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Responsibility:
2.8/5
 
Work Life Balance:
2.8/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.8/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.6/5
 
Company Culture:
3.8/5
 
Career Progression:
3.5/5
 
Colleagues:
3.9/5
 
Training:
3.7/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.5/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.2/5
 

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Application Advice:

Be yourself. Be open and talkative.

Interview Advice:

Have a couple of examples ready for competency questions.

Trainee, Pensions at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Know the firm's background, focus and clients.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to offer good examples of your ability to problem solve.

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Attention to detail in the application. Ensure that you have a full understanding of the firm and key areas and geographical regions that they are focusing on.

Interview Advice:

Use the STARR method. Situation, task, analysis, result and reflection.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Be as concise as possible and directly answer the questions. While you should try to squeeze in as much of your experience as possible, do not do this at the expense of properly targeting your answer at the question. If you aren't good at online tests, practise them beforehand.

Interview Advice:

It's an assessment day including 2 interviews. Try to be engaging, likeable and demonstrate some common sense. Manage your time really carefully in the written exercise and don't get bogged down in the detail at the expense of finishing the task.

Trainee Solicitor, at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Attention to detail, tailor your application to the firm and really do your research.

Interview Advice:

Why CMS, why law, competency based questions, show commercial awareness

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Application Advice:

Cater your application to the firm specifically and show something a bit different. Proof read and check your application so you don't have any silly errors.

Interview Advice:

Practice stereotypical competency based questions and show a bit of personality.

Trainee Solicitor, Projects at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm that you are applying to and tailor your application to what they do

Interview Advice:

Stay calm and rehearse your answers and the type of questions they are likely to ask

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm. Make sure there are no spelling mistakes!

Interview Advice:

Prepare for standard competency questions. Be yourself. Make sure you know whats going on in the business world (e.g. economy) which may affect CMS's clients.

Trainee Solicitor, IP Litigation at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

One strong application is worth much more than several mediocre ones

Interview Advice:

Know your competencies and try not to repeat answers

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Application Advice:

Be yourself - the CMS people are friendly, down to earth people, known for their approachability and capacity for having fun.

Interview Advice:

Mixture of commercial questions and personal questions.

Trainee Solicitor, Energy, Projects and Construction at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Consider strongly whether you are interested in a career in law and, if so, if there is a particular area that you are interested in. If you are interested in a particular area, target a firm that will be able to develop you in that area.

Interview Advice:

Prepare for competency based questions, practise with friends and family, read up on legal press and pick stories to discuss that actually interest you and you have an opinion on.

Trainee Solicitor, at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Focus on the firm's specialities and strengths e.g. its sector focus (Hotels & Leisure, Energy etc.) and its unique selling points e.g. strong European coverage.

Interview Advice:

Competency questions and test of technical knowledge.

Trainee, Real Estate Disputes at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure you know who CMS are and what they are about. It's easy to think all law firms in the city are the same but you'll quickly find there are factors which distinguish one from another

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, be honest, and don't talk about things you don't understand. The firm doesn't try to catch you out but wants to work out who you are and how you think.

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Your application form needs to stick very, very closely to our key competencies. If you are tempted to include an example which shows a competency you have already shown elsewhere, don't, use the question to show something you haven't shown yet.

Interview Advice:

Competency based interview initially- make sure you know what they are! When asked commercial questions, think about the relevant company's priorities and whether what you are describing meets their priorities, or affects them in any way.

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Application Advice:

Spell-check and proof-read your application as many times as possible - sounds simple, but the smallest mistake can ruin the application.

Interview Advice:

In the mini-presentation be prepared to explain your answers fully, don't worry if you've missed something out and are asked about it, as you are then given the chance to think about it and discuss it.

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Application Advice:

Try to make yourself stand out. Highlight what you know about the company and specific reasons for applying here. The more personal and less generic, the better.

Interview Advice:

Do your homework on the company's clients and its business strategy. Be aware of the sector focus and the different offices.

Trainee Solicitor, Banking Litigation at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Send in your application sooner rather than later.

Interview Advice:

Consider carefully how your experience matches the competencies they are looking for and think ahead of specific examples you can discuss.

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Really do your research, stand out from the crowd

Interview Advice:

Preparation, preparation, preparation

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm and current legal issues thoroughly.

Have a "commercial awareness" story in mind and know it inside out from a number of different angles/ opinions/ news sources.

Know why you want to work at an international law firm.

Have questions to ask at the end of the interview/

Interview Advice:

Give me a situation when you have worked well as a team.

Why Law?

Why CMS?

Trainee Solicitor, at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Take every opportunity that comes your way - you never know where it might lead to.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Spell check your application.

Interview Advice:

Research the firm's offering in advance

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Application Advice:

Do a Vac Scheme here if you have the chance. They are brilliantly organised and give a real taster of CMS. The Grad Rec team works hard to keep it interesting and new. The 2 seats in 2 weeks also gives a good taste of different practice areas.

