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Lumree

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    Hasn't this been a record breaking application cycle? I'm trying to remember if I've heard some firms say they've received more applications than any other year - like thousands more, can anyone confirm this? I wonder why that is if true...
    Seen lots of firms say the same thing. I think it’s a mix of career changers, redundancies, and students with more time on their hands during the pandemic
     

    SB1539

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    Hi all, just wondering if someone could offer some help here... I'm preparing for an AC and I'd seen a past candidate say that they were asked "Who is someone that you look up to and why". I was just wondering if anyone could give me some inspiration?
     

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    Hi all, just wondering if someone could offer some help here... I'm preparing for an AC and I'd seen a past candidate say that they were asked "Who is someone that you look up to and why". I was just wondering if anyone could give me some inspiration?
    I got asked a similar question in an interview (I was successful). It was a bit of a curve ball but I said the first thing that came into my head at the time, which was a family member. I don't think this has to be anything specific as long as you can substantiate your answer with why.

    For example, I explained that this family member is someone I look up to because they're hard-working and have worked low-level jobs their whole life to support their family, they're honest and patient, good emotional intelligence etc. These are all things that I would like to be in life. I then spoke a little about how this has inspired me to become a hard worker and be more patient etc etc.

    I really believe sometimes this question is better answered as naturally as possible, your interviewers will often appreciate that.

    Hope that helps!
     

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    Hi all, just wondering if someone could offer some help here... I'm preparing for an AC and I'd seen a past candidate say that they were asked "Who is someone that you look up to and why". I was just wondering if anyone could give me some inspiration?
    I had that and they specially specified non-family. I discussed my personal career hero (someone political). I think another time I got asked more specifically about someone I wish to emulate at work, so I talked about a previous boss
     

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    I had that and they specially specified non-family. I discussed my personal career hero (someone political). I think another time I got asked more specifically about someone I wish to emulate at work, so I talked about a previous boss
    I'm glad mine didn't specify this or I would have been doomed haha.
     

    Jessica Booker

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    Hasn't this been a record breaking application cycle? I'm trying to remember if I've heard some firms say they've received more applications than any other year - like thousands more, can anyone confirm this? I wonder why that is if true...
    Applications numbers always go up in recessions. Improved quantity doesn’t equal improved quality though!

    People will also flock to law as vacancies don’t tend to fluctuate as much as other industries. I suspect the SQE coming in also has a bit of an impact this year.
     
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    Hi! So I have never done an assessment day before and I have been invited to the assessment day for Howard Kennedy - it's their final stage and is made up of a group assessment in the morning and final partner interview in the afternoon.

    I feel okay for the group assessment but I have no idea where to even start with prep for the interview. Is someone able to give me some tips? Or even better, has anyone had experience with being interviewed at Howard Kennedy? I feel quite behind in being up to date with commercial/business news - I don't think I've even tried to articulate any of my opinions or thoughts on commercial issues so I am at the bare basics here. Any advice or tips are welcome!!
     

    Jacob Miller

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    Hi! So I have never done an assessment day before and I have been invited to the assessment day for Howard Kennedy - it's their final stage and is made up of a group assessment in the morning and final partner interview in the afternoon.

    I feel okay for the group assessment but I have no idea where to even start with prep for the interview. Is someone able to give me some tips? Or even better, has anyone had experience with being interviewed at Howard Kennedy? I feel quite behind in being up to date with commercial/business news - I don't think I've even tried to articulate any of my opinions or thoughts on commercial issues so I am at the bare basics here. Any advice or tips are welcome!!
    If youre starting at a foundational level, I would consider reading my articles on interview prep and law firm departments/ structure to help you with your overall understanding in these areas.

    If you want to look at teamwork tasks too, I've also got an article on assessed negotiations which has a discussion of teamwork more generally.
     
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    Gabriella7498

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    Hey everyone! I was wondering if it's normal for a firm to give out TCs offers to VS participants before they get back to direct TC applicants? I completed a written case study for a firm last Friday and still have not heard back from them. I know their summer VS is happening right now so I'm trying not to worry too much about the response time.
     

    Jessica Booker

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    Hey everyone! I was wondering if it's normal for a firm to give out TCs offers to VS participants before they get back to direct TC applicants? I completed a written case study for a firm last Friday and still have not heard back from them. I know their summer VS is happening right now so I'm trying not to worry too much about the response time.
    It wouldn’t be unknown. Firms will often prioritise vacation scheme applicants because they have typically been able to assess them much more thoroughly. It’s not to say that all firms do this though.

    Three working days is no time at all for a law firm. It could easily be they just haven’t got your feedback yet and nothing to do with the vacation scheme.
     
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    wildprincessx

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    How much do you feel your Y3 results will improve your academic profile?

    I think there is a good chance that they will boost my overall average. My commercial modules are also in Y3 (company law, commercial law). Is that a strong enough reason to put off applying until I receive them, particularly since Macfarlanes is rolling.
     

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    I think there is a good chance that they will boost my overall average. My commercial modules are also in Y3 (company law, commercial law). Is that a strong enough reason to put off applying until I receive them, particularly since Macfarlanes is rolling.
    You could list your optional modules anyway and just say the results are TBC.

    If you think it is important to wait for your results though, then do so. Most people won’t be applying until a week before the deadline anyway (and in most cases the day of the deadline.)
     

    SB1539

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    I got asked a similar question in an interview (I was successful). It was a bit of a curve ball but I said the first thing that came into my head at the time, which was a family member. I don't think this has to be anything specific as long as you can substantiate your answer with why.

    For example, I explained that this family member is someone I look up to because they're hard-working and have worked low-level jobs their whole life to support their family, they're honest and patient, good emotional intelligence etc. These are all things that I would like to be in life. I then spoke a little about how this has inspired me to become a hard worker and be more patient etc etc.

    I really believe sometimes this question is better answered as naturally as possible, your interviewers will often appreciate that.

    Hope that helps!
    I had that and they specially specified non-family. I discussed my personal career hero (someone political). I think another time I got asked more specifically about someone I wish to emulate at work, so I talked about a previous boss
    Thank you both!
     

    Dheepa

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    Would anyone that has been successful with Freshfields' application please message me? :)
    There is a lot of advice on this thread if you haven't seen it already

     
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