When was your Shoosmiths interview? 

March 2018

What was it for? 

Vacation scheme

Please describe the interview process at Shoosmiths.

The assessment day has four key elements: a role play, which is similar to a client meeting; a group exercise, where candidates discuss information they have gained from the role play; a written exercise, in which candidates will have to use information they have been given throughout the day to create a persuasive written argument; and a competency-based interview.

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

You are expected to work competently as an individual and in group. It is competitive and everybody wants to show off their best attributes, but you should remember to be respectful of others and not their competitive side get the better of them. You need to display motivation, encouragement of others, inclusiveness, note taking skills and the ability to move the group towards a decision. I advice is to speak because if you do not speak, you will not be assessed. However, this does not mean that you should speak for the sake of speaking, but if you have something good to add. Think about how the firm differentiates itself from others. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?