Training Contract Interview
Whether you’re preparing for your training contract or law apprenticeship interview, this page provides guidance on the different types of interview you may be invited to attend, along with top tips on how to prepare for the day. Given the distinct similarities between the law apprenticeship and training contract interview processes, they are dealt with simultaneously on this page . So why not give yourself the best possible chance of receiving that all-important offer by reading on!
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Legal News - Hot Topics 2018
If your preferred law firm is sufficiently impressed by your training contract application / law apprenticeship application, you may be invited to attend an interview. The interview process can be daunting, so our aim is to give you a flavour of what you can expect, along with hints and tips to help you prepare, get the most out of your interview experience and ultimately land yourself a job!
What Type of Training Contract Interview / Law Apprenticeship Interview Will I be Asked to Attend?
There are three main ways in which law firms interview applicants:
What Will I be Asked at a Training Contract Interview?
For an idea of what you might be asked during your interview, you can visit our page on Training Contract Interview Questions.
Top Tips for Training Contract Interview Preparation
Training contract interview preparation is vital. Ultimately, a fully prepared candidate makes for a confident and successful candidate. As part of your preparation, ensure that you:
- Research your law firm thoroughly! In the weeks leading up to your interview, look out for news and articles relating to the firm and any significant deals and cases that you could ‘casually’ drop into the conversation.
- Keep an eye on what’s going on in the news more generally. The Financial Times or any other reputable broadsheet is a good place to start.
- Read our section on commercial awareness to understand how you can demonstrate a solid level of commercial awareness to your target firm when answering questions.
- Understand and be able to articulate what makes a good solicitor. Be prepared to provide examples of your own personal experiences which help to demonstrate skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, resilience and perseverance.
- Be prepared to explain why you want to be a solicitor.
- Review your application form or CV and ensure you know it inside out! The last thing you want is any inconsistency between your form and what you say at interview.
- Try to establish who will be interviewing you and carry out any relevant research. If the firm’s solicitors will be involved in the interview process, try to establish the type of law they practice, their history with the firm and current level of seniority as well as any recent involvement in deals or cases.
- Prepare some questions to ask the interviewers. For example, ‘how have you had to adapt since the recent merger?’ or ‘what do you enjoy most about working at this firm?’. Don’t be afraid to write questions down and take them to the interview. This will not only help to jog your memory in the heat of the moment but will also show diligence in your preparation and your hunger to find out more.
- Practise, practise, practise!
- Get a good night’s sleep the night before the interview.
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