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Interview Questions

2016

"What are your weaknesses? What are your strengths? How do you feel your previous work experience has helped to prepare you for an office environment?"
First year trainee, Guildford
"I was asked to discuss a recent topic that had caught my attention in the legal news, as well as how my degree would be relevant and helpful as a trainee at a law firm."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"Why S&B? Why law? Why corporate/commercial? Discuss a recent business/legal news story."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"What makes a good lawyer? Why do you want to work in Guildford? I was also asked many questions on my previous role as an in-house paralegal."
First year trainee, Guildford
"I was asked all the standard competency-based questions such as about a time I showed leadership qualities. They also asked me a lot about where I'd worked before. There were no strange questions so don't worry about that."
First year trainee, Guildford
"I had situational questions, general business awareness questions and a lot of chat about general matters."
Second year trainee, Guildford

2015

"Generally, I was asked about my interest in law, my previous work experience, my expectations of the job, why I wanted to work at the firm. The interview also covered topical news/legal stories and a bit about my outside interests."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"I had a discussion of my undergraduate thesis and questions such as: why this firm?; why did you switch courses to Law from Politics?; how did you find studying on the GDL?"
Second year trainee, Guildford
"I was asked: Why do you wanted to work for S&B? Why did you not want to work in the City? What areas of law were you interested in? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"
First year trainee, Guildford
"How do you keep up to date with business news? Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years? Why would you make a good lawyer? Are you an ambitious person? Describe a difficult situation and how you dealt with it."
First year trainee, Guildford
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