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Slaughter and May Interview 2021

BK

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

Please specify what the interview was for.

Summer Work Experience Scheme

Please give an overview of the day with approximate timings.

10.40am - case study given
11am - interview

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

There was only 1 interview. 20 minutes before the interview, candidates are given a case study and 3 basic questions on the case. The interview lasted for about 35 minutes after.

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.

Guide the case study questions on the themes you feel the most comfortable in - if you talk more on a point you have prepared the interviewers will expand on that more. Be ready to be flexible, the case study interview felt like a debate, the interviewers questioned all my opinions and I had to be ready to defend them or concede (with explanation) rather than sticking to my original plan.

My interview didn't actually ask much about the firm, but more about my motivations for law, commercial law and the career of a solicitor. Be prepared for these questions!

Were you successful?

Yes
 

BK

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Future Trainee
Gold Member
Premium Member
M&A Bootcamp
Aug 26, 2020
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77
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.
9.30 to 9.45am - sent a commercial article to read for 15 minutes.
10 to 11am - general competency and commercial interview.

Please provide a summary of each assessment on the day with approximate timings.
One interview (1 hour)- Emailed article 20 minutes before. The interview starts and it last for around 40-50min. They spend 15 min on the article and the rest is focused on you.

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.

Article discussion:
Slaughters does not necessarily give you a commercial article. They usually prefer to take something from The Times. They focus on how you articulate yourself, your opinion, and how good you are at standing your ground. For example, my article was an opinion piece on why teachers should be vaccinated before others (during the Feb 2021 half-term). I formed an opinion against it, they challenged me several times: “don’t they deserve it more than?”, but I held my ground. It was challenging and stressful but they want to see how you rationalise your decisions, persuade and make your point. It is really important you have an opinion.

General interview:
This is harder to prepare for, as people know that Slaughters does not have any set questions and ask anything! However, from my experience and speaking to others I can deduce that they barely ask any competency questions. They focus on your CV experience. They are interested in what you study, your interests and what makes you tick. Expect the grades question, remember it is not an insult or a question of your abilities. They want you to rationalise/explain why you did not do well in X subject (prepare an answer for this).

Were you successful?
Yes