Slaughter and May TC Interview

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  1. Harvey

    Harvey Active Member

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    **Will buy a drink for anyone providing information which leads to a successful TC offer!! ;)

    Hi Guys,

    I have been granted a gift from the heavens and invited to a final stage interview with Slaughter and May.

    I was wondering if anyone has experienced the interview before, or know of people who have done.

    1) The partner interview
    • what kind of questions will I be asked about my CV/cover letter
    • are they likely to throw curve ball questions
    • how should I prepare for the newspaper article exercise? how would you approach the analysis?
    2) Written exercise
    • What is the best way of analyzing the data and putting it together
    • What headings do you guys use in written excercises? i.e. "cut costs", or "create value", or "potential risks"

    Any other general advice would be welcomed too!

    I have been to interviews before and failed, I really want to execute this PERFECTLY
     
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  4. Harshal

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    @Abstruser I am in the EXACT same position as Harvey above and I would really really appreciate it if you could help me too? If you or Harvey don't mind x THANK YOU!
     
  5. Abstruser

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    @Harshal you may find these threads helpful:
    For future reference (for any of your future interviews), several candidates have shared their interview experiences in the 'Resources and Materials' tab, under the sub-headings 'Interview Experiences' and 'Interview Experiences 2018/19'. The direct links are:
    You can also find older threads and discussions on the Slaughter and May interview if you type 'Slaughter and May interview' in the search bar.

    Please feel free to PM if you still have any questions after reading through those resources.

    All the best for your interview.
     
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  6. camjames

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    Hi Harvey, hopefully I'm not too late and will be able to offer some help from my experience.

    What kind of questions will I be asked about my CV/cover letter?

    My CV questions were incredibly brief. They asked about certain modules I did well in, and others I didn't do well in. If you read the interview experiences on here, and some of the questions written on Glassdoor, you can get a pretty detailed picture of what to expect. I didn't really get any curveballs in regards to my CV, and they didn't even look at my cover letter.

    Are they likely to throw curve ball questions?

    Only about a third of my interview was spent on my CV. For the rest, my interviewers asked me about a topic I was studying that I found interesting, and I spoke about executive remuneration in publicly listed companies. It just so happens the partner interviewing me was a bit of a specialist in that area, so I was grilled on my commercial awareness on this area. To this extent, I guess you could call this a curveball? The questions weren't super intense, but they were pushing me, and they were trying to get me to think outside of my comfort zone. My advice would just be prepared to talk about something that interests you academically, and have some commercial awareness behind you for that topic too.

    Another topic was about Slaughters in general. What sets them out from others etc? That is an answer I think has to be an honest one. So have a really good think about exactly why you want to work for them etc.

    How should I prepare for the newspaper article exercise? how would you approach the analysis?

    The article will actually come with some instructions about what to do and the things to think about. I just followed those instructions, made some notes with the paper provided, and the exercise wasn't that bad. It was by far the part I was most nervous for, but it ended up going the smoothest.

    What is the best way of analyzing the data and putting it together? What headings do you guys use in written excercises? i.e. "cut costs", or "create value", or "potential risks"

    From the research I did, some people said they had plenty of time for the task, others felt they were really pushed. I would say if you are fairly clued up on plcs, shareholders, dividends etc etc, it will be fairly straightforward. Getting caught up trying to decipher the lingo could really eat into your time. As you read through it, it will be really obvious the issues they want you to discuss. The way I did it, I wrote down each issue, then went through and picked out everything relevant from the passage and put it under each heading. I then just typed up the client brief, adding in some commercial awareness, writing about the strengths/weaknesses of each idea.

    The written task was probably the weakest task I did in terms of performance. I spent too much time on issues I felt strong with, and was quite brief with others I didn't feel so confident with. I would also highly highly recommend finishing after 5ish minutes before the end and proof-reading. I, incredibly stupidly, didn't look at the clock when I started, so I could only guess when the end was going to be. I was then asked in the HR interview whether I had proof read the written task, and felt like a bit of an idiot when I said I "briefly" did so.

    Ultimately I think my written task was my undoing. I was so nervous about the partner interview that I don't think I gave it the attention it probably needed to impress.

    My last bit of advice (given to me by the trainee giving me the office tour) is that the interview is so much about building a rapport with the partners. Listen to what areas they work in (they will tell you right at the beginning), and try and show curiosity. Looking back, I was incredibly nervous, but it ended up being a really good experience.

    Any more questions I'll be happy to help. Hopefully I wasn't too late!
     
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  8. Tcapplicant

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    Hello,

    I’m looking for a little piece of advice. I applied for the TC at slaughters on the 3rd June just as it opened, it’s almost been 7 weeks now and it says my application is under consideration. Normally slaughters aims to get back in 2 weeks. Is it worth contacting grad recruitment and asking for an update. I don’t want to come across as pushy but obviously would like to know.

    Any advice would be welcomed!!

    Thank you in advance.
     
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    They're already sending out interviews. Perhaps you're unsuccessful and they have not updated your application status or are holding onto it until after having completed some interviews to see if they need to look at more people (hopefully the latter rather than the former). It is unlikely they have forgotten your application. There isn't a need to contact them, but if it is for your own sanity / comfort, then give them a quick call.
     
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    Thank you I really appreciate you getting back to me, I was just a little worried as I know the deadline closes this week and they say usually you hear back in 2 weeks. Hopefully I hear back from them soon and its good news!
     

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