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Interview: Tips & Advice

2019

"There's an application form, an interview with two partners and a vacation scheme of two weeks. Research how exactly the non-rotational system works and think carefully about the skills it requires. Then think about what past experiences match or showcase those skills and be ready to talk about them in the interview. Be yourself and show enthusiasm for a legal career and for Jones Day. Do not, however, put on a facade as the partners interviewing will be able to tell. The firm likes and values genuine people."
First year trainee, London
"There's a cover letter and interview. Make the cover letter specific to Jones Day as we do things differently (eg the non-rotational training contract) so cover these differences and explain why you are best suited to them/what you could bring to the table. Prepare for the interview by re-reading your cover letter, having a broad knowledge of what is going in in the world (read newspapers etc). Be yourself."
Second year trainee, London
"The vac scheme has a huge emphasis placed on it, simply because it is the way we recruit best. Interviews are informal by nature and you should prepare by knowing how you would fit into the firm and also how the firm would fit you."
Second year trainee, London
"Be interested in the firm specifically and know your own application really well. You could be asked about any aspect of your CV so don't be tempted to exaggerate."
First year trainee, London
"The best way to prepare is to really think about what is different about Jones Day and whether it would suit your career goals."
First year trainee, London
"There is an initial interview followed by a two-week vacation scheme (that also has an interview at the end). I would recommend that you brush up on the firm itself (what makes us different) and be generally commercially engaged. You should also have a good understanding of why you want to do law."
First year trainee, London
"There's an online application with a short covering letter and then an interview. Ensure that you spend time editing and amending your covering letter, as that is the basis upon which the firm will decide whether to interview you or not. Prepare by ensuring why your life experiences and attributes make you a good candidate for the firm and why you think you will fit in here."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is looking for people to work with, not just dazzling CVs and polished interview candidates. If you have something interesting about yourself, tell it and set yourself apart. The firm really doesn't like people that want to show off and be the loudest so maybe look elsewhere if that is the kind of firm culture you want to be part of."
First year trainee, London

2018

"Generally, all trainees are hired from a vacation scheme. You complete a straightforward application including a brief cover letter and then have one interview with two senior lawyers for a place on the two-week vacation scheme. You have a training contract interview as part of the vacation scheme that feeds into your overall application alongside the work you do on the scheme."
First year trainee, London
"Think about what the firm can offer you as much as what you can offer the firm. It is a two-way process!"
First year trainee, London
"There are no psychometric tests so you can't just learn the Watson Glaser test if you want to work here. Interviews are focused on your interpersonal skills as well as other soft skills that are needed to thrive in the Jones Day training system. We recruit from our vacation schemes."
First year trainee, London
"Be sure to refer to the non-rotational training contract system and show an understanding of what it is and why it would suit you and your character."
First year trainee, London
"Make sure you can demonstrate an ability and desire to manage your own workload and seek out work."
Second year trainee, London
"Cover the standard questions of why commercial law, why the firm and why you. Specifically talk about why you would be suited for the non-rotational training system. For the interview, do your research but try not to sound too rehearsed, and actually answer the questions, most of which will likely be about you and your application."
First year trainee, London
"A CV and covering letter leads to one interview, which in turn leads to a two-week vacation scheme including a training contract interview. Be sure to know about the non-rotational system and think about why you would be a good fit for it. Outgoing and highly driven people tend to get through."
First year trainee, London
"Make every sentence of your covering letter count and let each statement you make give an insight into who you are as a person, not just as a potential future lawyer. Interviews will vary from interviewer to interviewer but make sure you know your CV and motivations particularly well."
Second year trainee, London
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