Trainee Solicitor, Pensions at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Make your CV stand out.

Interview Advice:

Research in advance to ensure you have company specific knowledge.

Trainee, Projects at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Show genuine interest in the firm and the work they are doing.

Interview Advice:

Try to find out what transactions the firm has been involved in recently.

Trainee Solicitor, Oil & Gas at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm thoroughly, for example how the international links work.

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Application Advice:

Research the firm well beforehand - finding the right firm to do your training contract at is very important, so you want to make sure you will be happy here.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you are able to talk about something specific for the commercial awareness question, and ask questions at the end.

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Services at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

The firm is all about being international - so consider wider ideas.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself - they want to interview you and not the 'interview-you'

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Services at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Whilst this is a regional office, the hours of work are more reflective of London working hours.

Interview Advice:

Make sure answers are focused on knowledge of the sectors within which the firm operates and on our clients. The firm is dedicated on being "client-centric"

Trainee Solicitor, Insurance Litigation at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Try to avoid saying the same thing everyone else does, make yourself stand out. However, the caveat to that is there are some boxes you need to tick like general commercial awareness.

Interview Advice:

Be up to date on everything about the firm but also be yourself. No one is going to trick you so as long as you take your time when giving answers and think everything through you will be successful.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

The firm uses a competancy based interview process, so make sure you follow the S.T.A.R. structure in your answers. Tailor your answers so that all of the competancies are displayed rather than giving two examples of the same competancy. The firm has a very up to date grad rec website so use that to find out as much as possible about what its really like working here.

Interview Advice:

The structure of CMS is unusual, and showing during interviews that you know how it operates will be impressive. The upcoming merger with Dundas and Wilson will also change the capabilities of the firm so showing you understand how it will do so will show that you understand the firm and the direction it's going in.

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Application Advice:

Think carefully about how your previous experiences in and outside of work can satisfy the competency skills the firm look for.

Interview Advice:

Follow a couple of commercial/business news stories and be ready to discuss them.

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

The firm attracts many talented candidates so it is important to distinguish yourself with education, experience, and extra curricular activities.

Interview Advice:

Plan, rehearse, and be prepared.

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Application Advice:

Research the firm before you apply.

Interview Advice:

Be well researched, and confident in what you say. Ask questions to find out more about the firm and show your interest. Dress smart!

Trainee Solicitor, Banking Litigation at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Get your application in promptly - make sure you use an wide variety of examples to display your competencies and proof read - once, twice, and once again!

Interview Advice:

Understand CMS Cameron McKenna as a law firm and be open and honest.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Re-read all your answers and give examples for everything you say. Don't just say you are organised, give an example to show how you have been organised in your career.

Interview Advice:

Pause everytime. Don't worry about having to answer straightaway. Ask for the question to be repeated. It shows you care enough to get the answer right.

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Application Advice:

Be confident and yourself. It is obvious when you are putting on a front and employers want to see the real you to see if you fit in the with company. There is a lot of focus on personality here as well as intelligence and hard work.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, but don't forget you are being interviewed for a job. There is a fine balance to strike. Turn up looking smart and presentable and be nice and courteous to everyone you meet, feedback from everyone who meets you is taken into account.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Do lots of applications; take your time, get other people to check them for you and take it seriously.

Interview Advice:

Get lots of practice and read widely into the legal press.

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Application Advice:

Attention to detail in respect of every aspect of the application. Being a solicitor requires a hawk eye when it comes to details, and typos and inconsistencies in application forms will be spotted.

Interview Advice:

Try to be confident. Interviews can be nerve-wrecking experiences, however candidates who believe in themselves are more likely to get through.

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Services & Products at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm; know why you want to work here.

Interview Advice:

Don't just say what you have done, say what you have learned from those experiences.

Trainee Solicitor, Insurance Litigation at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and be honest. There is no point in getting a training contract based on false promises or the person that you think they want you to be. What works is showing your personality and if you fit the culture then that is best for everyone.

Interview Advice:

The usual questions about when you have demonstrated teamwork or how you handle a stressful situation. My advice is to prepare some examples beforehand. They don't need to be big ones, you could just use an example like when the printer didn't work and you had to get something done urgently and how you coped and what steps you took to resolve it. It is better to give real life examples of when you worked in a bar/restuarant than trying to fake an example that sounds strained and you can't elaborate on.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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Application Advice:

Learn about the firm beforehand

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Application Advice:

Spend some time really thinking about your responses to the application questions, particularly if there are competency based questions. Think of some really good examples and use the STAR technique to form your answers as it provides a good structure.

Interview Advice:

Was mainly asked competency based questions, but apparently it has now changed to scenario questions.

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Application Advice:

Come up with a niche news story - not a really obvious one.

Prepare for the fact that the interview process is all day and will cover, interview, competency, negotiation and presentation skills.

Interview Advice:

Tell me about a news story that has interested you.

What do you know about our sector groups.

Trainee Solicitor, at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
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