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Simmons & Simmons Vacation Scheme Interview 2021


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  • Feb 17, 2018
    Simmons & Simmons Vacation Scheme Interview 2021

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

    February 2021

    Please specify what the interview was for.

    Summer Vacation Scheme 2021

    Please give an overview of the day with approximate timings.

    11am - Introductions + instructions for inbox exercise
    11:10am - Inbox exercise
    12:10pm - Lunch
    1:10pm - Instructions for joint case study and competency interview
    1:20pm - Preparation time
    2pm - Case study and competency interview
    3pm - Wrap up

    Please provide a summary of each assessment on the day with approximate timings.

    Inbox exercise - Given 1h to:
    a) rank and prioritise different emails, explaining why and what actions you would take
    b) read some law and draft a letter of advice

    Case study and competency interview - 40 mins to read through documents and prepare a 5 min presentation on the key issues delivered in the interview. 15 mins of questioning on the presentation then follows, and the remaining 40 mins is spent on competency questions

    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.

    For the inbox exercise, time management is important because it is two tasks, but attention to detail is key. Give yourself enough time to proofread your answers, even just a minute.

    For the case study, make good notes and again pay attention to detail. When preparing the presentation, keep it structured and emphasise the key points. In you answer, think about the problem's wider commercial implications. A PESTLE analysis will be useful.

    For the competency interview, be prepared for follow up questions. E.g. if you like Simmons & Simmons for its tech-savviness, have specific examples to hand as they may ask for them! They could ask for more details on your competency answers like how doing X made you feel or what you specifically said/did in situation Y. Have some questions to ask at the end.

    Good luck!

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