Dechert Interview 2021


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Please state the month/year you interviewed at the firm.
April 2021

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Summer Vacation Scheme 2021

Please give an overview of the day with approximate timings.

8:45am Arrival
9am - 9:45am Talk From Graduate Recruitment - written exercise briefing
10am-10:45 Interview with Two Partners
11am - 11:45 Virtual Coffee with Trainee
12pm - 12:45 Interview 2 with Graduate Recruitment Manager and Graduate Recruitment & Diversity Senior Specialist.

Please provide a summary of each assessment on the day with approximate timings.

  • Written Exercise - 45 minutes to read through contract and respond to client in an email.
  • 45 minute interview split into 2 sections, first one is case study interview: a M&A between 2 groups and you are asked questions surrounding the steps needed to take and how to address issues that might arise. Second half is strategy and motivational based.
  • Meeting with a trainee - 45 minutes to ask questions about Dechert, etc.
  • Graduate recruitment interview - 45 mins first half rapid fire commercial awareness questions, second half competency based questions.
What is your best advice for each aspect of the assessment on the day? Please break this down for each assessment. This can include advice for preparation, as well as tips for the day.
Always give examples. Read up on any and all commercial news you can get your hands on. I would suggest buying the Mindful Resources Assessment Center guide and memorizing all the key terms.

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