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Why do I never get offered job interviews – Top Tips for getting a job application noticed

Every week we get lots of permanent vacancies and locum assignments from solicitors’ firms and in house legal departments. They’re often looking for a specific type of solicitor, with sufficient experience to do a specific job. Lets take a recent example. A firm in the South East of England are looking as follows: Permanent, Full…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – Describe a project where you needed to involve input from other departments – how did you identify that need and how did you ensure buy-in from the appropriate leaders and managers?

Advice This is a STAR competency based interview question. STAR stands for “Situation, Task, Action and Result” and this particular question is a strong example of where using this technique is so effective. Firstly it is probably almost impossible to answer this type of question without having thought about it before attending the interview. It…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – describe a project or situation where you took a project to completion despite important opposition.

Advice This type of question is competency based and involves using the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result). Manna from heaven for any Six Sigma practitioners or business change managers. For everyone else it is a very difficult question indeed as the majority of professionals do not spend their working lives dealing with conflict in…

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Barristers - riddled with nepotism?
in Careers Advice, Legal Profession, Training Contracts, Pupillage and Work Experience

How to Work as a Lawyer in the UK – top tips

Here are the Ten Percent Legal Recruitment top tips for becoming a lawyer in the UK. Firstly, bear in mind that there are quite a few different types of lawyer working in the UK, including barristers, solicitors, “non-qualified fee earners”, legal executive, licensed conveyancer, will writers and paralegals. In case it assists, a “non-qualified fee…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – demonstrate an understanding of organisational issues

Demonstrate an understanding of underlying organisational issues. Advice A very difficult question if you are not used to dealing with managerial speak! This is a question involving the STAR technique of firstly identifying the situation, secondly identifying a specific task, thirdly identifying your action as part of that task and finally confirming what the result…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – Can you give me evidence that you set yourself high personal standards?

Advice This is a particular type of question where you need to have a number of examples of work you have undertaken in the past or present that can be tailored according to the question asked.  You need to think of specific examples where potentially you have completed a task well. However because this was…

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Don't reject candidates before you get an acceptance
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Don’t tell candidates they have been rejected until you are absolutely sure that you don’t want them.

We recently had an instance where a solicitors firm interviewed three or four different solicitors for a role, which was relatively well paid and required a particular level of expertise. The partners saw four candidates at interview and made a decision after the interviews to recruit one of these. They immediately emailed the unsuccessful candidates…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – Describe a project or situation where you had to use different leadership styles to reach your goal?

Advice This is a question involving the STAR technique and another example of a question where you need to have specific projects and incidents stored in your brain ready to be adapted to answer these questions. The author of this article thinks that this approach to interviewing is not particularly good or effective.  The technique…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – describe a company you think is doing well or badly and explain why you think this is so?

Advice Preferably you will have been asked this question with just the well as opposed to the badly bit as it is a general rule in interviews that wherever possible you try to avoid any negative comment or thought about anything. It does make a difference to the perception of the interviewer if you focus…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – Are you hoping for specialisation in a particular field. If so, why?

Advice This is a loaded question and one you need to be very careful about answering.  If you are applying for a junior post, for example a training contract with a solicitors’ firm, you really should not be giving any indication at this stage of an interest to specialise in.  You simply do not know…

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Legal Job Interview Question and Answer – Are you considering any other positions at the moment?

Advice This question really depends on the circumstances of the interview. If you have been headhunted, are currently in employment and not particularly looking until you were approached then it would be perfectly acceptable to give a straightforward answer. If not, you need to consider your response very carefully. If you give an affirmative answer…

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