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Goodwin
Trainee Solicitor was asked...6 October 2017

Why would you want to join a firm such as Goodwin?

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I am interested out state working

I interested your company

How old are you? What does your father do? Which high school did you go to?

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They clarified that wanted my actual date of birth then, when I answered, scribbled it down like it was the most important thing they could get from the interview. They didn't ask me any relevant questions throughout the interview. Less

Eagle Solicitors

How do you feel about working for us free for 3 months?

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How can I sustain myself for 3 months in London?

Past jobs

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Discussed skills and how I found it!

Linklaters

Where would you strategically close or open one of the firm’s offices?

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Open an office in Seoul as regulatory laws were changing at the time and Korea was opening up to foreign law firms, close an office in Rome as Italy would be best served from an office in Milan and there was no need to have a representative office in the capital. Less

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

See above (why commercial law, why Freshfields, describe a time you've gone above and beyond, how would you feel about doing boring tasks, what would you do if...)

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There is no one answer - just make sure there is some logic behind each answer you give, and try to back up every answer (where appropriate) with one of your personal experiences. Less

Portsmouth City Council

Give an example of when you have provided excellent customer service

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How do you handle difficult people

Shakespeare Martineau

How would I attract clients in today’s legal market.

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Write literature which provides a cursory overview of the potential clients issues, and to advertise themselves more on legal 500, chambers, etc. Essentially, just build a greater presence on the internet. Less

Shoosmiths

They asked about the biggest challenge currently facing the legal sector, motivations for joining the firm and more generally about motivations for being a lawyer.

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I discussed current commercial awareness topics, and ensured I addressed the firms values in my answers. Less

NatWest Group
Solicitor was asked...17 January 2018

Do you think we will get on?

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My interviewer had not smiled once during the interview and just spat out further questions to my replies to his questions without actually considering what I had said. I found him exceptionally humourless. So in answer to his question I said "Well, you seem quite dry." He replied that he wasn't and that his manner in the interview had just been a front to see how I coped with it. I then said that it was hard for me to answer his question if he wasn't showing his real self. The recruitment agent later told me that RBS weren't going to offer me a job because they didn't think I would get on with the interviewer. However they added that I had scored the highest anyone had ever scored in the written test. [This interview was actually in 1996, but I can't select this in the dropdown box] Less

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