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Responsibility:
3.4/5
 
Work Life Balance:
3.3/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
4/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.4/5
 
Company Culture:
4/5
 
Career Progression:
3.6/5
 
Colleagues:
4/5
 
Training:
3.8/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.8/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.6/5
 

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Application Advice:

Be yourself.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

Trainee Solicitor, CDG at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Be different - show graduate recruitment what new skills or experience you can bring to the table.

Interview Advice:

Try to demonstrate why you are passionate about becoming a lawyer.

Trainee Solicitor, Entertainment and Media at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Do thorough research on the firm and see what differentiates it from other global City firms.

Interview Advice:

Don't fixate on one area of law that you like. Chances are your interviewer won't be a specialist in that area, and so you may accidentally disparage their specialism. Try to keep an open mind when going into the training contract.

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Dispute Resolution at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Know why you are applying the firm you have chosen and know why you want to be a solicitor - every firm expects a solid answer on this point.

Interview Advice:

If you respond to questions using the STAR formula (Situation, Task, Action, Result), you may find it easier to cover all of the necessary points that graduate recruitment are looking for.

Trainee Solicitor, at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Try to understand the firm's key practice areas and types of client before answering the application questions.

Interview Advice:

Research the firm's culture and its practice areas - show some passion about both when answering questions.

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Industry Group at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Focus on your interest / experience in the industry.

Interview Advice:

Don't refer to Reed Smith as a US law firm.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Tailor it to the firm specifically as opposed to including generic statements that could be applied to any firm.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. Reed Smith has a very unique set of questions that do not follow the general structure of "why law?", but rather "What kind of company would you like to work for?", "Who inspires you?" and "Do you make mistakes?"

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Application Advice:

To attend open days and other networking events where the firm is in attendance so that applicants can speak to people working at the firm. This allows applicants to have a better understanding of what the culture of the firm is like and the type of work undertaken to be able to tailor their application better also.

Interview Advice:

I would try and think about your strengths and weaknesses and have some examples of where these strengths have been displayed in previous experiences. This is because the interview is strengths based so the questions will be open ended thus requiring a more detailed response from candidates about their skills.

Trainee Solicitor, at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Give significant consideration into which law firms align with your interests and ambitions. 'One size fits all' applications are unlikely to be successful - and thinking this through will prepare you for the inevitable 'Why us?' question at interview.

Try to demonstrate an understanding of how law firms work as a business and the challenges to the market.

Interview Advice:

Think carefully about what you learnt from the previous job/life experiences listed in your CV - be prepared to talk about these.

Have 1-2 thoughtful questions to ask the interviewer - perhaps on a firm's strategy and the legal market more broadly.

Trainee, Corporate at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Ensure that your application is tailored to the firm. Think about what sets Reed Smith apart from other law firms in the industry.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you have answers to the obvious questions in advance, and keep up to date with recent changes / stories in the legal market.

Trainee Solicitor, at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Be thorough and don't be afraid to stand out

Interview Advice:

Focus on your passions rather than just past experience

Trainee, Media (secondment) at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Research law firm.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

Trainee, Finance at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Try and tailor the application to Reed Smith as much as possible. Do your research. But make sure it reflects you in the best light possible also, linking that back into why you and the firm would be a great match.

Interview Advice:

It is a strengths-based interview, so make sure that you prepare on that basis as it was quite different in structure to a normal competency-based interview. It is also imperative to demonstrate your interest in the firm.

Trainee Solicitor, at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Know the sectors the firm works in and how that interests you. Draw on previous work experience if possible.

Interview Advice:

Come prepared with really good questions for the 'do you have anything you'd like to ask us?' question at the end of the interview.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Research the firm as much as possible and try and include the results of that research in the answers that you give.

Interview Advice:

Do not appear over prepared or rehearsed. Answer the questions naturally as if it were a conversation and do not give the answer that you think they want to hear as opposed to the unique answer that you actually have thought of in the moment.

Trainee Solicitor, Shipping at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Target your application - if you are particularly interested in a particular area, which you know Reed Smith specialize in, use that in your application, link it to your own experiences, whether legal or not.

Interview Advice:

Breathe, smile and be honest, by that I mean don't try to be someone you are not; this is a firm that respects individuality.

Trainee Solicitor, Energy and Natural Resources at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Tailor your application to the role - be specific.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you can answer 'why the firm?'

