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Shoosmiths

Placement – Administration Assistant, Mortgage Recoveries at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Put as much as you can into the role and you will learn a lot more.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and don't try and script your answers beforehand.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee, at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Be meticulous with your application. Attention to detail is critical, as is a clear explanation as to why you are applying to IM.

Interview Advice: Be the best version of "you"!

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Capital Markets, SFG at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Show your personality and do not be afraid to demonstrate a varied background.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Shoosmiths

Paralegal, Corporate at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Provide examples of how you can provide value to the role. Provide examples that indicate why you want to work in this area.

Interview Advice: Provide examples of why you would fit well in the team and the office environment. Be yourself and don't be afraid to be different.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Thales

Contracts Officer, at Thales

Application Advice: Quality of placements can vary a bit, so make sure you research your role carefully and ask plenty of questions to the interviewer before you sign up - there's nothing worse than finding out that your current placement isn't right for you and you end up twiddling your thumbs for the next few months.

Interview Advice: "Where do you see yourself in X years? What qualities could you bring to the company? What are your biggest strengths/weaknesses?" and other completely original interview questions are to be expected. Seriously though, just research your role, be COMPLETELY passionate about the job and research the company beforehand - clichéd interview advice, I know, but valid nonetheless.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee, Employment at Hogan Lovells International LLP

Application Advice: Be clear why you want to be a lawyer in a large commercial firm. Be able to show an interest in business/financial world.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Hogan Lovells International LLP

Application Advice: Work out what the firm is looking for in its trainees and use your form to demonstrate that your skill set and goals are aligned with this.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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NCC Group

Legal Intern, In-house Legal at NCC Group

Application Advice: Make sure each desired skill/quality stated in the job summary is shown clearly in application. Demonstrate more than just academics which every candidate will likely possess such as hobbies e.g. playing a sport demonstrates ability to work as part of a team and also that you are not a robot.

Interview Advice: Research about the company to answer at least basic questions about what services it provides and what sets it apart from competition. Plan concise answers to likely questions about previous academics/employment and how they are relevant. Don't be afraid to ask a few questions when prompted as this will help you determine whether the position is right for you and will demonstrate your interest.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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New Look

, Legal at New Look

Application Advice: Ensure your spelling and grammar is perfect.

Interview Advice: Confidence and personality is key.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Intellectual Property at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Nobody expects you to know exactly what career you want to make for yourself when you start out. Work out what it is that motivates you, and make your application with a positive attitude and an open mind.

Interview Advice: Make sure you've really thought about honest and persuasive answers to the obvious questions you're guaranteed to be asked.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Read up about the firm's sector focus and particular areas of innovation it is targeting e.g. Fintech. Be aware of its products and services e.g. Navigator.

Interview Advice: Discuss a current commercial issue.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Keep trying and keep applying.

Interview Advice: Be prepared and if you think you are prepared, spend another day preparing.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Shoosmiths

Paralegal, Real Estate at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Be confident in your abilities, when I was hired I was just completing my law degree part time and the firm still hired me and I have now completed my law degree and I am completing my masters degree.

Interview Advice: Research the core values, understand what they mean and show how you can meet them.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Shoosmiths

Administration Assistant, Recoveries Services at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Shoosmiths are not only interesed in your academic achievements and work experience, they want to see what kind of person you are. They want to know about all types of experience. They want to feel like they have learnt something about you from your application.

Interview Advice: Example questions: Why Shoosmiths? What qualities do you have that would suit working at Shoosmiths? Competency questions. Advice: Use STAR when answering competency based questions - Situation, Task, Action, Result.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Shoosmiths

Senior Case Handler, Conveyancing at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Constantly refer back to the values of Shoosmiths. Everyone should live, sleep and breathe these values so management love to see them adapted into the applications.

Interview Advice: Always be honest! I had no experience when I was interviewed in Conveyancing and my boss hired me because he liked the fact that I was honest about my lack of experience. He said he had spent ages listening to candidates attempt to sound like they knew what they were talking about but really didn't and that put him off.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Shoosmiths

Executive Case Handler, Non-Standard/Recoveries Services at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Make sure that you reference the 'values' which underpin the firms culture and can show that you've done a bit of research about the strategy for both the firm as a whole and the department you're applying to.

