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A&L Goodbody

Interview: Tips & Advice

2018

"I got my training contract through the summer internship programme. This involved filling in an online application, attending an interview before getting accepted for the internship, and another interview after the four-week internship. I would recommend that future applicants familiarise themselves with the firm's website to discover what the practice areas are and what kind of work the firm is involved in. Make a habit of reading the business supplements of the national newspapers to get a sense of what is important in Irish (and European) business news."
Second year trainee,
"The application process is an online application followed by an interview with two partners. In terms of a successful application, I would emphasise all extracurricular pursuits. The firm has plenty of applicants with the requisite grades so an interesting hobby or achievement makes you stand out. For the interview, be prepared to talk about anything in your application in detail. It's more of a getting-to-know-you chat than a grilling on your legal and commercial knowledge."
Third year trainee,
"The process consists of a detailed application followed by interviews. The best advice I received was to stay relaxed as this will show an ability to remain calm in pressurised situations, which is a very important quality in this field."
Third year trainee,
"There's a formal online application and, if successful, an interview with two partners at the firm. My advice is to do many practice applications before submitting your real one. Speak to as many people in the industry as possible as well as people within the firm. Do not hold back or be too shy."
Third year trainee,
"The application process consists of an online application and individual interviews. Be well versed on all aspects of your CV and application form. If you have previous work experience then have a lot prepared on what kind of work you did. Steer the conversation where you would like it to go. Also, look at the newspapers and current economic situation."
Third year trainee,
"The application process includes an online competency-based form that individuals have to complete prior to the interview stage. It gives the firm an understanding of the type of candidate you are and whether you would be a good fit for the firm. Spend a lot of time answering the questions as they are reviewed by partners and associates. If you are offered the opportunity to interview with the firm, be prepared and be yourself. Have questions ready to ask your interviewers."
Second year trainee,
"I would advise individuals applying to be themselves and to think of examples where they have demonstrated key skills such as leadership, resilience and quick thinking. I would also suggest keeping up with current affairs."
Second year trainee,
"Your extracurricular activities and your previous work history are your most useful attributes when applying for internships and traineeships. The vast majority of people applying for positions will have completed a law degree and will probably have strong academic results. It is your extracurricular activities and your work history that make you stand out. Anything that helps you be an individual among a crowd will help you go very far to obtaining a position at the firm."
Third year trainee,
"There is an application form to fill out that takes quite a long time and requires a lot of effort. My tip for applying is to leave plenty of time for the application so that you can make changes to your first draft and get as many people as you can to read over it for typos and suggestions. Research the firm and make sure you show why ALG is the place you want to work and that you understand that facilitating the client is a main focus."
Second year trainee,
"Practise answering questions out loud as it gives you experience in giving well structured answers. I think listening to the radio every day eg Newstalk, builds up your commercial awareness. I would not recommend just reading the newspaper before your interview. It is not enough. I would also recommend letting your personality shine through as people want a person they can work with and not somebody who is too stern."
Second year trainee,

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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