Pinsent Masons Interview

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  1. Jaysen

    Jaysen Legendary Member
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    When was your Pinsent Masons interview?

    February 2018

    What was it for?


    Vacation scheme

    Please describe the interview process at Pinsent Masons.

    Psychometric Test and Interview with a fee earner

    What advice would you give to future applicants for the Pinsent Masons interview?

    Interview: Very rigid - interviewer read questions off a sheet, in a specific order, and didn't deviate. Usual competency questions and 'why us'. Also asked which other firms I had applied to.

    Psychometric Test: pattern recognition, so you have to choose the next shape in the sequence by working out the rules (i.e, black dot moved 180% degrees with every shape). Very, very hard - similar in format to those available online (for free), but much harder.
     
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    When was your Pinsent Masons interview?

    February 2017

    What was it for?


    Vacation scheme

    Please describe the interview process at Pinsent Masons.

    1. Interview. 60 minutes.

    2. Psychometric testing. 60 minutes.

    Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

    What advice would you give to future applicants for the Pinsent Masons interview?

    1. The interview is mostly competency-based. The interviewer (a partner or senior associate) will read from a list of questions and make notes while you answer. The firm has a competency framework that is available on their website; make sure you can demonstrate these competencies with examples from your work history/positions of responsibility.

    2. The psychometric test you'll be asked to undertake will revolve around inductive reasoning (i.e. pattern recognition). There are plenty of example tests on the internet. I would recommend the full-length practise test on SHL. Each data set will be linked to a block of five questions. In order to get marks on the block, you'll need to get all five questions right. There will be over 100 questions.
     
  3. Maral

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    Do Pinsent Masons have two psychometric tests for their vac schemes? I got an invitation to do a Graduate and Managerial Assessment - Abstract this morning but have seen other threads where people have said there is a psychometric to complete during the actual interview.
     
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    Would love to know the answer for this question.

    I've read on other websites that there would be an in-tray exercise and SWOT presentation in addition to the interview. Is that true?
     
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    I didn't pass the GMAA test, but I know someone who did and she said you have to do further psych test(s) on the day of the AC.
     
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    I have read the same and was wondering if that is true as well?
     
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    My partner completed an AC with PM for the Summer Vac Scheme 2020. It just consisted of an in-tray exercise and the interview! No SWOT or another psych exercise.
     
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    Thanks a lot for that Asmee, definitely helps! Any tips for approaching the in-tray since this will be my first time doing it?
    Also any idea if the interview was competency based questions or was it based on a case study?
     
  9. Asmee

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    For the in-tray exercise, it's using pen/paper so you have to prioritize the documents based on what you think is most important. It will involve things like email threads, documents to read over, and tasks you have to do as a "trainee". So I just suggest staying calm, keeping track of time, and prioritizing the tasks as best you can! You'll also have a reflection period with someone after where they'll ask you why you chose to complete certain tasks, and things so just keep this in mind. The interview is competency based so brush up on your CV! :)

    There should be an in-depth interview experience coming out on the Interview Cycle 2019-2020 page in the forum, so check that out.
     
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    Thanks a lot for that! I will keep a lookout for the in-depth interview experience:)
     
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