The LawCareers.Net Handbook 2021

may still be forthcoming. Further advice appears throughout LCNH. In particular, be sure to read the profiles of individual solicitors and barristers in the practice area sections, many of whom offer their take on the application and interview process. Further reading There is a wealth of useful application advice on LawCareers.Net – type ‘application’ and ‘interview’ in the search bar for comprehensive guidance on every stage of the process, from initial research to performing in an interview or assessment centre.

Reality check: Remember that youwon’t be successful in your interviewendeavours without preparing thoroughly, dressing smartly, arrivingpunctually andmaking eye contact.

Ten top interview questions Naturally, what you will be asked in interviews can vary from firm to firm and set to set. However, here are 10 commonly asked questions to give you an idea of what recruiters are keen to know:

• Why are you applying to this firm/chambers? • What are your long-term objectives in terms of career development? • What do you really want in life? • Are you satisfied with your academic achievements to date? • What sorts of qualities do you feel you can bring to a job or career?

• What do you see as your personal strengths? • What do you see as your faults or weaknesses?

• What is the worst mistake you have ever made and what did you learn from it? • Have there been any commercial stories in the news over the last week that have interested you? • Is there any aspect of the law or criminal justice system you would like to change?

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