TARGETjobs black logo

Interview Questions

2019

"There were some competency questions to allow you to show your ability to explain something complex in simple terms and some relating to your motivation to join the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"There were some situation-based questions around what you would do in certain tricky scenarios in the office. Other questions concerned what you would do if you invented something while working at a university, what your perfect weekend would involve and then general questions around experiences at university and school."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked to identify similarities and differences between a product and a copycat product. I was also asked many questions about the job that I had at the time."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked a range of competency and personality based questions as well as free analytical thinking."
First year trainee, London

2018

"I was asked a lot about my life at university and how I spend my time, what my passions are etc. I was also asked some competency questions as well as some questions on what I would do in certain work situations. There were also a lot of general commercial awareness and business affairs questions."
Second year trainee, London
"The usual ones such as why was I interested in law and why Bristows. There were also questions about me, my degree, my hobbies outside of work, how my friends would describe me and what I would have done if I hadn't been able to become a lawyer."
Second year trainee, London
"Why Bristows? Why law? There were also some competency and CV-specific questions."
First year trainee, London
"The questions were a mixture of elaborating on aspects of my CV, scenarios, competency-based questions and broader questions such as who I look up to the most."
Second year trainee, London
"Why did you decide to apply to Bristows? Tell us about a time you had difficulty with a colleague or team mate."
First year trainee, London

2017

"There were scenario questions and then questions about me as a person. They can be quirky!"
First year trainee, London
"I was asked about my CV and why I made the choices I have made."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked lots of questions about myself and also about the Scottish referendum. The interviewers were trying to see if I could argue for both sides of the debate. In my second interview I was also asked about how I would go about protecting a brand."
First year trainee, London

2016

"I was asked about my CV and why I had done the things I'd chosen to do. I was asked what I like to do in London and how my friends would describe me. There was one commercial/IP-related question relating to the different options available for a researcher who had identified the next block-buster drug but had used up all of his university funding."
First year trainee, London
"Why I wanted to do law, why I wanted to work at the firm, what I would do if I won the lottery, what I liked to do in my spare time. There were also some technical questions about IP protection and the market generally."
First year trainee, London
"A surprising amount about my school – what I thought of it, its teachers, opportunities etc. I was asked about a political issue of the time: the Leverson inquiries and what I thought about it. Problem solving eg (x) situation, (y) happens: what do you do?"
Second year trainee, London
"Why law? Why Bristows? Why I chose my undergraduate degree and what hobbies I had. They also asked situational judgment questions about situations you may find yourself in as a lawyer to find out how you would react. These aren't trick questions; just answer them sensibly thinking about any ethical issues that may arise and how you want to come across to a client or colleague."
London
"The interviewers tried getting to know me and to understanding my academic and extracurricular choices. They were interested in seeing how I would answer certain case scenarios and tested my commercial awareness."
First year trainee, London
"Who would you invite to a dinner party? Competency-based questions."
First year trainee, London
Our 'Inside Buzz' reviews are the comments and views of recent graduate recruits, giving you a view of what it may be like to work for an organisation. Copyright of all TARGETjobs Inside Buzz material lies solely with GTI Media.
Top