Interview Advice: Most questions will be competency based so plan ahead and think about past situations where you have been able to demonstrate the skills and values the firm is looking for.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Bristows LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Bristows LLP

Application Advice: Show your personality, do not sound robotic, really get to show your appreciation about some of the unique aspects of the firm's ethos (which involves attending law fairs and reading up on a lot of interviews/ testimonies from online and legal publications).

Interview Advice: Be prepared to think commercially, know why you have made specific academic and career choices, read the news, be humourous, ask clever and relevant questions.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Reed Smith

Trainee Solicitor, at Reed Smith

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.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Vodafone

Graduate, Enterprise at Vodafone

Application Advice: Be confident and enthusiastic.

Interview Advice: Competency based questions; What are the challenges in this sector at the moment? EU challenges? Why Vodafone?

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Norton Rose Fulbright

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Norton Rose Fulbright

Application Advice: The phrase commercial awareness is bandied about frequently and is extremely important. It means reading a newspaper, or several. I recommend The Economist, The Financial Times and then one or two of the mainstream national press (preferably with opposing focuses). Commercial awareness isn't just about business knowledge it is to do with thinking about the world in a business like way.

Interview Advice: The interview was very straightforward, I suggest having the details of your CV and application form at your fingertips and to have kept up with the news. I found the broader questions asked were about very contemporary issues in the press.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Dechert LLP

NQ, Litigation at Dechert LLP

Application Advice: Financial Services and White Collar and Securities Litigation are Dechert's main practice areas. Therefore, if a candidate is interested in these areas, then Dechert may be the right firm for them. Applicants should mention any previously held roles of responsibility / leadership, be it as part of an extra curricular activity (such as a university society) or charity work.

Interview Advice: Candidates should read up on these two main practice areas above prior to interview and be able to ask and answer questions related to these areas. Candidates should be up to date with relevant commercial issues.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Associate, Corporate Finance at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Know your firm - research what makes Taylor Wessing different to other law firms.

Interview Advice: Be yourself!

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Shoosmiths

Executive Case Handler, Mortgage Litigation/Recoveries Services at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: You need to demonstrate that you embody the firm's values as much as possible. There is a lot of information about them online, do your research. It's the main thing that the firm looks for.

Interview Advice: Think outside of the box, consider the firm's values and apply them to situations you have been in during the interview.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Pinsent Masons

Paralegal, Commercial at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: C.V. (which was used to form the basis of some of the interview questions)

Interview Advice: 2 Interviews and a written test. The first interview is with HR and heavily based on competency questions so have lots of examples ready. Questions included a time when you have missed or nearly missed a deadline, how you cope with stress, how you deal with being bored, how do you organise your workload. The second interview was with a member of the team I applied for. This was an informal chat to find out more about me as a person and to see if I would fit in with the rest of the team.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Pinsent Masons

Trainee Solicitor, TMT at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Explain why you want to work for this particular firm.

Interview Advice: The interview was quite personal so be prepared to talk about yourself in contexts other than work.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Womble Bond Dickinson

Associate Paralegal, Commercial/Insurance at Bond Dickinson LLP

Application Advice: - Be an "all round" candidate with outside interests - Have a good sense of commercial awareness and take a commercial approach to your work - Know the firm and its vision - Have good work experience

Interview Advice: - Be confident and ensure you have a good understanding of the firm - Tailor your answers and show that your skills and interests align with that of the firm - Questions asked - - Details of work experience and skills - Interests outside of work

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Pinsent Masons

Trainee Solicitor, Property at Pinsent Masons

Application Advice: Start getting experience in the legal field as early as possible.

Interview Advice: Always think to yourself "so what?" when making a point so that every point you make is relevant and useful.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Shoosmiths

Defended Case Handler, Asset Finance at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Research the firm thoroughly to get an idea of what makes us tick, our values are an extremely important part of the firms make up.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Shoosmiths

Paralegal, Property Litigation at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Make sure you tailor your application to the firm and reflect their values.

