Following our previous articles on TRAINING CONTRACT INTERVIEW TIPS #1 to #8, to help all those people who will be taking part in interviews or language assessment, we will be continuing to identify some useful interview tips to help you succeed. In no particular order, here are our training contract interview tips #9 to #16:


9. Answer two part questions

Every part of the question is important. Just as you wouldn’t leave an exam question unanswered, be sure to answer all parts of a question in an interview.

You may find that training contract scenario questions will be two-part questions. For example – How have you managed opposing views in a team? What would you do differently next time?

Think about what the interviewer will want.

Interviewers are looking for good trainees and for people who can be good associates once they qualify. Put yourself in their shoes and think about what they are looking for. Some of the things they are looking for can be quite straightforward, such as a sense of responsibility.

10. Answer questions honestly

Besides the fact that interviewers are smart and can see through candidates who are being less than honest, interviewers genuinely want to get to know you, your motivations and your skills. They also want to see if you will be a good fit for the firm. Be yourself, and be truthful.

11. Get familiar with terminology

Do you know the acronyms for firm departments, key financial terms and the differences between expressions which seem to mean the same thing? Look up legal dictionaries and jargon busters and get clued up if not. Consider get a Business and Legal Mandarin Training course

12. Practice

Practice makes perfect! If you have access to a career service at your university or Law School, you should take advantage of their mock interview services. Practising when the pressure is off is a good way to improve your interview technique.

13. Record yourself

It’s sometimes helpful to record yourself and watch it to see if your body language and tone of voice are coming off in the way you want them to. Do also watch out to see if you, for example, say ‘umm’ too many times.

14. Use interview coaching and business langugae training service

Most interview coaching and languge training service provider will be aware of trends and patterns which can help guide you as well as knowing more specifically what firms are looking for. Many of them will run events, workshops and share resources with the careers service so this is a great avenue to utilise. Try a Business and Legal Mandarin Training course

15. Really try to answer the questions

Often interviewers get superficial responses as a result of interviewees trying to squash in their pre-rehearsed answers which don’t actually fit the question asked. The interview is an opportunity to test your ability to process and respond to live information in a relevant and directed way. It’s much better to respond to the question asked – even if you’re unsure of it – than to give a great answer to a question that was never asked

16. If you are asked what your weaknesses are – answer them

We all have weaknesses and there’s no expectation on trainees to be perfect. Being self-aware enough to be able to identify your weaknesses is an impressive and important skill.

More tips to be continued. Stay tuned!

Reference: Law Society of Ireland


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