Trainee Solicitor, at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Honesty

Interview Advice:

Approach case study in a logical and structured manner

Trainee Solicitor, Shipping at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Do your research - make sure it is a firm which specialises in the type of law that you want to practice. Get as much commercial experience as possible - every little helps.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself - don't lie! Ignore how others around you are interviewing, you should focus on your own interview.

Trainee Solicitor, Banking & Finance at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Why Reed Smith in particular? Know recent matters Reed Smith were instructed on.

Interview Advice:

Be a team player.

, at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Why to pick Reed Smith LLP: People who will be happy at Reed Smith LLP are people who value learning opportunities, a community of great colleagues and an amazing working environment over top-level pay and brand recognition.

How to get in: The Reed Smith LLP HR team are keen to create a diverse workforce - while you need to have the grades, what will really make the difference will be your extra-curriculars, and especially anything that shows initiative in transforming society such as volunteering, mentoring, or helping to run any club or organization that aims to improve something. Reed Smith LLP regards its ability to handle cross-border work as one of its USP's, so anything you have done that shows an ability to build relationships across boundaries, be they cultural, geographic, or societal, will go down well.

Interview Advice:

Be honest and open, especially when asked about weaknesses or bad experiences. No interviewer will believe that you are perfect, but if you can show that you recognise and learn from your mistakes, then that is a great ability to have demonstrated and will let the interviewer know that you are both teachable and mature enough to act professionally under pressure.

Trainee Solicitor, at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

They should persevere in applying and they should try to get as much experience of law and the firm as possible, even if it is just open days or shadowing.

Trainee Solicitor, Shipping at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Know the firm, know its clients.

, Insolvency at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Be honest, be professional and do not write using words you think they would like to hear; plain English is always best. Research thoroughly but don't pretend you know more about the clients than the firm does, talk about WHY you are interested in working in those departments for those clients.

Interview Advice:

Even when you are asked to give only one example, be prepared with a couple of backups (for teamwork, leadership etc.) because you might be asked for at least one more example.

Smile, be friendly, and develop a rapport with your interviewers.

, Competition at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

To really understand the role of a solicitor. The TV show 'Suits' is completely different to reality.

Interview Advice:

Smile, look confident and enthusiastic.

Trainee, Corporate at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Do your research and cite firm-specific facts in some of your responses, where applicable.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. While providing legally sound responses, do not overlook the commercial considerations of any hypothetical problem that you are set. Sometimes the more commercial response is better than proposing to take legal action.

Trainee Solicitor, Trainee (legal area varies) at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Do your research on the firm and explain in your application why you are suited to being a trainee at Reed Smith.

Trainee Solicitor, at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Consider what skills/strengths you possess and how these can contribute to the business of a firm like Reed Smith?

Interview Advice:

Visualise what the work of a trainee solicitor/associate entails. Think about the day-to-day tasks that can be involved to ensure you have a complete picture of the industry you are applying for.

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Application Advice:

Research the firm thoroughly and tailor your application to the firm.

Interview Advice:

Be confident and be yourself, know your CV before you attend and pay close attention to detail on any written exercise.

, at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Explain why specifically you wish to apply to the firm.

Interview Advice:

I was asked why I wanted to pursue a career in law and also at an international city law firm.

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Attend an open day beforehand to contextualise your application.

Interview Advice:

Show your personality. People are looking for candidates who they can work with.

Trainee, Commodities Financial Regulation at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Take time to look at recent cases/transactions handled by the firm to get a good insight into the types of work and clients that we deal with. Keep your paper application specific, concise and structured. It should be obvious to the reader that your answers relate directly to Reed Smith LLP as opposed to any firm.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you identify the key competencies that Reed Smith LLP is looking for in potential candidates, and think about how your achievements and experiences align with those competencies. Demonstrating a genuine enthusiasm for Reed Smith LLP's core industries is also a good idea.

Trainee Solicitor, Energy & Natural Resources at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Ensure you have got some relevant experience (professional and/or legal) to demonstrate commitment to the legal profession and interest in areas/industries RS works in/with.

Interview Advice:

Be nice and be yourself.

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Application Advice:

Make sure you highlight what makes you stand out from the crowd.

Interview Advice:

Stay up to date with the financial press and follow the progress of any stories you are interested in. Do your homework on the firm and its clients.