Interview Advice: Be yourself!

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Shoosmiths

Defended Paralegal, Asset Finance at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Think about how your experience shows that you are a cultural fit for the firm and showcase that. Show you are willing to learn and develop and passionate about good client service.

Interview Advice: Be confident and able to speak about your experience and how that relates to the role.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee, at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: To thoroughly research the firm and recent work undertaken and to be yourself in both the application form and interview.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Womble Bond Dickinson

, at Bond Dickinson LLP

Application Advice: Be aware of word limits; keep your answers focused and concise. Research the key skills/attributes the firm is looking for in its trainee solicitors and make sure you include examples of how you meet these.

Interview Advice: Make sure you've really thought about what makes the firm stand out and why in particular you want to work here. Do your research. You need to have good knowledge of the firm's clients and the move towards a more sector-based approach.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Womble Bond Dickinson

Associate Paralegal, Real Estate at Bond Dickinson LLP

Application Advice: Know your basic real estate knowledge. Do not lie on your application or over emphasise things which are minor. Watch the formatting of your CV - make it appealing to look at.

Interview Advice: Try not to be nervous and be yourself - that is what the interviewer is looking for. Dress smartly - no stains on your top.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Shoosmiths

Paralegal, Corporate at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Think aobut whether the Shoosmiths culture fits with your personality. If so, then try to get across your best self. Demonstrate why you want to work at Shoosmiths; demonstrate why you'd personally be a great fit for the firm.

Interview Advice: Be as relaxed as possible, but still ensure you are professional and composed. Try to provide answers that will stand out i.e. create a story in the interviewer's mind. Mirror the interviewer's behaviour so that you can demonstrate you are right for the firm and the team.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Shoosmiths

Paralegal, Commercial Litigation at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Know as much as you can about the values of the firm as it is integral to everyone there.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Shoosmiths

Paralegal, Asset Finance at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Make sure you swat up on the firms values! It's a really important part of day to day life at the firm and you need to think about how your experience demonstrates that you can live the Shoosmiths values - Talking business sense, being within reach and responsive, pulling together and taking initiative.

Interview Advice: Generally competency based interview. Try and show your personality! Also give examples of good client service and commerciality.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Shoosmiths

Defended Case Handler, Secured Commercial Recoveries at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Litigation background would be required, preferably obtained or studying LPC.

Interview Advice: Demonstrate commercial awareness.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Reed Smith

Paralegal, Finance at Reed Smith

Application Advice: Re-check the application form as many times as possible

Interview Advice: Research the firm thoroughly

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Taylor Wessing LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Banking and Finance at Taylor Wessing LLP

Application Advice: Make sure you research the firm itself and avoid making your application generic as that will come across.

Interview Advice: Review your application so that you are prepared to answer questions arising from it. Don't be afraid to let your personality come through at the interview.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Associate, Employment, Pensions and Benefits at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Application Advice: Be honest - say what you think, not what you think you ought to say.

Interview Advice: Be yourself

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

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.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Selex ES

Legal Graduate, Legal Department at Selex ES

Application Advice: Write about why you want to apply for the role, what pushed you to choose Selex over one of its competitors (e.g. Thales...). Detail your interests (volunteering, Projects, travels...) and how these have been beneficial to you and your personal development and how you can transfer these qualities into the work environment. Tailor your application in accordance with the Selex's profile. Convey how what you have learned in your higher education and post-graduate studies are compatible with a career at Selex.

Interview Advice: Prepare widely. Know what Selex does inside-out, what it makes, who it does business with, what its footprint is and explain why you want to be part of the Selex's deep-rooted legacy- what can you contribute to this Company to make it better? Prepare to explain what you want to do with your career and where you realistically expect to see yourself in 3 - 5 years time having worked with Selex.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Peninsula

Paralegal, Legal Services at Peninsula

Application Advice: Go for it.

