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Interview Process

2014

"I had an interview with one partner and then vacation scheme."
First year trainee, London
"Simple interview process - no competency questions, just a CV and covering letter. The interviews are straightforward, but you can be asked anything."
First year trainee, London
"Not a tiresome application process, but a tough interview that makes you think on your feet with a busy vacation scheme full of tasks to assess your capability."
First year trainee, London
"This was the most enjoyable interview process I had. There is no round with HR and partners take their valuable time to assess many candidates straight away. This really impressed me compared to the more mechanic and impersonal processes at other firms. This made me realise that the firm really wants the right people and appreciate individualities (which has now been confirmed). The first interview is almost an informal conversation where some tough questions are asked about anything really. There is then a second interview with two partners which is a bit harder and in which you should expect to be challenged."
First year trainee, London
"It's a very difficult interview process, but that's the point. The partners are fussy; they only want the best, and it shows in the quality of trainees."
First year trainee, London
"The interviews were challenging and focused on everyday issues rather than ones which would have required a knowledge of every story in the FT that day."
Second year trainee, London
"Obviously it's competitive, but the recruitment process is good - one interview and a vacation scheme, or two interviews. There are no pointless tests, but rather a solid and engaging interview. The vacation scheme I did was excellent and gave me as much opportunity to find out about the firm and the atmosphere as it was an assessment process."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"A first round interview with a partner then a second round interview with two partners. More of a discussion than an interview and they want you to show you can think on your feet rather than regurgitate planned answers."
Second year trainee, London
"Cover letter and CV, followed by first and second round interviews with partners. I actually enjoyed it and found it very straightforward and personal. Little by way of CV questions or on competencies, it was more like a chat. I got three questions on business ethics and conduct, and the partner who asked me spent the next ten minutes playing devil's advocate. None of the fatuous HR questions or box-ticking exercises I found elsewhere."
Second year trainee, London
"Questions that encourage you to take a point of view and back up your argument with logical answers."
First year trainee, London
"Interview process was very simple, two interviews in total. The interviews were designed to test your ability to think on your feet and were actually quite enjoyable."
Second year trainee, Paris
"I was given one interview and then did a vacation scheme after which I was offered a training contract. The interview started on general questions about current affairs, particularly focusing on politics."
Second year trainee, London
"Interview process is simple but demanding. First round interview with one partner and then second round with two partners. You cannot prepare for the interviews, the questions are random but carefully selected to allow you to show your ability to argue and reason. The best interview process I experienced."
First year trainee, London
"Covering letter and CV. Two partner interviews. I was asked moral dilemma questions and asked to justify my responses."
First year trainee, London
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