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Interview Questions

2016

"Business-related questions. I was given a legal problem a business may have and asked how to find a solution."
First year trainee, London
"Why corporate law? Why Weil? What are your weaknesses? How do you deal with stress? What does private equity mean to you?"
First year trainee, London
"No curveballs. They want to know that you understand the business and where the firm operates in the market. As well as that you are keen and willing to learn."
Second year trainee, London
"Why Weil? Why law? Why commercial law? What is private equity? What other firms did you apply to? What are the differences between Weil and other law firms? I was asked about a business case study on bringing a new product to market."
Second year trainee, London
"My interview was a wide-ranging discussion covering my interests, the prevailing economic conditions and a recent deal that the firm had been working on."
First year trainee, London

2015

"My interview included questions along the lines of what some people perceive to be the negatives of private equity."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked why I chose law, and Weil in particular, in addition to why I chose private equity."
Second year trainee, London
"Here I was asked how I perceived Weil as being different from other London/US law firms, and why did I apply to Weil over them? I was also asked what I wished to achieve from my training contract at Weil, and where I saw myself in five years' time."
First year trainee, London
"I was not asked anything wacky or unexpected: questions surrounded my motivations and experiences."
First year trainee, London
"Here I was questioned about why I want to work in law, why I chose Weil and some of the usual competency questions, so there was nothing unexpected."
Second year trainee, Paris

2014

"I felt that the interviews were quite organic - I was pushed and challenged, but it was largely conversational. I got the feeling that my interviewers were sussing me out as a fit for Weil, rather than asking me to tick-the-boxes. We covered things like: why Weil? why law? my experience, my degree, my personality and a couple of technical scenarios."
First year trainee, London
"The interviews covered my CV and application form, my decision to pursue a career in city law, why Weil was the right firm for me, current news topics (of my choice), and a private equity commercial scenario. My second interview additionally covered my vacation scheme in detail."
Second year trainee, London
"Questions included: Where did your interest in law come from? Why don't you want to be a barrister? Can you explain your understanding of the credit crisis? Why Weil?"
Second year trainee, London
"Tell me your greatest achievement that is not mentioned on your application form."
Second year trainee, London
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