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

Pinsent Masons Interview

When was your Pinsent Masons interview? 

February 2018

What was it for? 

Vacation scheme

Please describe the interview process at Pinsent Masons.

Psychometric Test and Interview with a fee earner

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

Interview: Very rigid – interviewer read questions off a sheet, in a specific order, and didn’t deviate. Usual competency questions and ‘why us’. Also asked which other firms I had applied to.

Psychometric Test: pattern recognition, so you have to choose the next shape in the sequence by working out the rules (i.e, black dot moved 180% degrees with every shape). Very, very hard – similar in format to those available online (for free), but much harder.

When was your Pinsent Masons interview? 

February 2017

What was it for? 

Vacation scheme

Please describe the interview process at Pinsent Masons.

1. Interview. 60 minutes.

2. Psychometric testing. 60 minutes.

Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

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

1. The interview is mostly competency-based. The interviewer (a partner or senior associate) will read from a list of questions and make notes while you answer. The firm has a competency framework that is available on their website; make sure you can demonstrate these competencies with examples from your work history/positions of responsibility.

2. The psychometric test you’ll be asked to undertake will revolve around inductive reasoning (i.e. pattern recognition). There are plenty of example tests on the internet. I would recommend the full-length practise test on SHL. Each data set will be linked to a block of five questions. In order to get marks on the block, you’ll need to get all five questions right. There will be over 100 questions.