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"We had a discussion on conflicts of laws and football also definitely came up."
"I was asked where I have lived, where I went to school/university and what clubs and societies I was a part of."
"I was mostly asked about my academic results, interests and ambitions. The interview is very informal and just like a conversation."
"The questions were quite informal and were more like chats than interviews."


"In my first interview, we basically just had a chat about our lives and personalities. In my second interview, I was asked a little bit about my CV and then we launched into a discussion about typical financing arrangements."
First year trainee, London
"We discussed current news items, how these are relevant to S&C and its clients and ended up discussing social media advertising. I don't remember specific questions as it was much more of a two-way discussion. In my other interview we chatted about my previous work experience (both legal and non-legal) and what attributes or skills I could bring to the firm as a trainee."
Second year trainee, London (currently seconded to Hong Kong)
"I was asked about the subjects I studied at university and why. I also recall that football was discussed at some length."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked what my favourite subject was at university. It was a conversation where I asked as many questions as were asked of me."
First year trainee, London


"I had a short commercial case-study, but my second interview was more chatty and focused on interesting items I'd listed on my CV."
Second year trainee, London
"General questions about myself and why I wanted to work at S&C. Commercial questions such as what fields I would invest in at the moment."
Second year trainee, London
"I was asked about my hobbies and interests, how I was finding university, what interesting stories I'd recently read in the news, why I wanted to pursue a career in law, and why Sullivan & Cromwell."
First year trainee, London
"I was asked to discuss my CV and how the skills I have picked up on my non-law degree (and in previous non-legal work experience) would transfer to a successful training contract. I was also asked some general questions on commercial awareness, which involved one partner taking out a copy of the Financial Times and we discussed a few of the headlines. It sounds daunting but it was actually a really interesting chat, and much more enjoyable from a candidate's perspective than typical interview questions."
First year trainee, London
"The interviews tend to be quite informal at S&C and often feel more like a conversation with a partner than a traditional interview would. Be relaxed and be yourself, the recruitment team are as much trying to figure out if you would fit well within the firm as they are trying to see if you are qualified to work for the firm."
Second year trainee, Melbourne


"There was a case-study which was quite technical and then some other general, commercial awareness-type questions as well as some questions about myself."
Second year trainee,
"I was asked several commercial awareness type questions during my interview."
First year trainee,
"I was asked fairly standard questions that led to a more chatty two-way conversation than a typical interview. For example, I was asked: What are your hobbies? Why S&C? etc."
First year trainee,
"I was given a short M&A case study to read, which I then discussed with one of the partners. I was also asked about current market conditions. However, the majority of the interview consisted of a discussion about me and my interests."
Second year trainee,
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