Trainee, Shipping at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Be honest and clear as to why a career in the City is of interest to you. Check for errors and re-read the application several times before submitting it!

Interview Advice:

Be as relaxed as possible, whilst still maintaining a level of professionalism. Be open and friendly and also be enthusiastic.

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Industry Group at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Research the firm thoroughly, speak to the trainees within the firm, attend events which Reed Smith hosts. The better insight into to the firm you get, the better chance you have of making your application stand out.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, show that you have a passion, be creative and interesting, and foremost confident. The firm is interested in the potential of the candidates and you are not expected to be a "finished" product when you join.

Trainee Solicitor, Competition Law at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Do not shy away from promoting your interests outside of the law as many of the people here have a wide range of interests.

Interview Advice:

Prepare answers to competency based questions and draw from a wide range of your experiences: e.g. academic, volunteering and working life.

Trainee Solicitor, Tax at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Fitting into a firm is the most important - be honest about yourself.

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Be able to explain why your previous experiences are relevant and would make you a good lawyer and a good fit for the firm; thoroughly research the firm and how it distinguishes itself from its competitors.

Interview Advice:

Be confident and personable; be able to explain why your previous experiences are relevant and would make you a good lawyer and a good fit for the firm; prepare examples of when you've demonstrated certain competencies, whilst ensuring you still think on your feet when being interviewed; build rapport.

Trainee Solicitor, Labour & Employment at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Think about how Reed Smith stands out from other firms - we pioneered the Law and Business masters that our students do as part of their LPC, extremely friendly work environment, a number of specialist departments (shipping, media etc).

Talk about your work experience outside of law, it's important to demonstrate client interaction whether in a bar, restaurant or shop.

Interview Advice:

Be confident and be yourself. They are trying to get to know you and whether you will fit at Reed Smith. Be friendly, smiley and approachable.

Trainee, Commercial disputes at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Tailor your application to the firm, explaining what attracts you to this firm in particular. Do not leave your application to the last minute, as a good quality and thorough application takes time.

Interview Advice:

I was asked to eleborate on points I made in my CV and application. There was a case study to prepare, in which we had to review a fact pattern and explain it to partners.

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Make sure you make your research. On the surface, a lot of firms seem similar but they are incredibly different in their areas of speciality and culture. While there are standard skills to have in order to become a solicitor, some firms will place more emphasis on certain characteristics. You must ensure you draw parallels between your skills and experience and what the firm is looking for in its candidates.

Trainee Solicitor, Shipping at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Research the firm well before completing your application. Also consider our motto- the busines of relationships and consider how you can demonstrate having a strong network of contacts.

Trainee, Investment Management at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Make sure you can explain why you're interested in RS without giving a generic answer.

Interview Advice:

Don't panic, prepare well, just like you would any interview.

Trainee Solicitor, ENR at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Research the firm and include information on your application that demonstrates the research you have done. Talk to people working at the firm (HR will always be happy to put you in touch with someone) to get an idea of whether you can see yourself fitting in and enjoying working here. Don't underestimate part-time non-legal work - this can demonstrate vital skills such as team work, customer relationships, responsibility and time management.

Interview Advice:

Dress smartly and approach the interview positively. Remember it's a two way process where you evaluate whether you want to work at the firm so the focus isn't all on you. Have some thoughtful questions prepared to ask at the end.

Trainee Solicitor, Structured Finance at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Tailor application to Reed Smith and research beyond the mainstream material (brochure).

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and show the interviewer you have a personality!

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Try not to apply to loads of firms and instead spend a lot of time on your key firms and provide a very detailed tailored response

Interview Advice:

If you know anyone at the firm ask them how the process works and try to show personality in the interview

Trainee, at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Show your commerciality and personality

HR Business Partner, at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Do lots of research and ask lots of questions during the recruitment process to ensure that the culture is the right fit for you.

Interview Advice:

Preparation!

HR Administrator, at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Re-check the application form as many times as possible

Interview Advice:

Research the firm thoroughly

Paralegal, Finance at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Don't rush the online application. Conduct lots of research on the firm and think carefully about what the question is asking you. Use examples of skills gained through work experience, at university etc to demonstrate key qualities required from a lawyer.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, let the interviewer(s) get to know you. Be charismatic and enthusiastic, demonstrate your passion for law and working at Reed Smith.

Associate, Structured Finance at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Prepare - do your research on the company. Know what distinguishes the firm from its competitors.

