Travers Smith Interview 2019 - 2020

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  1. Jaysen

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

    February 2020

    Please specify what the interview was for.

    Summer Vacation Scheme 2020

    Please give an overview of the day with approximate timings.

    12pm arrival. 12:15 taken into the interview. 1:30 interview finished.

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

    There really wasn’t much of a structure per se. It was nearly an hour and a half and the discussion went in various directions. (Will expand on in the interview q’s section)

    Please list any interview questions you were asked.

    Initially the discussion was why law, why X university, why did I not do English at university and do the GDL etc. Also asked about my opinion about the GDL as a law student. I was honest in my answer but controlled. He made it clear that he appreciated the honesty.

    We then spoke a lot about social mobility and I was asked moral questions. Should firms intake X amount of people from a particular ethnicity? Asked about my perception of the firms D&I initiatives etc. We then went into a fictional scenario of company X wanting to merge with company Y and what practice areas I would recommend. Then we discussed potential issues of the merger. My CV was then “scrutinised” - what did I learnt or do in my work experience with Firm A. Where else have I applied? You did work experience with Firm B but didn’t apply for a vacation scheme?

    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.

    This was quite a relaxed interview. It was a relatively commercial interview but extremely “moral”. I was asked about various things that would be considered controversial so I would say make sure you familiarise yourself with some of these questions. Also, do not sit on the fence. They like you to have an opinion and be prepared to fight your corner. The partner will always play devils advocate no mater what side you pick. Sitting on the fence makes you look indecisive and doesn’t really leave a lot of leeway for an engaging debate.

    Were you successful?

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  2. Jaysen

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

    March 2020

    Please specify what the interview was for.

    Summer Vacation Scheme 2020

    Please give an overview of the day with approximate timings.

    Arrival 14:00, 14:30 interview with 1 Partner from Employee Incentives Group

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

    1 Full Interview - no prep; see questions below.

    Please list any interview questions you were asked.

    Tell me about your school/education experiences
    Why London
    Why Travers
    Tell me about a recent news story -> what’s a direct listing
    Describe the best of me in 3 words, my worst in 2
    What would you do if you were asked to close down a family factory
    What law would you enact if you were Prime minister
    What 3 practice areas within Travers would you advise for IKEA
    Why not freshfields?

    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.

    Definitely be ready to talk about your experiences. Don’t be afraid to argue a point and stick to it (as long as its not unethical). They’re looking for someone they can work with, so personality, integrity, curiosity is key!

    Were you successful?

    Yes
     

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