How are your personal values aligned to those of X firm, and how will this support you?

yanerlim

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Sep 4, 2018
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Hi everyone, this was a unique question I came across when I was completing a Burges Salmon application 2 years ago. I was wondering if anyone has a tip on how to answer questions like these? what structure is best to cover everything I need for this question? Please leave your thoughts below, thank you!
 

jess889

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Feb 26, 2018
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Hi everyone, this was a unique question I came across when I was completing a Burges Salmon application 2 years ago. I was wondering if anyone has a tip on how to answer questions like these? what structure is best to cover everything I need for this question? Please leave your thoughts below, thank you!

Does the firm list what its values are?
 

Demna87

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Aug 23, 2018
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Hey, I previously managed to successfully complete this application which had a similar sort of question. Burges Salmon lay out the qualities they like in trainees quite well on their website, I think this is key because they are very open about emphasising different qualities than City firms perhaps would. I think this is what they mostly want you to recognise from this question. I formatted it by having a paragraph on each of these values, why I personally felt that these qualities were important for a person to have, then linking it back to my own experiences where I have demonstrated them.

I recognise that this doesn't address the 'how will this support you' aspect, I imagine that may just link to why you find them important? Or maybe it is how these qualities will aid you through your career?

Also, when I was speaking to graduate recruitment there they told me that their longer questions were only to filter out applicants who couldn't write well. I think most of the people in graduate recruitment there have since changed, and I wasn't completely sure on the likelihood of this anyway, but I thought it was interesting.
 
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yanerlim

Valued Member
Sep 4, 2018
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Hey, I previously managed to successfully complete this application which had a similar sort of question. Burges Salmon lay out the qualities they like in trainees quite well on their website, I think this is key because they are very open about emphasising different qualities than City firms perhaps would. I think this is what they mostly want you to recognise from this question. I formatted it by having a paragraph on each of these values, why I personally felt that these qualities were important for a person to have, then linking it back to my own experiences where I have demonstrated them.

I recognise that this doesn't address the 'how will this support you' aspect, I imagine that may just link to why you find them important? Or maybe it is how these qualities will aid you through your career?

Also, when I was speaking to graduate recruitment there they told me that their longer questions were only to filter out applicants who couldn't write well. I think most of the people in graduate recruitment there have since changed, and I wasn't completely sure on the likelihood of this anyway, but I thought it was interesting.

Thank you! This as a question I pulled from BDO. But remembered that Burges Salmon had a similar question :)
 

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