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Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"The application consists of a written application, an aptitude test, an interview with HR and the trainee partner, and a final interview with partners. I read all I could about the firm along with anything in the news – everything I could find about their ethos and firm culture to see if I fit into that. I also looked into the credentials and any recent cases the partners who were interviewing me had been involved with."
First year trainee, Guildford
"I applied online and then had a vacation scheme at the firm. I then had a speed-dating interview with six partners and a meeting with the head of HR and the training partner. I also had various tasks to do while on the vacation scheme, which were looked at. Be certain why you would like to work in Guildford as opposed to London. Research the firm and its culture and be sure to mention the firm's recent array of awards and achievements. Ask about the international expansion."
First year trainee, Guildford
"S&B prides itself on being a high-quality law firm outside of the City with a good work/life balance, so it's important to remember this when applying. Considering the advantages of working in Guildford and in a small trainee intake will help you prepare for the interviews."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"Research the firm's work and why you are attracted to this firm, particularly in comparison to City firms. Any previous work experience is helpful and you should apply for the vac scheme if possible."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"There’s an application online, a critical thinking test, an interview with HR and the trainee partner, and an interview with other partners. My tips are to be yourself and ask firm/partner specific questions rather than broad or generalised questions about the industry."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"I would advise applying for a vacation scheme with the firm. They're really keen to hire from vacation schemes because it gives you and the firm the chance to see if it's the right fit."
First year trainee, Guildford

2015

"I applied and attended first the vacation scheme before receiving a training contract offer. I would not underestimate the value of getting onto the vacation scheme. Otherwise make sure to be yourself. Any interviewer at any firm will be able to tell if you're attempting to be a candidate you think they want to see. This firm takes an individual's personality strongly into account, so make sure you allow yourself to shine."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"The firm likes to employ people who really want to work here, so it is worth reading up about the firm and using their website to get an idea of the sort of work done here."
First year trainee, Guildford
"The process consisted of an online application, two interviews and an online test. I would recommend the vac scheme as the best way to find out if the fit is right and to be most prepared for the interview (although it's not essential). Candidates need to have a good knowledge of current affairs and business news but also a good sense of themselves and what they enjoy outside work too."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"Make sure you have some questions linked to the firms recent work or something very relevant to the firm at the time of your interview. Make sure you can talk about something in business/legal world that is current and interests you. Try to research the people interviewing you so you can connect better. Don't try to be something you aren't - honesty gets you a long way - no one is trying to trip you up."
First year trainee, Guildford

2014

"Prepare some intelligent questions to ask at the end of the interview as this will be the last impression you leave."
First year trainee, Guildford
"Bolster your CV with as much work experience as you can - it makes you stand out from other applicants. Do your research on the firm - be able to quote certain clients you know the firm has and sectors the firm specialises in."
First year trainee, Guildford
"Make sure you have done other activities aside from your academics as the firm is particularly interested in these when recruiting."
First year trainee, Guildford
"Be yourself - it's important to find a firm that you like as well as a firm that likes you. There are no trick questions in the interviews at Stevens & Bolton so it's crucial to know your application form inside out and have a good awareness of recent commercial goings on."
Second year trainee, Guildford
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