City scape

Interview Questions

2017

"What do you do for fun? What were you involved in outside of academia when you studied at university? Why did you choose this firm? Which other firm did you apply to? Do you think that a career in law will be too boring for you? Which country or city would you consider going to for your overseas secondment?"
Second year trainee, London
"Why White & Case? Why a career in commercial law? I was also asked to explain my motives for doing various activities that I had put down on my application form."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked about the firm's market position and how it compared to similar firms (especially magic circle). Also, I studied law and German and was therefore asked about my dissertation and comparisons between the English and German legal systems."
Second year trainee, London
"My interviewers mostly focused on my life experiences rather than legal knowledge."
Second year trainee, London
"I am from India and it was my first time visiting London so I was asked how I found the City and why I wanted to work in it. I was also asked why I was interested in White & Case and not a different firm. Further questions were around who I considered a role model and how I found the vacation scheme."
First year trainee, London

2016

"Why do you want to work at this firm? What have you enjoyed most about the firm? What have been your biggest difficulties and how did you overcome them?"
First year trainee, London
"Why law and why commercial law? Why White & Case? How was your vacation scheme? They may also go through your CV and raise further questions so be prepared to talk further about the matters you have put on your application, such as extra-curricular activities or any work experience."
First year trainee, London
"Where would you like to go on your overseas seat and why? Why do you want to be a solicitor and not do another City job such as consulting or banking? What do you think are the differences between being a solicitor and a consultant? I have also heard that people are now being asked how they think Brexit will affect the firm's 2020 vision."
First year trainee, London
"Why law? Why corporate law? What work have you done on your vacation scheme? What sets the firm apart? What areas should the firm look to be developing and why?"
First year trainee, London
"I was asked about my aims, motivations and challenges. The firm has an interest in the person themselves so be honest and say what you feel."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked about current affairs, my educational background and my personal qualities."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"My interview questions include how I would manage with the work/life balance and whether I thought the UK should intervene militarily in Syria."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked questions such as why I want to work for White & Case, and where I saw myself in five years' time."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked to show my capability through questions such as whether I thought I had what it took to make partner. This was alongside questions such as whether I believed in democracy."
Second year trainee, London
"I was given questions about the work I did on my vacation scheme, why I applied to this firm in particular and questions about some of the more unusual extra-curricular things on my CV."
First year trainee, London
"My interview consisted of competency based questions. This was in addition to those such as which departments I was interested in and why and where I would like to work abroad and why. I was also asked about my work experience and CV quite a lot, and my interview was less commercial than I knew others' had been, so it was more focused on what motivated me and about my personal experiences. Every answer I gave required a justification. This is the main thing that stuck out to me so I would recommend practising the reasons why you decided to do something."
First year trainee, London
"As far as I remember, the interviews started off with questions about my application and progressed naturally from there without too many surprises, other than being asked about my favourite film out of nowhere at the end of the interview."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked why I wanted to be a lawyer and what excites me about the firm."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Questions that White & Case asked in the interview included: why White & Case? Why do you want to be a lawyer? What do you think will be most difficult about being a trainee?"
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked several commercial questions and some questions regarding my CV."
First year trainee, London
"There were several current awareness questions in the interview, as well as questions on why I wanted to study law, and why I wanted to be part of the firm."
First year trainee, London
"The interviewer asked me questions about why I didn't get into X other firm and what I thought I would be doing in five years."
First year trainee, London
"I foud that my interview was more personal than academic. I was asked the usual questions regarding my university choice and the other firms that I was applying to. However, the vast majority of time was spent on getting to know me as an individual and where my ambitions and goals lay."
Second year trainee, London
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