Interview Advice:

Be enthusiastic and fully listen to the questions you are being asked before responding.

Learning and Development Officer, Learning and Development at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Research thoroughly before applying and be yourself

Interview Advice:

Be confident and show your knowledge

Trainee, at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

It might sound obvious but make sure you really know why you want to be a lawyer and why you want to work at our firm - it will come through quickly in your application if you do not really know why you are applying! Otherwise the usual, do your research, take your time with the application, and make sure you double check it. It will probably take longer than you think to finish the application so try not to give in to the temptation to leave it to the last minute!

Interview Advice:

Relax and be yourself - if you have made it to interview then you have more or less already demonstrated your intellectual ability and commercial awareness, what you need to show now is that you would be a good fit for the firm.

Trainee solicitor, at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate a personable but enthusiastic attitude, together with a strong focus on the commercial ramifications of various transactions. Why is a client doing a particular deal?

Interview Advice:

Interview includes questions on a case study, then more general questions on competencies. Ensure that you have sufficient examples for each that you can talk about.

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Application Advice:

Take time to research Reed Smith and its clients to ensure you are well prepared for the interview and can tailor your application specifically to Reed Smith.

Interview Advice:

The training contract interview was comprised of a 2-1 interview, case study and group exercise.

Trainee, Investment Funds/Private Equity at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Make sure you research the firm before applying - you would be surprised how many people apply without knowing what some of our key practice areas are!

Interview Advice:

You don't only have to use your legal experiences as your examples to general competency based questions - you would be surprised how many examples from your day to day hobbies you can use: do you play an instrument? are you a member of a club? All these things can show team work and leadership skills which are key when becoming a lawyer.

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Research Reed Smith, know not only their sector areas of expertise but also some of the specific work they've undertaken and clients whom they've served. This will help candidates distinguish Reed Smith from other global City law firms, enabling them to form an idea if this is a firm that they would like to work at and also preparing them better for any future interviews or interaction with the firm.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, know your CV well and know which portions of the CV you wish to highlight.

Trainee Solicitor, Trainee in Construction Law department at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Research the company thoroughly, particularly when answering anything on competitors. This is a sectoral and departmental comparison, not a firm against firm comparison.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and be confident - questions vary year to year but they appreciate honesty and enthusiasm.

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Disputes at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Show your personality and recognise that we are business people not just lawyers

Trainee, Real Estate at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Be sure to make clear your understanding of what makes the firm different (e.g. unique transatlantic structure, key practice areas). Commerciality is key.

Interview Advice:

Prepare for a strengths-based (as opposed to competency-based) interview.

Trainee Solicitor, Shipping at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Research the firm well and have a thorough understanding of the strengths of the firm and how these are applicable to you and what you wish to do.

Trainee, Financial Industry Group at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Answer the question. Give examples.

Interview Advice:

Be yourselves. Reed Smith are looking for candidates that are friendly, teamplayers.

Trainee, Corporate at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Be yourself
Research the firm's core industry sectors and practice areas. Know what distinguishes the firm from its competitors

Trainee Solicitor, Shipping at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Act yourself and be friendly. Make an effort to get to know people as everyone is interested in what you do.

Interview Advice:

I had a case study and group exercise.

Trainee Lawyer, at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Be yourself - and present the best version of 'you'. This doesn't mean providing false information, just being aware of your strengths and making sure you present these effectively.

Interview Advice:

We've just changed to "situational strengths-based" interview questions. I would research what this is thoroughly before you apply so you know what to expect. Make sure you know what competencies the firm is looking for and how you can demonstrate this through your academic, personal and work experiences.

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Research the firm, know what its good at. Look for key recent developments which you can include in your application form to make yours stand out from the rest.

Interview Advice:

Be well prepared. Know your application form well. Try to relax and enjoy the day.

Trainee, Energy at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Reed Smith take people on that we feel have a great personality and will fit in with our culture, so enthusiasm and passion is key when applying

Graduate Recruitment Coordinator, Graduate Recruitment at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Research the firm thoroughly and do not think that a generic approach to applying will get you anywhere. Arrogant applicants do not tend to do well.

Interview Advice:

Be aware that the firm now uses strengths based interview techniques, rather than competency based. Come with examples of your past activities, and thoughts as to how these would translate into your future role. Be friendly.

