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A&L Goodbody

Interview Questions

2018

"I was asked about myself, my work experience and why I wanted to work in corporate law. I was asked how I would approach solving a complex problem and what I liked about the firm. It was a friendly and unintimidating interview process."
First year trainee,
"I was asked why I chose a career in law and why I wanted to become a solicitor. I was also asked about my application form and the scenario I was presented with, as well as one or two questions about current affairs."
Third year trainee,
"I was asked about trends in the global market that may impact the firm's business as well as which one aspect of the way the firm works I would like to change."
Third year trainee,
"I was asked questions about mergers and acquisitions of the year as well as questions regarding the financial crisis and unrecovered debts. There were also questions about my personal life and beliefs."
Third year trainee,
"I was mostly asked about the content of my application form including sports I play, my previous work experience and colleges."
Second year trainee,
"The questions were very much about me, my previous work experience, my future plans and ambitions and my interests. There were one or two questions to do with recent events but they came up organically in the context of our conversation."
Third year trainee,
"A lot of the questions were to do with the extracurricular activities on my application. There were also some political and economical questions."
Third year trainee,
"The internship interview is based on your application. Make sure you know what you have written and be able to expand on that. The traineeship interview involved pushing me on commercial issues such as the corporate tax rate. It's important to have a view."
Second year trainee,
"I was asked about the modules I had studied at college, my interests and activities, and my motivation for becoming a solicitor."
Second year trainee,
"Be prepared for the interviewer to go off script and talk about your plans for the summer or what you got up to last weekend. It is important to show that you're professional and well accomplished, but it is also important to show that you are confident and have a personality."
First year trainee,

2015

"Throughout the interview I was asked to tell them about the firm, to show my understanding/viewpoint on corporate social responsibility, and to identify where I see myself in five/ten years down the line. I also had to show which areas I would like to practice in, and tell my interviewer about my hobbies."
First year trainee, Dublin
"I was asked all about my CV during the interview. It is imperative to have answers prepared about all aspects of your CV. I was asked: why I wanted to work for A&L, why I want to be a solicitor, whether I read the newspapers and if I had any questions to ask them."
Dublin
"I was asked what I thought I would be doing, why I wanted to work at the firm, why I wanted to do corporate law, why I wanted to do it in Dublin and a lot of questions about myself and my application form."
First year trainee, Dublin
"During the interview I had to show why I felt that I was an appropriate candidate for A&L Goodbody. I had to tell my interviewer about a time when something did not go successfully for me, and when an endeavour I undertook went successfully, and I had to tell my interviewer about a time when I worked in a team."
First year trainee, Dublin
"I was asked a wide range of questions: what subjects I did in my leaving certificate, about my many part-time jobs, about why I was applying to A&L Goodbody, and also if I felt I was ready to commit to a training contract."
First year trainee, Dublin
"Throughout the interview I was asked why I wanted to work for A&L Goodbody, to identify three qualities a partner would need, and given questions on my experience of travelling. I also had a problem question on money laundering, and how I would act if I suspected its occurrence."
First year trainee, Dublin
"The questions were a mixture of competency-based questions and others which tested my knowledge of the firm and the legal market generally. I also had to answer discuss legal issues relating to a fictitious scenario. Again, my advice would be to concentrate on the commercial points rather than focusing on the law."
First year trainee, Dublin
"I was first asked questions about myself so that they could get to know more about who I am. We then moved on to questions about commercial affairs that were relevant at the time as well as questions as to why I wanted to work in a law firm."
First year trainee, Dublin
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