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Attending interview can feel daunting, so here’s a few hints and tips to help you get ready for the day, focus on your interview, and make a good impression.
1. Be prepared
Make a checklist of all the things you need to know before your interview, such as where the office is, how to get there, journey times, what to wear, and who to ask for at reception. That way, you’re more likely to arrive at the office calm, collected and ready to make a good impression.
2. Do your research
Part of your interview will focus on why you’re interested in a legal career, and in particular, one with White & Case. Before you prepare your answers, ask yourself: what attracted me to
White & Case, why are they different, what are the key practice areas, and which recent deals have I found particularly interesting? Also, think about the trainee programme and why it appeals to you. We want you to demonstrate a genuine interest, not a formulated answer you’ve learnt by heart.
3. Be confident
Arrive on time, look smart and enter the interview room with confidence. The fact we’ve asked you to interview should give you a certain amount of self-assurance. Smile as you greet your interviewers and give a firm handshake. Be positive, enthusiastic and maintain eye contact with the interviewers throughout.
4. Answer questions clearly and succinctly
If you don’t understand a question, ask the interviewer to repeat it or provide clarification. Digest the question before answering – don’t just jump in. Draw on your research and provide examples if you can. Think about the skills you’ve learned and developed over the years, and show how you can transfer them to your role as a trainee. Be sure to sell yourself.
5. Ask questions
An interview is a two-way process. To see if this is the type of firm you want to join, it’s important we answer your questions. Don’t just ask questions you think the interviewers will want to hear. Instead, ask questions that will help inform your decision.
Make sure you leave the room with a smile, good eye contact, and a firm handshake. And remember to thank the interviewers for their time.