Trainee Solicitor, Energy and Natural Resources at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

It is important to be yourself. Having good academics is a prerequisite for all city law firms and therefore, what makes you different to other candidates is your personality.

Trainee, Trade Finance at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Excellent role for those looking to progress in HR, and to be part of a busy, face paced team.

Interview Advice:

Give examples of your past work experience when answering questions.

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Application Advice:

I would advise candidates to really think about why they want to apply to Reed Smith and what Reed Smith has to offer. For instance we started a new Law and Business Masters which you complete at the same time as the LPC.

We do a huge amount of pro bono and interesting volunteer work that differentiates us from some of our competitors.

There are a large number of secondments - to international offices and clients.

All work experience is important, especially bar work/waitressing - it's great to demonstrate working in the service industry.

Interview Advice:

Reed Smith have moved to a new Strengths Based Interview - I was one of the guinea pigs to test how it works and I think it's great. It's much less about what you've done or what skills you have but more about what would you do in a particular situation. It's great as it puts everyone on an equal footing and it doesn't matter what opportunities you've had in the past.

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Application Advice:

Be yourself, but make sure you find an overlap between your personality and that of the firm. It wont be difficult since the firm is so multifaceted and is likely to have an interest in pursuits you are passionate about.

Don't just regurgitate facts about the firm. Make sure you explain how those facts are relevant to you personally and why you chose to bring those facts up in particular.

Try and meet as many trainees, associates and partners beforehand at open days and graduate recruitment events as you can and then mention that on your application form.

Try reaching out to a trainee/associate for guidance regarding the interview stage - schedule a quick phone call! They'll be flattered and you'll be helped.

Interview Advice:

As above, seek guidance from current trainees. Schedule a phone call. They're all really friendly and happy to help.

In the interview, if you want tea, coffee, water, etc. do not hesitate to ask for it! If the room is too cold, do not hesitate to point that out! This is your interview and the firm respects that.

Ensure you have some well thought out questions prepared to ask at the culminatinon of the interview. If any new questions crop up in your mind during the interview, ask those too.

Needless to say, look smart so that you feel confident and come across as so. Maintain suitable eye contact and don't be scared to have a sip of water before you answer a question to ponder the answer.

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Industry Group at Reed Smith
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Application Advice:

Research the firm and know why you are specifically applying there. Know your CV.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and be confident.

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Best:

Friendly culture.

Worst:

Low pay.

Trainee Solicitor, Entertainment and Media at Reed Smith
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Best:

Open management

Worst:

It can be a steep learning curve if for whatever reason you're not able to make the training at a specific date and time.

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Dispute Resolution at Reed Smith
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Best:

Diversity (including culture and personality types)

Worst:

The benefits package

Trainee Solicitor, at Reed Smith
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Best:

Its culture and its clients.

Worst:

Its slight anonymity, especially amongst graduates.

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Industry Group at Reed Smith
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Best:

Incredible office, very good working environment, good colleagues and high quality of work.

Worst:

Typical trainee struggles, unlikely to be specific to Reed Smith.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Reed Smith
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Best:

Friendly work environment
Fantastic office & facilities
High quality work

Worst:

Lack of clear identity in the marketplace

Trainee, Corporate at Reed Smith
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Best:

The people, the quality of work and the opportunities for development.

Trainee Solicitor, at Reed Smith
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Best:

people

Worst:

sandwhiches

Trainee, Finance at Reed Smith
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Best:

Culture/people

Trainee Solicitor, at Reed Smith
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Best:

Lovely colleagues who are interested in helping you development and appreciate your work efforts.

Nice office views.

Worst:

At times lack of transparency of the strategy of the business.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Reed Smith
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Best:

The values that it encompasses. It truly stands by its core values and makes a positive impact in society through its social responsibility programme.

Worst:

Because it is so large it can feel difficult to know all the people in the you encounter.

Trainee Solicitor, Shipping at Reed Smith
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Best:

The people.

Worst:

Occasionally the hours can be very long and you may have to work weekends.

Trainee, at Reed Smith
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Best:

very inclusive teams, senior partners will push you as far as they think you are capable.

Worst:

Lack of communication between offices

Trainee Solicitor, Energy and Natural Resources at Reed Smith
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Best:

support and variety of work

Worst:

competition for seats

Trainee Solicitor, at Reed Smith
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Best:

Location; office; friendliness of the company as a whole.

Worst:

NA

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