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Interview Questions

2016

"Questions about what I would do if a client was planning to do something I found objectionable as well as topical questions on privacy following news stories around the time of my interview. Whatever you say, your interviewer will challenge your view."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked my opinion on the tax rules as applying to large multinationals such as Amazon and Starbucks. Questions tend to be asked that relate to current, relevant news stories with an ethical dimension to them."
First year trainee, London
"If you could introduce one law, what would it be and why? Did you agree with teachers striking? Why law and why Travers Smith?"
First year trainee, London
"A few questions about my CV and work experience. Mainly the partners raised various reasonably controversial topics that we then debated."
Second year trainee, London
"There were questions about me and my reasons for applying to the firm as well as more general questions about current affairs and moral issues (very much aimed at prompting debate and discussion)."
Second year trainee, London
"Whether phone hacking is ever justified; whether companies should be forced to have a certain number of women on the board; whether students from poorer backgrounds should be let into university with lower grades."
Second year trainee, London
"Two of my questions were on the BBC (they were in the news at the time) and to explain to an imaginary client why they should use Travers Smith over a competitor with offices all over the world."
First year trainee, London
"How do you think the City will change in the next ten years? Should executives be held responsible for the actions of other people within their organisation? If it were up to you, would you reform the House of Lords? If so, how?"
Second year trainee, London

2015

"I was asked why I wanted to work in law, what attracted me to Travers Smith in particular and questioned on current affairs. I found that I was also questioned on anything unusual on my CV."
First year trainee, London
"The interviews are conducted by one or two partners. Mostly the interviews focus on 'non-law' questions about social or moral points. My interview was essentially a very interesting, challenging but friendly debate on various social issues."
First year trainee, London
"As a non-law student, I was asked how I knew I wanted to be a lawyer and to work in the City. There were also a few current affairs questions."
Second year trainee, London
"The questions were generally about my background, and then there were some broader questions to get a discussion started."
First year trainee, London
"Interview questions at the firm are open-ended, and may ask what you think of a recent news story or government policy. It definitely helps to be up to date on recent news events so you can speak with more confidence on issues. You are normally expected to put forward a rational opinion and then stand up for it (within reason) under questioning."
First year trainee, London
"In my interview I was not asked any of the typical competency based questions. Instead I was given moral dilemmas and questions that tested my ability to think on my feet, see the different sides of a situation, balance them and come to a conclusion. In addition, I was asked questions that would allow my interviewer to figure out who I am as a person, such as what my favourite movie was."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I was asked questions with a moralistic slant to allow discussion."
First year trainee, London
"The usual, "Why law" and "Why the City", followed by some 'thinking out of the box' questions, such as what would you talk about to a room of 100 people if you were given ten minutes?"
First year trainee, London
"I was asked how I would act in different ethical/topical situations and to explain why I would behave differently in each."
Second year trainee, London
"Moral/ethical, current affairs. No competency based questions. The whole point seems to be to test whether a candidate has an interesting opinion and how they present themselves under pressure."
First year trainee, London
"Questions are open ended and more of a conversation than a grilling. The interview tests how your mind works and what you are like as a person which is far more interesting than rolling out a well rehearsed speech to 'describe a scenario in which you demonstrated...'."
First year trainee, London
"I don't remember the specifics but the questions were challenging and designed to test whether I could think on my feet and respond sensibly under pressure."
First year trainee, London
"Commercial and legal reasoning type questions with no 'right' answer. The focus was on how well I could reason any arguments or statements I made."
Second year trainee, London
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