Taylor Wessing is a full-service international law firm, standing at the forefront of the industries of tomorrow. We caught up with them to hear about their top tips for excelling in an interview.
1. The basics
Arrive 10 minutes before your interview or assessment day is due to start, and ensure you're dressed the part. First impressions do count, so don't forget to smile, shake hands and work on building rapport with interviewers. During the interview be aware of maintaining eye contact with your interviewers and consider your body language and posture, as this shows confidence and creates a professional impression.
2. Preparation & Enthusiasm
Do your research! You should know about the firm's unique selling points, recent news articles and awards won. Setting up Google alerts is a great way to get the most recent news about the firm. As well as research we want to know why you want to work for us and want to see you are passionate and excited about a career with us. Therefore, we want personal and compelling reasons for wanting to work as a trainee solicitor at Taylor Wessing without repeating our recruitment marketing material.
Many candidates get nervous, and end up speaking too quickly. Take your time with your answers, and give yourself the chance to think of the best answer you can possible give. Sometimes in interviews you may find it hard to listen and often answer the wrong question, therefore, listen to questions carefully before launching into a response. It is fine to ask if you need the question to be repeated just to double check.
If you really struggle with nerves convince yourself that this surge of adrenalin is excitement. Visualisation can be a great tool when overcoming interview nerves. Tell yourself all the reasons you have to be excited about this interview and visualise achieving the result you want. Also tensing muscles during an interview and releasing them can also help get rid of excess adrenaline that causes those physical symptoms, including your mind going blank!
There will always be the need for answers to skills questions around teamwork, communication, organisation, problem-solving, initiative, creativity and working under pressure so make sure you have more than one project, event, and achievement to draw on. If you are worried about rambling base your answers on structures such as S T A R format - Situation, Task, Action, Result.
6. Be proud and confident
If you made it to interview or assessment centre then recognise that this is a fantastic achievement as summer vacation schemes and training contracts are very competitive. Therefore, you can be confident that you have done something in your application to make the firm believe you are a potential fit for the firm. Even if the interview is unsuccessful it is important to embrace these wins.
7. Have some questions to ask
This is a great opportunity to find out more. Your questions should demonstrate real interest in the firm and show you're taking the interview seriously.
Conclude positively even if you don't think it went well. Reflect on what went well and what you would do differently next time. Be patient as you will be contacted.
To find out more about opportunities at Taylor Wessing, check out their profile here.