Interview Advice: As well as the usual things just do your research and be yourself.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Peninsula

Paralegal, Legal services at Peninsula

Application Advice: Experience is just as important as qualifications, if not more important.

Interview Advice: keep your legal knowledge up to date, there will be questions about it as well as your abilities.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate / commercial law at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Application Advice: Avoid rhetoric. You are not writing a university application. Be down to earth and straightforward. Highlight the elements you feel are important from your CV, but don't boast about them. Tell them why you think they are significant. Don't be afraid to be yourself - if you have a passion for music, theatre or sport, don't be afraid to highlight this because you think the only thing they are interested in is your commercial awareness. Far from it - they will be impressed by your extracurricular activities.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, keep calm - just be prepared to talk honestly about who you are and what you've done in your life so far.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

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

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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TLT LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Commercial Dispute Resolution at TLT LLP

Application Advice: Read into the firm and make sure you know its key selling points and why it considers itself different than its competitors.

Interview Advice: Treat it as a formal getting to know you and your skills discussion, peppered with your knowledge of the law, the industry and this firm.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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DWF LLP

Trainee, Commercial at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Need good academics and stand out with something quirky.

Interview Advice: Be confident and willing to get involved. Be entrepreneurial

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Sidley Austin LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Insolvency at Sidley Austin LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself - have a personality. Mention in your CV something that you think sets you apart from other candidates - you will make yourself more memorable by doing so and it will be a useful talking point in interview.

Interview Advice: Engage with the interviewers - ask intelligent questions (as well as answering intelligently, obviously!) and be yourself as best you can.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Reed Smith

Trainee, Investment Funds/Private Equity at Reed Smith

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.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Shoosmiths

Paralegal, Asset Finance Litigation at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: The firm really invests a lot in its culture and values so make sure you know them inside out and also think about how they could apply to you and your skills. Shoosmiths is an ambitious firm that is always striving to be the best and innovative so make sure you show that you have those qualities as well.

Interview Advice: I was asked general competency questions. I was also asked questions that asked me to demonstrate my understanding of the legal market and how law firms work as a business. They don't just want generic answers be specific and give your opinion.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Shoosmiths

Regulatory Executive, Regulatory at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Research Shoosmiths, its values and what it stands for.

Interview Advice: Be natural - if Shoosmiths like you as a person and feel that you will fit in with their culture/values - the hard work is already done!

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Reed Smith

Trainee Lawyer, at Reed Smith

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.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Reed Smith

Trainee, Trade Finance at Reed Smith

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.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Reed Smith

Trainee, at Reed Smith

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.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Clyde & Co LLP

trainee solicitor, PFD at Clyde & Co LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm thoroughly and know exactly what makes Clyde & Co stand out

Interview Advice: Know why you want to work at Clyde & Co and prepare thoroughly.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at DWF LLP

Application Advice: 1. Do your research on the firm. 2. Try and get through the doors and talk to people from DWF - attend the open days. 3. Keep up to date with articles about DWF in local newspapers.

Interview Advice: The interviews get more commercial as you go through the process. Know your CV and some competency examples off by heart. Use a breadth of examples from law to university to extra-curricular. Be presentable and turn up on time! Keep your answers structured - don't ramble.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Trainee, Trainee at Penningtons Manches LLP

Application Advice: Be confident and do your research before applying. Try to understand the key sectors we focus on.

Interview Advice: Relax and think before you answer. In group tasks, be a good listener and sum up the proposals of others as well as making your point. Get on well with everyone (within reason, of course).

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Womble Bond Dickinson

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Bond Dickinson LLP

Application Advice: When answering written questions on the application form, make sure that you go beyond basic description i.e. do not simply state the skills you possess; also explain why those skills are relevant to a lawyer and how those skills can be transferred and applied to a legal career. Do not dismiss past experiences on the basis that they may seem trivial or irrelevant to a career in the law - even a Saturday job or membership of a sports team can demonstrate skills and competencies which can be tranferred and applied to a legal career. When answering questions or attending an interview try and put yourself in the shoes of a recruiter or future colleague - ask yourself "would I want to work with me?" In other words, try and sell yourself to yourself. It may seem unnatural and a bit cheesy to begin with! Always ensure that you have researched the firm you are applying to thoroughly - websites, hard copy publications, the business sections of local papers, general internet searches and current employees are all great sources of information. Better yet, try and get to a local law fair (or other event which representatives from the firm may be attending). They are a great place to meet trainees and member of the HR team and, if you make a good impression, your name is more likely to be remembered during the recruitment process.

