like candidates who have interests outside of law and can talk about them confidently have a better edge than candidates who only focus on commercial awareness and the law in general."
First year trainee, London
"The assessment day consists of an interview, a written exercise, a commercial exercise and a team exercise. I would prepare by looking on the firm's website and trying to understand its strategy and strengths."
Second year trainee, London
"Competency interviews, written exercise, document and group exercises. Honestly, the main thing for the interviews is to relax and be yourself. The firm is looking for talented people, but talented people who fit with the culture and would get on well in the firm. Best to just be yourself, and have a chance to figure out if that is you."
First year trainee, London
"I would advise that people research our key sectors as this is something that we strongly believe in and orientate the firm around. If you can demonstrate your interest in these sectors and explain how you would fit into the firm's strategy, that will stand you in good stead. Read broadly around the trends affecting our key sectors/main clients, as well as recent deals that the firm has published."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong
"Read the financial press, in particular the Financial Times and the Economist. You don't have to understand every aspect of the developments they cover, but it will help immensely if you can become familiar with the language and concepts they describe. In addition, read up about the firm and its core businesses, culture, plans and rivals."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Before the interview make sure you understand what Simmons & Simmons is about and that you are able to clearly show why you want to undertake a training contract here."
Second year trainee, London
"Ensure you know what the firm is looking for in its trainees. Learning examples of when you have demonstrated the specific competencies referred to throughout the grad recruitment webpages is a good way to demonstrate this."
First year trainee, London
"The best way to prepare is to brush up on your commercial awareness and your knowledge of the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Before the interview read the FT and re-read your application form several times."
First year trainee, London
"For me the process consisted of an application form, a Watson Glazer test, and an assessment day. Be genuine throughout - there is no one type of person they are looking for. Read the FT and be prepared to discuss any gaps in your CV."
First year trainee, London
"When it comes to the interview, have a general knowledge of the workings of the City, make sure you have answers/examples ready for competency questions."
Second year trainee, London
"Think about the sector focus and how it is integrated into Simmons. Make sure you think about the business angles as Simmons is big on ensuring their lawyers don't just know the law, but also understand the commercial impact and practicalities of applying the law."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Do your research and have a good reason for applying to Simmons & Simmons."
Second year trainee, London
"The best preparation is knowing your CV. Additionally, look at financial papers and try to get a feel for how the financial system works, at the very least know what a bond/a fund is."
Second year trainee, London
"Actually research the firm and why it is different (e.g. focus on funds, client sector, MBA). A lot of candidates have a very superficial knowledge which is easy to spot."
Second year trainee, London
"Research how Simmons & Simmons sees itself as different. Think of a number of challenging or interesting situations you have been in to answer the competency questions."
First year trainee, London
"Come prepared with your own questions that show you have an interest in the firm. Try to strike up a genuine dialogue with one of your interviewers, (by knowing something about their department or a department you're interested in for example), this will help make an impression and break the ice. Know the firm's unique selling points and have your own personal reasons as to why those unique points are why you want to join the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Be sure to read the business news in the lead up to the interview and be able to comment on a story that caught your interest if asked."
Second year trainee, London
"Make sure you can answer competency questions in a well structured manner and be aware of the latest news and general trends in financial/legal press."
First year trainee, London
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