Interview experiences for vacation schemes and training contracts. Law firms are sorted alphabetically.

HFW Interview

When was your HFW interview? 

August 2017

What was it for? 

Vacation scheme

Please describe the interview process at HFW.

First you complete a Watson Glaser test, then a written task on a scenario where you had to provide advice to a client. You have 45 minutes for this. Then there is an interview with 2 senior associates and after this a group task with at least 2 other people.

What advice would you give to future applicants for the HFW interview?

For the Watson Glaser they are looking for scores in the 70th percentile and above. For the written task, skim read everything once then read over the key bits again. Make sure the structure of your advice is good. For the interview, you need to research the firm and its sectors and show a clear motivation for a legal career. In the group task you need to show good analysis, teamwork and make a contribution to the discussion. Also try to read both parts of the brief as you will need to discuss both of them. There is no right answer to the task, they just want to see that you can work well with others.

When was your HFW interview? 

February 2018

What was it for? 

Vacation scheme

Please describe the interview process at HFW.

Written exercise, group exercise, interview with two senior associates, Watson Glaser test, then lunch. 5 hours overall.

What advice would you give to future applicants for the HFW interview?

The interview involved some quite hard and specific questions. I admitted I didn’t know much about a couple of them, and still got a vac scheme offer – be honest and show that you can cope with being put on the spot without panicking. The written exercise involved quite a lot of reading and applying a set of rules to a problem scenario. We were told to keep the letter of advice brief and to the point – make sure you cover the key points without writing too much. The group exercise involved four of us debating the best option. It is useful to do some basic maths, and keep an eye on the time because there’s a lot to discuss!