Reapplying after rejection after Interview?

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  1. lawgirl101

    lawgirl101 New Member

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    Hi all!

    I had a decent interview last year then I had to do an aptitude test which I failed miserably and was rejected from the firm.

    I am reapplying this year and I am just wondering how much I need to change my application? I have new work experience as a paralegal and some new extra-curricular activities that I will be adding of course. However I don't have anything to add/change for the two questions in the application:
    Why are you applying for a training contract here?
    What distinguishes you from the other applicants applying for this position?

    Is it a big no if I don't change my answers to these two questions?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Alice G

    Alice G Legendary Member
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    Good question, @Jessica Booker is probably best placed but I had an AC with a firm last year and when I reapplied this year I just changed one of the three questions and added updated work exp. I passed the WG for them and was told I was rejected because of my app. I can honestly only assume it was because it was too similar based on the fact it had been strong enough a year previous. I can’t be 100% certain of course but I looked back and there were no typos in the redrafted question to warrant a rejection on such grounds as that.

    I would maybe advise to err on the side of caution with it but this was just one isolated experience and so I’m not necessarily the best person, sure Jessica will offer some better insight :)
     
  3. Jessica Booker

    Jessica Booker Legendary Member
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    I would expect the latter question to change. You have done a lot more since your last application.

    If you have been unsuccessful before, the first question if you see a nearly identical form is “why would the result be any different this time around if pretty much everything is the same”.
     
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  4. Changes

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    On this subject. I got a place on a spring workshop (since cancelled) and the app for the TC is exactly the same. Would they be expecting me to make significant changes given the app is the same and it’s only two months later?

    When offering a VI they described my application as “particularly strong” but assume these aren’t personalised and rather sent to everyone who gets through screening?
     
  5. Jessica Booker

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    yes - you are applying for two different vacancies, so some things will need to change. You’ll also need to make clear you secure the spring programme.
     
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    Thanks!
     

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