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The application and interview process: training contracts

A two-way dialogue

The interview process

Our interviews take the

following format:

· a written exercise

· an interview with two partners

· a chat and office tour with a

current trainee

· a short HR interview.

Written exercise

The interview process begins with a

one-hour written exercise, and you

have the option of writing or typing

your answer. This will be based

around a business case study. While

you cannot prepare specifically for

this, general commercial awareness

will prove useful. Further information

about the written exercise can be

found on our website.

Partner interview

Once you have completed the

written exercise, we will give you

a short current affairs article to

read for approximately 15 minutes.

This article will then form part of

your discussion with the partners,

along with questions relating to your

CV. The partners will want you to

summarise the main points of the

article, form an opinion on the subject

matter and have a sensible debate on

the issues raised. You should expect to

be challenged on your views and be

prepared to support them.

We structure the interview in such a

way to allow us to get to know you,

understand what motivates you, how

insightful and articulate you are, and

how well you can think on your feet.

It will be a dialogue between you

and the two partners, not a one-way

grilling. Our approach reflects the kind

of firm we are and the value we place

on personal judgement. This interview

will last 40-60 minutes.

The application process

Applications should be submitted

using the online form, which can be

accessed via our website. You will

be asked to provide some personal

details (including a full breakdown of

all your examination results) and to

attach your cover letter and CV. Your

cover letter should tell us about you,

why you are interested in a career

in law and why you are applying to

Slaughter and May. You should also

include any other information which

you think may be relevant to your

application. It should be no longer

than one side of A4 and addressed

to Janine Arnold, Senior Manager -

Trainee Recruitment.

We use the Rare Contextual

Recruitment System across all

our trainee recruitment activity.

The system helps us identify

high-potential candidates by putting

applicants' grades and achievements

in the context of their social and

educational background.

We've already talked about the value we place on individuality and diversity.

Our application process echoes this approach - we want to get to know you and

the qualities you can bring to the role.



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