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Impress at training contract interviews: why do you want to work at an international firm?

Kirsten Maslen

17 Feb 2017

Image credit: REUTERS/Issei Kato

Every aspiring lawyer has to navigate a number of interviews, which present an opportunity to impress hiring partners and show them why you’d be a great fit for the firm. In this series, we look at some of the most common interview questions that applicants will face, and our expert team from Herbert Smith Freehills demonstrate what makes a good or bad answer—and why.

First up: you’re intending to apply for a training contract with a large international firm. Can you articulate why you would like to work there, and tie it to your skills and experience? Let’s take a look at an answer that didn’t impress our expert, Samantha Brown, a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Now you know what to avoid—but what would a good answer sound like?

Impressive! Next week, we find out how to answer a very familiar question: what skills do you have that make you well-suited to this career? Come back next week to hear more, and don’t forget to share your interview tips, pitfalls and experiences at @TRLegalEurope.

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