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Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"My tip for an interview would be to be friendly and at ease."
First year trainee, London
"Make sure you know the firm and be sure about what attracts you to it. It is advisable to apply for vacation schemes as this is the principal method of hiring."
First year trainee, London
"Often reiterated, but very true, the advice is to be yourself in the interview. Qualifications are a given so it's important for an interviewer to understand the person, how they think and how they work. Authenticity worked for me."
First year trainee, London
"When applying, candidates should ensure that they research the firm and understand clearly why they want to apply to the firm specifically and what differentiates the firm from its competitors. It is a two-way process. You need to know why you want to apply to White & Case as well as why they should hire you and why you are a good fit."
First year trainee, London
"I believe the firm primarily hires through the vacation scheme. There is an online video assessment and a telephone interview to get onto the scheme that asks some competency-type questions. During the vacation scheme, there is an assessed group task, a written task and an interview with two of the partners. Prepare for the interview by reading up on current affairs and thinking about anything in which multiple arguments could be made or multiple sides could be taken. Also, think about how any news stories could affect the firm. Have an answer ready for why you are interested in being a solicitor and why in the City. Think about how you can show that the international aspect of the firm is important to you."
First year trainee, London
"Understand the firm's position in the market in terms of both geography and practice areas."
First year trainee, London
"I recommend that a candidate is up to date on current affairs and has read a lot about the firm, why it stands out and what kind of work it has been doing recently."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"The process now consists of an online application form and a simulated video interview (candidates respond live to pre-recorded questions) before an interview with partners in the office."
Second year trainee, London
"I recommend applying for the vacation scheme, rather than straight for training contract interview: it's a chance to see the firm properly and for it to see candidates in return. For interviews, really think about why White & Case is for you."
Second year trainee, London
"You should be confident when you are applying so that you stand out during the process."
Second year trainee, London
"I think that it is best to do a vacation scheme, not an interview. Dress appropriately: some people wore clothes on the vacation scheme that I wouldn't even wear for casual Friday! If you do a vacation scheme, make sure you are on good terms with the trainees, because we are asked to give our opinion on vacation schemers. Don't make statements in your CV that you can't back up - Justin Benson (the GR Partner) can smell CV padding from a mile away."
First year trainee, London
"The training contract interview involves two interviews: one with HR and an associate, and one with partners and/or senior associates."
First year trainee, London
"The application is relatively short and, without having done a vacation scheme, there were two interviews - one with two associates and a person from Graduate Recruitment, and one with two partners. Both interviews felt quite relaxed and were mostly based around my application."
Second year trainee, London
"Be yourself when you are applying as interviewers want to see that you are genuine."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The firm loves candidates with an international background. Furthermore, demonstrate enthusiasm for business on a cross-border scale."
Second year trainee, London
"Be clear in your mind how you might answer certain questions in the interview, and stay on the ball and challenge certain questions if possible."
First year trainee, London
"You should be prepared for some tough, searching questions so as to try and throw you out of your comfort zone; but don't be disheartened if it seems that they are grilling you as it is part of the process. Stay positive and show enthusiasm, and try to show something which demonstrates your international outlook, such as language skills."
First year trainee, Tokyo
"Do your research on the firm, what clients they work for, and any big recent projects. Make sure you know about how the firm is structured and keep up-to-date with current affairs."
First year trainee, London
"My advice is to thoroughly know your stuff about your degree, about the firm and importantly about your CV. Also, prepare some questions for the partners."
Second year trainee, London
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