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Interview Questions


"I was asked about my work/academic experience and extracurricular activities."
First year trainee, Lomdon
"Questions are fairly standard. They're aimed at showing the interviewer more about the applicant's professional and personal capabilities."
First year trainee, London
"What are the differences between the firm and its main competitors? What are you passionate about? What are the main challenges facing law firms?"
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"I remember being asked how my friends would describe me but also to talk about a typical day in my university/working life. I was also asked what, in my opinion, my biggest achievement to date was."
First year trainee, Manchester
"As well as the typical behavioural questions I was also asked things such as how would my friend's describe me and what are my parent's expectations of me."
First year trainee, Manchester
"There were all of the normal questions about wanting to be in commercial law and why you were attracted to PM specifically etc. There were no trick questions."
First year trainee, Belfast


"I was asked commercial-awareness questions as well as what I was looking for and where I saw myself in five/ten years' time."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Why did you pick your A-level subjects? How would your friends describe you? What are your biggest weaknesses?"
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I was asked to talk about something I had been following in the news. Try to pick something different to everyone else that's related to the firm, its clients or its sectors."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The questions were mostly competency-based. PM likes it when you can show you have a wider understanding of the firm's financials and strategy so be sure to read up on those. Make sure you have an idea of the challenges facing the market as you will likely be asked about those too."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"All firms want to know why you are applying specifically to them, rather than just applying to every firm in the City, so be prepared to know nuances that differentiate PM. An interest in current affairs will be well received, particularly in relation to our global sectors."
Second year trainee, London
"Why this firm? Why commercial law? What areas are you particularly interested in? Tell us about a mistake you made and how you fixed it."
First year trainee, Manchester


"I mostly had competency-based questions around areas such as teamwork, organisation and time management. There were also more general questions about why I was interested in law and why Pinsent Masons in particular."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"I was asked about positions of responsibility/authority that I had held and I was asked about how I maintain control and composure in stressful situations."
Second year trainee, London
"I was mostly asked about my interests and the path that had lead me to law and to the firm. Additionally, I was asked about my greatest weakness and what I was passionate about?"
First year trainee, Leeds
"I knew nothing about finance at the time as I had just completed a sports science degree so I was completely out of my depth and had no idea what to say when I got asked what an institutional investor was. However, the interviewer explained what they were and then asked what benefits I thought there were to them, so gave me a chance to redeem myself."
First year trainee, London
"The interviewer wanted to know what my friends liked or found irritating about me as well as who or what were the main influences in my life."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"Questions included: who inspires you? What do you do in your free time? What is an institutional investor?"
First year trainee, Leeds
"The questions are predominantly competency based. You might be asked about your strengths and weaknesses as well as times when you have shown initiative or teamwork etc."
First year trainee, Leeds
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