Interview Advice: As well as the usual competency questions, there will almost certainly be a question which addresses commercial awareness. This may relate to (among other things) the strategic sectors within the firm, current issues which may affect the firm (either on a local or a national scale) or the reasons for choosing a career in commercial law. If you have been asked to prepare a presentation you are also likely to be questioned on its content, so ensure you have done some reading around the subject and have thought about the topic in relation to the firm itself.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Do your research on the firm and make sure your tailor your application to the firm you are applying to. Take into account the firm's values.

Interview Advice: Be yourself

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Property at Penningtons Manches LLP

Application Advice: Take your time and make sure your application is fun and interesting without mistakes

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Associate, Construction at Penningtons Manches LLP

Application Advice: Know the firm...

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Womble Bond Dickinson

Trainee Solicitor, at Bond Dickinson LLP

Application Advice: Tailor your application to the firm and think carefully about why you think you are right for Bond Dickinson and equally why Bond Dickinson is right for you. Think about what you are passionate about and try to convey this in your application, both work related and non-work related. Make sure that your spelling and grammar are perfect - there is just no excuse on an application form and one small mistake could mean you don't get an interview.

Interview Advice: Relax. Interviews at Bond Dickinson are about trying to get the best out of you in a stressful situation. They are not designed to make the situation worse by tripping you up or asking unnecessary questions.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Aspen Insurance

Corporate paralegal, Group legal at Aspen Insurance

Application Advice: Have practical experience that supports your application and a strong understanding of what insurance is and its benefits.

Interview Advice: Research the company and look at what challenges it faces

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee solicitor, PLS at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Show ability and interest beyond acedemics and the law - this is a firm that doesn't have a 'type' but is looking for people who are passionate, with good people skills and personality.

Interview Advice: I was asked competency based questions with one question on current affairs at the initial telephone interview. At the assessment day I was then asked a wide range of competency questions as well as personal questions to better get to know me and my interest in the area that I was applying for. The final interview with a partner was completely dependent on the style of the person conducting the interview.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Nabarro

Trainee Solicitor, Projects at Nabarro

Application Advice: Be yourself and evaluate what strengths you possess and how they could have a positive impact for the business.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Court of Protection at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Demonstrate good people skills and highlight areas of experience that make you stand out from the crowd, such as charity work, pro bono or previous non-law jobs.

Interview Advice: Always ask interesting and relevant questions.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Mishcon de Reya

Trainee Solicitor, Trust and Succession Disputes at Mishcon de Reya

Application Advice: Research the work of the firm really thoroughly because the practice areas are surprisingly broad. Do not say that it is a niche firm or that you are there just for the private client work-there is much more to it.

Interview Advice: Know your CV really well and be prepared to defend it. Mishcon is a firm of litigators who will try and find something to challenge you on. Don't feel you have to agree with the interviewer, feel free to offer an alternative point of view.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Mishcon de Reya

Trainee, at Mishcon de Reya

Application Advice: Go for quality not quantity of applications.

Interview Advice: Be opinionated but back up opinions. Be likeable.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Mishcon de Reya

Trainee, Commercial Law at Mishcon de Reya

Application Advice: Research the firm well and be confident.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Clifford Chance LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Project Finance at Clifford Chance LLP

Application Advice: Know yourself and be prepared for anything. By this I mean, be sure that you have a thorough understanding of what sets you apart from others - everyone's story is unique. Do not try to be what they want, ensure you are the best version of yourself you can be in your presentation.

