Our Mock Interviews
Refine your technique and maximise your next opportunity to impress at interview with help from a TCLA instructor. Book a 1-hour virtual Mock Interview for £50 (or as little as £30 as a TCLA Premium member) and gain the confidence and techniques that are essential to success at the highest level.
A Mock Interview with TCLA gives you the chance to be tested under timed conditions by interviewers who have excelled in the training contract process across multiple law firms. We have been running this service for three years, and we prepare for these interviews as if we were participating in the interview ourselves. This is your chance to get the most tailored preparation in the legal market.
Our Interview Philosophy
We strongly believe that the best way to prepare for a law firm interview is to simulate the real thing as closely as possible. Knowledge is only one aspect of what’s needed to excel at interview. The ability to respond to challenging questions and present yourself well under pressure is often what distinguishes one candidate from another.
We believe anyone can be trained to perform exceptionally well at interview. With enough deliberate practise and the right training, we can support candidates to overcome any barriers they may have faced in their journey so far.
Even if you don’t have the luxury of the right connections or much experience of ‘law firm etiquette’, our Mock Interviews can hone your technique and give you the skills and confidence to achieve your potential. Even if you have not secured an interview, TCLA Mock Interviews can be an extremely useful component during this stage of your career journey. Around 1 in 3 TCLA members who book Mock Interviews have no upcoming interview but simply want to acquire these valuable skills, challenge themselves and reap the wide ranging benefits of this service.
If you are not securing enough interviews and you would like to improve your conversion rate from application to interview, give our Application Review service a try.
How Mock Interviews work
Our virtual Mock Interviews take place over Zoom and are run by TCLA instructors with a track record of success from interviews at the world’s most demanding commercial law firms.
They will tailor your Mock Interview to the firm you are applying to and the specific interview you can expect to have. For many firms, we have information about the kinds of interview questions that candidates have been asked in recent cycles.
Our Mock Interviews are designed to be challenging. We may pick up on the points you mention, highlight any discrepancies in your application and press you on commercial issues. Our approach will help you to answer challenging questions so you’re well-prepared during the real thing. However if you’re new to the process, be assured that we will listen, encourage and support you, and tailor the difficulty to your experience and current capabilities.
You will receive direct feedback on your performance throughout the interview. At the end, we will also provide you with a summary and clear next steps for you to work on. If appropriate, we will help you to reformulate your answers to make them even stronger.
Standard Mock Interviews
We will tailor your 1-hour interview to the specific firm you are applying to. We’ll begin with a discussion about your background, strengths and weaknesses, and your prior interview experiences, and then practise a combination of firm-specific, competency, scenario-based and commercial questions. This format of interview
This format of interview will test:
- Your motivations for becoming a commercial lawyer and your reasons for applying to a particular firm
- Your ability to sell yourself and convey your suitability for a firm through a variety of competency, situational judgement and scenario questions
- Your composure, confidence and communication skills
Case Study Inteviews
We will simulate a case study interview by giving you one of our mock case studies to read 30 minutes before your interview. These case studies are based on real law firm assessments at the leading commercial law firms, and will test your ability to think on your feet, stay composed and answer challenging commercial questions under timed conditions. Ultimately, the goal is to fast-track your commercial awareness and teach you how to hold your ground in the challenging partner interviews.
Go Premium for up to 40% off
Although anyone can book a Mock Interview, a TCLA Premium subscription entitles you to discounted rates. Gold members are entitled to 40% off using the coupon code “GOLD”, while bronze members are entitled to 10% off using the coupon code “BRONZE”. Please note that if your membership level is not eligible for the code you use, your booking will be cancelled.
Book a Mock Interview
If you would like to book a Mock Interview, please follow the booking instructions to the right of this page. Once you select the type of interview you would like, you will be able to see the availability of the mock interviewers.
We will also ask you for information about your needs and give you the chance to upload any relevant documentation.
After you have completed your booking, we will send you a confirmation email containing a Zoom link.
If you have any questions about the mock interview service, please contact [email protected]. If you have questions about your booked mock interview, please contact Chloe at [email protected], or Mahesh at [email protected].