Forsters Interview 2021


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

Please specify what the interview was for.
Summer Vacation Scheme 2021

Please give an overview of the day with approximate timings.
The assessment centre for the 2021 vacation scheme was run virtually. It lasted for five hours between 11.30-16.30 and was composed of three parts.

Please provide a summary of each assessment on the day with approximate timings.
The first part of the assessment involved a 25 minute interview with two partners. This was predominantly a competency-based interview, although they did also ask me my motivations for pursuing a career in law as well as a few commercial questions.

There was then a 40 minute break for lunch, during which time there was a presentation from members of the graduate recruitment team.

The second part of the assessment involved a case study group exercise. For this, we were given 1 hour to prepare and deliver a 10 minute presentation on the topic at hand. There were 5 minutes at the end for questions from members of the graduate recruitment team. Every member of the group was required to speak.

The third part of the assessment involved a written exercise. We were given 1 hour to read the task brief and answer a number of questions. This part of the assessment tested candidates' knowledge of the firm's various practice areas.

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.

Interview: in order to prepare for the interview, I would research the firm as much as possible, paying particular attention to the kind of work done in each of the different departments. Also have a think about the firm in its wider context - diversity, inclusion, sustainability etc. Come equipped to ask questions at the end, as there is time set aside for this.

Case study: make sure you are mindful of others in your group and welcome others' opinions. Make sure you contribute to the verbal presentation as they were very keen to hear everyone speak.

Written exercise: research the firm both in terms of practice areas but also in regards to things such as diversity, inclusion and sustainability. The written exercise requires you to draw on your understanding of the firm in its entirety.

Were you successful?