Emily, a student at Exeter, has successfully secured both a Vacation Scheme and Training Contract at Macfarlanes. We had a chat with Emily to ask about her experience of the application process and how being a Bright Network member helped her to secure her dream role.
Why did you choose this company and this role?
Having attended lots of open days at City law firms in my first year, I really loved the people and culture at Macfarlanes. This is what motivated me to apply for the Vacation Scheme initially, and I then undertook the Training Contract application process whilst on the Vacation Scheme.
What were the different stages of the application process and how did you prepare?
I originally applied online for the Vacation Scheme through the firm’s online application form, which consisted of around 4 or 5 questions. I then attended an assessment day, which involved a written exercise, an in-tray exercise, a negotiation exercise and an interview. After successfully securing a place, we were assessed on the Vacation Scheme through: a competency-based interview with a partner; an in-tray exercise; a second interview with another partner; a written exercise; and, a mock negotiation transaction, all of which took place across the two weeks.
What was the toughest part of the application process and what was your favourite part?
The toughest part of the application process was probably the competency-based interview, as the partner is always going to grill you and challenge your answers. My favourite part of the process was the overall experience of the Vacation Scheme - yes it is part of the application process and it’s basically a 2-week interview, but I loved it!
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
1. Preparation is key!
2. Try to enjoy yourself - any interview you do is a chance to get to know the firm better!
3. Make sure you do your research - otherwise the firm will be able to see straight through you.
What's your lucky charm or pre-interview ritual?
I don't really have one! I think that preparation is key for interviews, so I always make sure I print off my CV and my application form and read through those beforehand.
How did being a Bright Network member help you secure this role?
I mainly used the Bright Network website, and I also really liked the commercial awareness emails - the weekly updates were a great way to keep on top of breaking stories!