Interview Advice: If you get an assessment day, be thoroughly prepared and expect to have the ability to deal with anything that comes up (be it an unexpected question or a challenging business case). Stay calm and don't let anything diminish your focus and remain positive throughout. If one section of the day does not go well, do not let it ruin the others. Take a deep breath and approach each section anew.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Make yourself stand out

Interview Advice: Read up about a few stories in the FT that are interesting

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Read a business paper frequently - partners will test you to see how commerically aware you are. Beware of typos - attention to detail is key.

Interview Advice: Remember that they're also looking for people who can interact and work well with others - show some personality.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Make yourself stand out - make sure your application is unique and will be remembered.

Interview Advice: Just be yourself and try not to let nerves get the better of you.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Legal at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Do your research on why you want to do law, why you want to do corporate/commercial law but most importantly, why you want to work for Linklatyers. No substitute for preparation.

Interview Advice: Ensure you know why you want to do law, commercial/corporate law and why you want to work for Linklaters. Prepare your competency based questions but don't recite verbatim answers as this will trip you up when asked a variant question of what you have prepared. No substitute for preparation.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: If you have previously met representatives of the firm, for example at a presentation or careers event, mention it in the application - this can be useful in the context of answering why you want to work for the firm.

Interview Advice: Demonstrate that you have a real desire to work as a lawyer for a corporate law firm, and show that you have made efforts to understand the type of work that the firm does and how it differentiates itself from its competitors. It is not necessarily a good idea to try to impress with your own technical legal knowledge - the partners interviewing you will know far more than you do!

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee, Litigation at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Find out everything you can about the firm. Show general interest in commercial issues. Read the FT, Economist etc.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Structured Finance at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Be motivated, interested.

Interview Advice: Take the card of the people you meet during your interview day/vacation scheme and keep in contact with them. It is always nice to be able to say that you kept contact with the firm if you have a second interview.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Linklaters LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at Linklaters LLP

Application Advice: Get as broad work experience in the law and in other sectors as possible.

Interview Advice: Be prepared! You'll be asked all the standard questions - why do you want to join LL/ what differenciates us from other magic circle firms/ why do you want to be a lawyer etc - so make sure you have thought through your answers.

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Irwin Mitchell LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Business Legal Services at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Try and get legal experience to put on your application form, even if it is voluntary such as the citizens advice bureau. Taking part in charity and pro bono work is also important.

Interview Advice: Ensure you know the firm, such as why it is an Alternative Business Structure, the recent deals it has been involved in, our competitors and key clients.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Mishcon de Reya

Trainee, Employment at Mishcon de Reya

Application Advice: Do you research - know what the Firm does and pay particular attention to the Firm's core values.

Interview Advice: The Firm really focuses on individual's personalities and their passions; make sure you demonstrate these through your interview. Be yourself.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Nabarro

, at Nabarro

Application Advice: Be sure you have a natural interest in the law, as that is almost taken as a given. Most of all though, show who you really are, not who you think the want to see. This is a place where people are encouraged to show their personality and get involved in the wider life of the firm.

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Nabarro

Trainee Solicitor, Various at Nabarro

Application Advice: Focus on doing a few targeted applications rather than lots of generic ones.

Interview Advice: Prepare the competency scenarios beforehand and adapt accordingly.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Nabarro

Trainee, Commercial at Nabarro

Application Advice: Keep the application short and to the point.

Interview Advice: Smile lots.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Clifford Chance LLP

trainee solicitor, finance at Clifford Chance LLP

Application Advice: Ask yourself your reasons for doing it.

Interview Advice: Be prepared! Be yourself.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Clifford Chance LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Capital Markets at Clifford Chance LLP

Application Advice: You have to want to work hard and be willing to learn

Interview Advice: Confidence, enthusiasm and a hard work ethic is key

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Clifford Chance LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Clifford Chance LLP

Application Advice: Try to develop your commercial awareness.

Interview Advice: Be logical. Think things through.

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Womble Bond Dickinson

Trainee Solicitor, Real Estate at Bond Dickinson LLP

Application Advice: -do your homework- know the firm and its clients

Interview Advice: Preparation, including: try to find out who your interviewer(s) is beforehand; re-read your application; prepare answers to the obvious questions; and think of relevant questions to ask at the end.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Antitrust, Competition and Trade at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Application Advice: Show commercial awareness!

