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Interview: Tips & Advice

2015

"Preparation is key. Research the firm well and find out what makes them different to other international law firms. As we have such a small intake, the HR team and the partnership invest a lot of time and effort into picking the right candidate that is a fit for the firm and want to be sure that that candidate really does want to work for the firm. Avoid pretensions and trying to pass off as someone you are not. The firm isn't stuffy and pretentious and are looking for people who are intelligent, professional, interesting and down-to-earth, not full of bluster."
First year trainee, London
"It is a good idea to have a strong understanding of how the legal landscape is changing and how firms have to adjust to this in the coming years."
First year trainee, London
"Keep up-to-date on where the firm is expanding and, if possible, what strategy it is using to remain competitive, for example: new offices, new hires and the emphasis on new areas."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Anticipate and practise likely questions you will be asked. Really try to research and understand Stephenson Harwood and tailor your answers and approach to the specific work and organisation/structure of the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"Be yourself. There is no need to feel like they are looking for an answer - it is more about the thought process."
First year trainee, London
"Be very familiar with your presentation so you can relax whilst giving it off the top of your head. You can't talk about all the elements they tell you to in the time they give so prepare all and then pick the bits you want to talk about in your presentation. You will probably be asked why you didn't discuss the others/what else you looked at. Be familiar with the firm's areas of expertise and the way they market themselves and train lawyers i.e. be prepared to discuss the way they run as a business. Relax and use humour - the partners are generally very human!"
First year trainee, London
"During the whole interview process try to show your personality as best you can."
First year trainee, London
"Know what you've done, know your application form, be ready to explain decisions you've made and don't try and be someone else."
Second year trainee, London
"Research the firm (get to know the firm's strengths, important deals/cases, future plans) - the best way to do this is by doing a vacation scheme/attending an open day, speaking to contacts in the firm or those that have dealt with the firm, reading the legal press and visiting the website."
First year trainee, London
"Take part in the firm's vacation scheme - you will understand the firm's culture and what they're looking for."
Second year trainee, London
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