Dentons Training Contract Interview 2019 - Anonymous HR Interview: 45min-1hour This was done on a separate day and was the round before the assessment centre. Essentially it took the place of a video/telephone interview but in much more depth. Questions mainly revolved around standard competencies. Dentons’s main competencies are listed in a Chambers Student interview with HR here. These were 1) organisation and planning 2) attention to detail 3) resilience 4) analytical ability. All of these came up pretty directly. There were some non-competency questions on things like ‘Why Dentons?’, ‘Why law?’ and ‘Who are Dentons’s main competitors?’. All-in-all nothing too scary and the interviewer was very friendly. I heard back within 30 mins or so with confirmation of an assessment centre place. I don’t know if this is standard practice or not. Assessment Centre: Activity 1 – Written Exercise 1 hour to read a bundle of information and draft an email to the Chairman of a fictional company about your findings. My example was advising a taxi company on which [redacted] city to invest into and what type of taxi ‘service’ to provide. This meant there were two decisions to make which made it slightly trickier. I tried to focus on interpreting the information rather than just regurgitating it when drafting my email and made sure I settled on a final answer (they emphasised there wasn’t a correct outcome). One thing to note was that spell-check was turned off on the laptops, so take care and leave time for a quick proof/sense check. Assessment Centre: Activity 2 – Role Play This followed directly from the written exercise. It involved presenting your findings to two associates who then asked questions on your findings. They did push quite hard on any details you failed to mention and would argue the opposite of what you suggested. Make sure you have read the bundle properly and can talk about all the info. even if you deem it to be a weaker argument. My advice would be to stick to your decision but take their opinion on board. It lasted about 15-20 minutes. Assessment Centre: Activity 3 – Case Study and Partner Interview. 5 minutes to read a very short extract about a small company which is looking to grow then straight into a room with two partners who asked how you would approach various legal/commercial scenarios the company is facing. (eg. finance, corporate governance, employee issues, dealing with competition). In terms of preparation, think about what areas Dentons is known for (eg. finance) and maybe read a little about how companies can raise finance (debt/equity/non-traditional methods) and what the pros and cons of these methods are. Only a basic knowledge of the topics above is needed – the partners were happy to give prompts if you needed them. My advice would be to take your time when asked a question, don’t be afraid to make a note, have a think but then give your answer with confidence. They won’t be expecting great legal knowledge, it is about how you think. The case study lasted about 35-40 minutes. It was then followed by a 25-30 minute interview which was very similar to the HR interview (see above). The only bit which differed was they asked more about Dentons eg its structure (Swiss Verein – worth knowing the pros and cons). Much like HR, both were nice and easy to talk to. I heard the result of the assessment centre 1 week later (although they said it is usually done more quickly).