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Interview Questions

2018

"One question was unexpected and forced me to think on the spot: 'I want to open a diamond mine. How might I go about raising the money?' The ensuing discussion focused on equity versus debt and the general principles of corporate finance and security."
First year trainee, London, UK
"What is something you've failed at recently? If you were doing this merger, how would you make sure the management and new owner's incentives were aligned?"
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked standard questions about myself, problem solving and commercial questions."
Second year trainee, London
"There were technical questions about the law and standard interview questions. The final question I was asked was which famous person I would like to have lunch with."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked to explain the difference between debt and equity."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"If you were on Big Brother, what would be your tactic to win?"
First year trainee, London
"I was asked very little about my CV. I was given various scenarios and asked how I would advise my client. I had not done a law degree so the questions were aimed at my business sense rather than legal knowledge."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked about a finance case study."
First year trainee, London
"My interview was a mix of technical and non-technical questions. I remember being asked about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and what my biggest failure to date had been."
Second year trainee, Buenos Aires

2015

"During the interview I had to describe a contract to a ten year-old, and describe a trust to a ten year-old."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked about how asset financing works in my interview at the firm."
First year trainee, London
"I had questions around the topic of disclosing information to shareholders; including when to do so, how this could affect the company and why the company might not want to do that."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked quite substantive problem questions. e.g. "You work for an airline company that knows of a fault in one of its planes that is due to fly today, what do you do?". There was relatively little in the way of CV and personal questions as it was more substantive than that, but even as a non-lawyer the questions were pitched in such a way that I had a chance to answer."
First year trainee, London

2014

"There was a mixture of competency based questions and questions about myself, and several commercial questions."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked numerous technical, contractual and competition, and business questions."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked: why are you applying to Cleary? Why do you want to be a solicitor?"
Second year trainee, London
"I was mostly asked questions about me and my journey that lead me here."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong
"In the first interview I was asked general questions about myself, my hobbies and some scenario-based questions (i.e. when have you been in x type of situation?), I was then asked commercial and business-related questions."
First year trainee, London
"It is unusual as they did not ask me about my CV or past experiences, but instead presented me with situations I may face where a client needs my advice and my answers are supposed to be the advice I would give. This requires thinking on your feet and even if you don't know anything about the law, this style of interviewing requires you to think about solving potential problems for a client. It is actually quite fun as it makes you think about whether this type of work and this type of problem solving is for you."
First year trainee, London
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