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A&L Goodbody

Interview: Tips & Advice (graduates)

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What kind of candidates does your firm look to hire? What tips and advice would you offer potential candidates? How would you recommend candidates best prepare for the interview?

2015

"You need to submit a written application in the 'milk-round' or do a summer internship. In terms of the written application, get someone, and as many people as you can, to proof read your application before submitting. In terms of preparing for the interview, be commercially aware, know what is happening and how that would affect both the business and Ireland."
First year trainee, Dublin
"The interview process is really quite natural. There are no written assessments or group interviews. You will be interviewed by two partners. Top tip: make it a conversation as opposed to an interrogation (ask questions throughout and demonstrate your enthusiasm about commercial law)."
Third year trainee, Dublin
"The application process consists of a detailed application form, followed by a single interview with two partners. In terms of preparation, it is important to be aware of the firm, its culture and its clients, and to demonstrate good general commercial awareness. It's also important to get across who you are and your personality."
Second year trainee, Dublin
"The application is an online form, CV and an interview. You should keep up-to-date with current affairs, read through college notes to prepare for any legal problem questions, have a five year plan in mind and demonstrate why you are interested in commercial law rather than other areas."
First year trainee, Dublin
"The best preparation is to be relaxed as possible. While questions will come up on commercial issues the focus at the interview will be on communication skills and so as long as your answer is expressed clearly and makes sense and contains a number of clear, cogent points you should be fine."
Third year trainee, Dublin
"There is a written application and one interview. A tip includes backing up all the statements in your application form with concrete examples. Further, have a good mix of academic, work and extra-curricular activities and therefore, do not discount things like a part-time summer job or a hobby."
Second year trainee, Dublin
"The best way to prepare is to know your application form inside out. I do not think that I was tested on anything that was not included on my form. Be prepared to answer any possible questions from your application form."
Second year trainee, Dublin

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