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" I liked that it was

a two-way street"

On the application process:

James, trainee, Law graduate

from Cambridge University

How was the application

process for you?

I liked the simplicity of it - a cover

letter and a CV with no hidden tricks.

The beauty of the cover letter is that

it gives you the chance to write what

you want to write rather than answer

someone else's set question. I didn't

see the point in repeating what I had

in my CV; I covered things that

weren't there.

How was your interview?

Nerves are normal, I think, but it was

actually quite a pleasant experience.

I was interviewed by a couple of

people who wanted to get to know me,

understand what drives me and what

I'm interested in. I definitely got the

impression that they wanted me to do

well, and I liked that it was a two-way

street. It also felt like I was encouraged

to interview them in a way, to see if the

firm was right for me. It's in everyone's

interests to get that right.

The second part of the interview,

where we discussed a newspaper

article I'd been given, is obviously

designed to assess how you respond

under a bit of pressure, as they prod,

poke and try to pick holes in what

you are saying. At one stage I had

to concede I hadn't made the

greatest point.

Were you concerned at

that moment?

Not really. You're talking to two very

bright people who want to test how

you'll react outside your comfort zone.

I think that although they are looking

for you to form an opinion, you

should also be able to respect that

there are other points of view on

what isn't a clear-cut issue. My advice

for applicants is to remember that

the interview isn't meant to be

easy, but as long as you don't

panic, you will be fine.



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