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Matching Current Salary with a Job Offer – a good idea?

Making a Job Offer and matching current salary – a good idea? A candidate looks to make a move and we send them over details of vacancies. The candidate applies for a vacancy and we send a CV across to a firm, indicating current salary...

Top Tips for Succeeding at Legal Job Interviews

Interview Survival Tips Top tips for surviving legal job interviews: 1. Do not exaggerate your abilities. We have recently had a conveyancing candidate claim she could run files from start to finish and work independently. The solicitors firm...

Top 5 Things to Take to a Job Interview

Top 5 things to take to an interview with you We hear lots of feedback as recruiters as to items that our candidates take in with them to interviews and here are the top 5 to add value to any job applications you might make. 1)    Your CV. So...

Top 5 Tips for getting the most out of Interviews

Top 5 Tips for making sure you get the most out of interviews. These tips apply as much to senior members of staff and managers as they do for junior staff. They are designed so that you get the most out of the recruitment process when you...

Top 5 Tips for Getting the most out of Candidates

Top 5 Tips for making sure you get the most out of candidates applying for your posts. These tips apply as much to senior members of staff and managers as they do for junior staff. They are designed so that you get the most out of the recruitment...

Interview Question – What sort of response would your referees give?

Interview Question – What sort of response would we get from your referees about your professional and social manner? This question is asking you to consider the way you come across as a professional and also in a social environment. It is...

An interview with Jonathan Fagan, Solicitor, Legal Recruitment Consultant and Career Coach

Q          Why do you offer career coaching to lawyers and law students? Good question!  Together with 3 other lawyers I set up Ten Percent Legal Recruitment back in April 2000. Within a few months we were being bombarded with CVs...

How Do Training Contract Interviews Vary when with Partners or HR Managers

I was asked yesterday about the likely interview style and questions to be thrown at someone from a city law firm during a pre-selection day interview. This was to be with the HR Manager of the firm and would last for about 30 minutes. Does...

Taking Up References

The decision to give references is sometimes quite complicated. Firms have requested references before second interviews, including requests to speak to current employers (!) and colleagues. Alternatively some firms ask for references prior...

Job Offers – how to decide

A recent dilemna arose for a solicitor looking to take a fairly senior post in the North of England. He had two offers, as well as an additional firm interested. One firm were very friendly, a reasonable size, good working conditions, excellent...

Business Acumen

Business Acumen – what’s it all about? This term comes up quite often in legal job interviews, whether for training contracts or qualified solicitor roles. But what exactly does it mean? In reality, not a lot! The usual question...

Job Offers – Sticking or Twisting

Negotiation with some firms is like a gunfight at OK Corral! It can be great fun dealing with firms and candidates when it comes to job offers being made by firms. Some firms make good, competitive offers, which any sensible candidate would...

The Unwritten Rules of Legal Job Interviews

The main aim and focus during interview must be: EVERYBODY LIKES ME, I LIKE EVERYBODY, I AM WILLING TO DO ALMOST ANYTHING (WITHIN REASON), I HAVE NO PROBLEMS WITH ANYTHING OR ANYBODY. 12 Top Tips for Surviving and Succeeding at Legal Job Interviews.  1.     ...

Discussing Flexible Hours or Child Care in a Job Interview

When interviewing a potential employee for a job, it is important to see things at all times from the employee’s perspective – they will almost certainly be trying to guess what you are wanting, thinking and going to say to them...

Technical Questions in a Legal Job Interview

As recruitment consultants, we are not sure that this is good practice. In fact I would recommend avoiding confronting candidates head on with technical questions. Firstly, at an interview a candidate is nervous and slightly wary, secondly partners...

How to Get Travel Expenses Paid for Job Interviews

Firstly, be aware that a lot of employers want to do the decent thing when it comes to interviews, and are open to requests. They are highly unlikely to offer to pay travel expenses unless you ask! You have to prepared to be proactive in interviews,...

Interview Question – if you did not have to work, what would you do?

This is quite an easy question to answer as to a certain extent it has no hidden agenda, unlike a lot of questions, and does not leave you open to too much cross examination. One thing to be aware of is that if you come up with “I’d...

Interview Question – What can you contribute to a team?

A cursed question to anyone who has not worked with business speak before. The reality is that the concept of teamwork is somewhat different in a law firm – the majority of decisions are made at senior level, and although more junior staff...

Interview Question – Would you describe yourself as ambitious?

I have to confess I asked someone this once, and he said “oh no, I have never been ambitious – I just want to earn some money”, which is an honest enough answer! In fact most employers would love this as in reality this is...

What to Wear for an Interview

I have conducted career coaching sessions for a number of years for law students and lawyers, and once someone come to see me to ask what they needed to wear for a legal job interview. It almost seemed like the primary reason she had travelled...

Interview Preparation for Lawyers

How to Prepare for a Legal Job Interview Dress Attending for interviews is your chance, and often your one and only chance to present yourself as a potential lawyer to the firm. It is important that if you are male that you wear a suit with...