Interview: Tips & Advice
"I had two interviews with partners. Be well read and intellectually curious."
"My advice is to be honest and tell them about yourself and what makes you interesting (do you have a special hobby or unusual interest?). The hiring partners are genuinely interested in getting to know you as a person in the interview rather than asking trick questions or setting traps."
"The application process typically consists of sending in a CV and cover letter before being interviewed by two partners over the course of two interviews. The process is the same for both a training contract and a vacation scheme. If you undergo a vacation scheme then you do not have to do a separate training contract interview. In terms of preparation, understanding our firm's practice and deals is probably the best thing an applicant could do to prepare."
"I had to send in a covering letter and CV. I was then invited to an interview followed by a vac scheme. The firm places a heavy emphasis on academic performance when deciding who to invite for an interview. The interview seems to be designed to figure out who would be a good match for the firm, bearing in mind the sort of work it does and the size of the office. In terms of preparation, the focus should be on your performance at university followed by showing that you're aware of the recent deals the firm has been doing and why they may be significant."
"Submitting a CV and covering letter was followed by interviews with two partners."First year trainee, London
"You send in a CV and a covering letter, it's dead simple. If you get accepted for an interview, I would recommend reading a little bit about one or two of the firm's core competencies including project finance and competition. Fundamentally though, this firm seems to be looking for people who they can work with so showing that you're a confident team player could be one of the most important things you could do."First year trainee, London
"The application process consisted of sending in my CV and a covering letter tailored to S&C. I had two interviews lasting approximately 40 minutes each. The S&C interviews were the most relaxed and enjoyable interviews I had during my entire application process to various firms. Immediately after my interviews, I met for coffee in the canteen with two associates and another interviewee to get more insight into daily life at the firm."Second year trainee, London (currently seconded to Hong Kong)
"It was a simple process of sending in a covering letter and CV followed by interviews. Vacation schemes are available but not mandatory."First year trainee, London
"CV, covering letter and a very informal interview that was more like a conversation."First year trainee, London
"The application process is really simple – just a CV and cover letter (none of those time-consuming online forms or tests). The S&C interviewers really want to get to know you, so be yourself and ask lots of questions. Do some research on the firm (and its London office) so you can intelligently answer questions on why you want to work at S&C."Second year trainee, London
"The application process consisted of submitting a CV and cover letter followed by two interviews with partners. My interviews were relatively informal so I'd say you can't really prepare for them, but it would be useful to read the papers and know what's going on in the world and what areas you're interested in working in."Second year trainee, London
"The application process is really easy and straight-forward, consisting of a CV and cover letter. The interviews are not at all stressful – there are two one-on-one interviews, as well as meeting up with a trainee for a tour of the office. My interviews were almost like just having a chat with the interviewers."First year trainee, London
"The application consists of a CV and cover letter to the HR team. This is followed by two interviews with partners or senior associates. I applied for the summer vacation scheme, which constitutes an automatic application for a training contract if successful."First year trainee, London
"The application process consists of a CV and a cover letter and then an interview. My advice would be to consider what makes S&C unique and why S&C would be a good fit for you. The best preparation for the interview is just to be aware of the headlines that may impact the practice and be willing to speak on them. You do not need to be an expert on the topics but having some background knowledge and being able to discuss them bodes well."Second year trainee, Melbourne
"The interview process is as much about getting to know you as it is about you impressing the firm, so come prepared with a good knowledge of the firm's key practice areas but be able to demonstrate why you want to do this career and do not be afraid to ask questions."Second year trainee,
"Before the interview, try to find out about the deals the firm is working on and the type of work the firm does."First year trainee,
"The process required only your CV and cover letter - there were no complicated forms. The piece of advice I'd give is not to try to "game the system" - the trainee recruitment team is very experienced and will fact-check every CV in which they are interested. For the interview, the same advice applies - be yourself, authenticity is valued."Second year trainee,
"S&C simply ask for a CV and cover letter. Do your research on the firm and try to engage with the interviewer. The interviewers here are not trying to catch you out, they are trying to see how well you would fit in the team and so just being personable and friendly, whilst also demonstrating your desire to work for the firm is the best you could do."First year trainee,
"Interviews here are very informal and a large part of what the partners will be interested in is whether they think you will fit into the office. The best advice is to be yourself and feel free to ask as many questions as you like."Second year trainee,
"Try to be interesting. S&C will only interview you if you already have the right academics, so make sure you are confident, outgoing and really interact with the interviewers."First year trainee,
"In order to prepare for interview, I would recommend that candidates read up on the firm and the work undertaken and think about why they would like to do that type of work."First year trainee, London
"The firm looks to hire bright candidates with a genuine interest in commercial law and a genuine interest in wanting to join this firm in particular. The recruiters will want to see why you want to join this firm over all the others."First year trainee, London
"Candidates need to be intellectually capable and a good fit for the firm."First year trainee, London
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