Stephenson Harwood LLP graduate opportunities

Interview: Tips & Advice

2018

"There's an application form as well as an online critical reasoning test, this is followed by an HR interview and assessment day. I think it is helpful to know the firm's profile well, especially in terms of where it operates and the profile of business."
Second year trainee, London
"I would suggest focusing on why you have chosen to apply to Stephenson Harwood and why you think the firm would be a good fit for you."
First year trainee, London
"There's an online application form, a first-round HR interview and a second-round assessment centre. Be yourself and show that you are someone people would want to work with."
First year trainee, London
"A good knowledge of global current events is very helpful as many of our clients operate in multiple jurisdictions."
First year trainee, London
"There's an application form and HR interview to get onto the placement scheme or assessment day for a training contract. The assessment day consists of a partner and HR interview, case study and presentation. Tips: make sure you do your research on the firm. This does not just mean looking at the website but also looking at the legal news to work out what differentiates Stephenson Harwood from its competitors."
First year trainee, London
"Be personable and confident."
Second year trainee, London
"My tips are to be specific about why you're applying to the firm and have an awareness of its position in the legal marketplace."
First year trainee, London

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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