2020-21 Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion

Veep9

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Was it worth applying to Hogan Lovells? I just submitted mine a few days back and am wondering if putting all that effort into a Direct TC was worth it.

I’ve heard their WGT is really hard as well :/
I applied for the direct TC but haven’t heard at all. Not even been sent the WG. So 🤷🏽‍♀️ There’s a while to the deadline so I’m a bit concerned about what’s happening.
 

Jacob Miller

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    Hi @Jessica Booker, for video interviews I tend to practice with a timer and eventually learn my answers by heart. If the questions are the same as the ones I rehearsed I may sound a bit unnatural or not spontaneous, do you know if this is something that is taken into account when assessing VIs?

    Many thanks
    Generally speaking, prepping answers by learning a script is a bad idea for this reason - your responses can seem wooden and impersonal. I always recommend against scripted answers in that way.
     

    lawnoodle

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    Generally speaking, prepping answers by learning a script is a bad idea for this reason - your responses can seem wooden and impersonal. I always recommend against scripted answers in that way.
    I completely agreed with what Jacob has said.

    Also, to add from my own mistakes. Overprepping and finding out you have a question which has slightly different wording, or is just a completely different question altogether, can throw you off completely if you're relying on a script.

    Most of the time, firms want to see a natural response to a question. ☺️
     

    Penelope

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    After 3 cycles and countless rejections, I have accepted a TC with my dream firm 🥳 Very grateful for TCLA.

    I posted the below just before my first interview with the firm and it's been difficult to go through the already intense process while grieving (& starting a new job!), but I somehow did it!

    I have an interview in a few hours and I have just found out someone close to me passed away an hour ago. As bad it may sound, I’m trying very hard to keep it together for my interview but struggling.

    Does anyone have any tips for making it through this interview? Thanks

    Would be very happy to help other people if I can, just send me a message.

    Hasn't quite sunk in yet!
     
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    Jessica Booker

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    Hi @Jessica Booker, for video interviews I tend to practice with a timer and eventually learn my answers by heart. If the questions are the same as the ones I rehearsed I may sound a bit unnatural or not spontaneous, do you know if this is something that is taken into account when assessing VIs?

    Many thanks
    Yes, it will be taken Into account if it seems over practised/rehearsed. The interiswera will want a sense this is a genuine answer, and there is a risk that it won't me across as such is rehearsed.
     
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    lawnoodle

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    After 3 cycles and countless rejections, I have accepted a TC with my dream firm 🥳 Very grateful for TCLA.

    I posted the below just before my first interview with the firm and it's been difficult to go through the already intense process while grieving (& starting a new job!), but I somehow did it!



    Would be very happy to help other people if I can, just send me a message.

    Hasn't quite sunk in yet!
    Huge congratulations, I recall you posting the initial quoted post. That is some absolutely incredible resilience and I'm so happy to hear you were successful!

    Hopefully things are getting easier now, if only slightly, and you can celebrate this huge achievement! 🎊🎉🎊🎉
     

    Penelope

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    Huge congratulations, I recall you posting the initial quoted post. That is some absolutely incredible resilience and I'm so happy to hear you were successful!

    Hopefully things are getting easier now, if only slightly, and you can celebrate this huge achievement! 🎊🎉🎊🎉
    Thanks so much! Congrats to you too
     

    RkRk0681

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    Hi everyone. For my upcoming AC I have to give a presentation on a fairly niche topic (in light of Brexit, should Scotland be able to have another referendum & what should the questions be). I know that I'll have to state my opinion, present both sides of the argument & back up mine, answer the questions and relate it back to the firm, but does anyone have any other suggestions on the structure? Any help is appreciated :)