Interview Advice: Prepare by reading the FT and The Economist.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Trainee solicitor, Intellectual Property at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Application Advice: Spend some time writing your application and be as relaxed and real as possible in the interview.

Interview Advice: One question I was asked was: what keeps you awake at night?

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Energy and Projects at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Know the firm and what it does in as much detail as possible. Read beyond the materials on our website and tailor every answer in the application form as far as possible to us, our work, the legal market and business issues for clients.

Interview Advice: Explore deals we have done that are important to the firm, but also interest you. The interviews are fairly informal, so demonstrating an easy but confident manner is helpful. Dress for the city.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Trainee solicitor, Commercial at Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Application Advice: Do your research - know the culture of the firm.

Interview Advice: Have your own opinions.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Check, check and re-check! Make sure that there are absolutely no spelling or grammatical errors when you submit your application - its sure fire way to get your application headed straight for the bin. Also, you will be grilled on your application at interview, so make sure everything you say is accurate and you know the content inside and out.

Interview Advice: Show a little personality! Obviously you need to show that you know the firm and the industry and to show case your commerical awareness but it's important to show that you have personaility and ambition as this is what DWF are looking for in their partners of the future!

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Clyde & Co LLP

Trainee, Aviation at Clyde & Co LLP

Interview Advice: Make sure you know your CV inside out, and if you've mentioned an interest in a certain area of law, for example, be sure you can talk about it intelligently and confidently.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Sidley Austin LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Regulatory at Sidley Austin LLP

Application Advice: Research the firm and its specialisms.

Interview Advice: Define tort.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Application Advice: Include practical examples to back up phrases like 'I work well in a team', 'I am motivated' etc. Think about what will make you stand out from the crowd. Don't overstate your experience - you will get caught out at interview. Make sure you proof-read your application.

Interview Advice: Relax - at this stage, the interviewers want you to do well. Be a confident version of yourself.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Shoosmiths

Vacation scheme student, Real Estate at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Try to think outside the box of university/studies when answering experience-related questions on the application form. Shoosmiths is quite a unique firm in terms of its strategy, culture, branding and position in the market - make sure you reflect this in your answers, and show why you fit in perfectly.

Interview Advice: I had a phone interview including questions about the role, the firm, and my background and motivation. It is a good idea to think of all aspects of the role you are applying for and be prepared to answer questions on it.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Trainee, Finance at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Application Advice: Discuss your application with someone already working within a similar firm

Interview Advice: Interviewers will see through those who have applied just for the name

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Application Advice: Try to show a connection to the firm in your application (eg. met representative at a law fair) to show that you have a reason to apply to us rather than it being one of many applications.

Interview Advice: Do lots of preparation for interviews. Use the BBC business website for easy to digest summaries of business news.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Trainee, Private Client & Tax at Penningtons Manches LLP

Application Advice: Research your firm well; know what work is done, specifically in the office to which you are applying. If the firm emphasises cross office working, as the new Penningtons Manches does, then emphasis how work can come in from any office i.e. London but be done across the firm. Find a cultural/personality fit for the firm you apply for - it can be more important than the work you do.

Interview Advice: Research the firm: where possible find out the firms ambitions. Talk with real enthusiasm.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Research the role thoroughly.

Interview Advice: Reasearch 'the Values'.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Insurance at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Make sure you fully understand the sector lead approach and how this differs from other law firms. Really do your research and make sure you proof read your application. Check and double check for silly mistakes.

Interview Advice: Be yourself from the start. They can see right through any false claims They genuinely want to get to know you. Questions include our values and culture and our sectors and practice group.

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DWF LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Regulatory at DWF LLP

Application Advice: Make sure you read through your application and ensure it is specific to the firm. Do not copy and paste. Make sure your enthusiasm shines through!

