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Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"I came in via a vacation scheme so had a half-day assessment centre (one group commercial exercise, one short individual commercial exercise and an interview). There is no interview at the end of the vacation scheme."
Second year trainee, London
"Attend an open day or networking event at the firm before your interview if you can. Read the website thoroughly to get a good idea of the latest news and trends affecting the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Make sure you know the firm inside and out as well as its current structure and its strategy going forward. This is a firm with a very unique character so be sure this fits you by doing your research."
First year trainee, London
"Look at the firm's publications (not just graduate-facing ones) and try to work out where and how we are positioning ourselves with regards to the market and what makes us different. Pick some practice areas that interest you and be prepared to talk about them."
First year trainee, London
"Interview and group exercise. Don't be too overbearing in the group exercise. Be enthusiastic but listen to other people's ideas."
Second year trainee, London
"The application process consists of a written application and then an assessment centre. Candidates would be wise to heavily research the firm and general commercial issues."
Second year trainee, London
"Be yourself. People not only want you to produce high-quality work but they also want to enjoy working with you every day."
First year trainee, London
"My best tip would be to apply for the vacation scheme as most recruits come through that process. Enthusiasm is greatly valued."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The application process consists of a application form and assessment day which has two commercial exercises and an hour long interview. Candidates should make sure they are up to date with the business news and just be themselves."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has a vacation scheme, which is usually a way to start, followed by an interview. I believe that the firm is looking for candidates with a secure grasp of the business world, confidence (but not arrogance) and a very friendly, positive attitude."
First year trainee, London
"There is an assessment centre and interview when applying at Taylor Wessing, and you should read up on recent commercial deals."
Second year trainee, London
"You need to know about Taylor Wessing itself and what differentiates it from other firms. The interview was very commercially focused so thinking about business issues specifically, rather than black letter law."
First year trainee, London
"You should research the firm as much as possible, and remember the firm's values, and how they might impact on what the firm is looking for."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Practise competency questions; get examples of when you have worked in a team, worked through a difficult situation, etc. Make sure you have a good answer to why this firm and why law."
First year trainee, London
"Make sure you know the firm inside out and back to front. Look at key deals they have been involved with. Demonstrate commitment to law through work experience, etc."
Second year trainee, London
"Don't just have generic interview answers ready; think about what you are being asked and why you are giving the response you are."
First year trainee, London
"Do your research on the firm and keep up-to-date with the financial/commercial news."
First year trainee, London
"Be yourself - confidence and friendliness always mark a good candidate out from a bad one."
First year trainee, London
"Try not to be too boring, be professional but don't be afraid to express yourself to make yourself stand out."
First year trainee, london
"Tailor your responses to the firm - don't copy and paste answers as it is incredibly obvious. Try to be yourself as much as possible as the firm prides itself on hiring well-rounded individuals. This will come out more if you avoid giving answers you think the firm wants you to give."
Second year trainee, London
"Actually do some research about the firm: read from various sources, memorise clients' names, their deals and the amounts they were worth, etc."
First year trainee, London
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