Interview Advice: Be yourself and be honest.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Simmons & Simmons LLP

Application Advice: Think seriously about whether you are willing to have an unpredictable work schedule for your whole career. Working until 8pm may not sound late but when that is an average day, when you might not be allowed to take bank holidays or when you are expected to check your work blackberry all weekend it can quickly seem like all you do is work. If you don't really enjoy law and really want to work for an international firm then look for options at smaller firms. The pay may not be as good but you will get more responsibility, more credit and more time to spend outside of the office!

Interview Advice: Know your CV inside out and expect to be questioned on it. Your level of knowledge about the firm is tested throughout the application process so do thorough research before hand and make sure you are up to date on big news stories, including financial news so that you have something to talk about on the way to the interview room or know what the interviewer is referring to.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: With this role and with other training contract applications the advice would always be the same - research the firm as much as possible and take a genuine interest. Follow M&R lawyers on Twitter and keep up to date with legal news. Show this, and commercial awareness in your application. Go and experience as much as possible and show this in your application. The more you do and experience - the better.

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Trainee Solicitor, Norwich at Mills & Reeve LLP

Application Advice: When you are drafting your CV remember that client service is key - whatever jobs you have previously done always make sure you tweak your CV to refer to any skills you have relating to client service.

Interview Advice: Smile.

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Trainee Solicitor, at Penningtons Manches LLP

Application Advice: Be yourself.

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Administration Assistant, Mortgage Recoveries at Shoosmiths

Application Advice: Be very honest and true to yourself and ensure you are aware of the company and what they stand for.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and be honest. Preparation is also key.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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Admin, at Blake Morgan

Application Advice: Take each day as it comes as there will be certain tasks that you may not understand and never be afraid to ask for help.

Interview Advice: My advice would be to speak up, don't sit back and wait for the job to be handed to you. Small things like sitting up straight, taking notes, paying attention, these are all key things as they will pick up on this during your interview. They are looking for someone to work with not someone to hang out with. By all means be happy and have a joke but keep it professional.

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Level 3 Trailblazer Paralegal Apprentice, Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Always be confident, confidence will be a necessity in the job role so it is very important to show that you are a confident person when you apply. In addition to this, don't be afraid to ask questions, whether it's on your application or in an interview. As it was the first year of apprentices when I applied, everything was very new and slightly uncertain. However now it will be clearer on how the scheme works, so if you're confused about something don't hesitate to ask.

Interview Advice: I was asked about my part time job. Obviously, this showed that I had experience in a working environment and although the job roles were completely different I could still transfer some of my skills, for example, communication. Therefore, those who interviewed me were very focused on this. In addition to this, for my interview I had to prepare a presentation on something that I found interesting, the presentation lasted about 10 minutes. I would advise candidates to thoroughly prepare for this and ensure you know what you're saying. You can create a powerpoint presentation or even print off hand outs to give to the interviewers. This presentation demonstrates a number of your skills, and it's important that you do it to the best of your ability.

Industry: Law, Paralegal

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, Client Service Team at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Reduce your nerves, the interview is there to discover your personality. Research the company as we deal with a plethora of cases in all different departments of law.

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Paralegal Apprentice, Personal Injury at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Try to stay true to yourself throughout your application. Find out about the company and what they stand for, and think about how these values match up with yours. Try to find out as much as you can about the role and don't be afraid to ask questions or be curious about the job. Think about what skills you have used in other areas of your life and how you can apply these to the job role.

Interview Advice: Really listen to the questions and don't be afraid to think for a couple of seconds before jumping into answering it. Consider what they're asking you and how you can show your understanding of the question. Take your time and don't worry about asking them to clarify or word the question differently. They will appreciate the time you took to be accurate and understand - never worry about feeling stupid. Try to show that you have the skills they're looking for, by using an example, rather than just telling them you can do something.

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CILEx Level 3 Apprentice Paralegal Trailblazer, Real Estate at Irwin Mitchell LLP

Application Advice: Work hard on your CV making sure it shows your passion and unique skills and talents. Show your personality in your interview and believe in yourself.

Interview Advice: Make sure to be confident and show your personality. Do some research into the most commonly asked questions, as some of these did pop up for me.

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