Interview lessons #1

I recently had my first interview for a training contract!

It was at a Central London law firm in St Pauls. The firm specialised in varied legal matters and also dealt with charity law (which is why I applied in the first place).

The interview was very exciting and nerve-racking. But in the end, I did not get the job.

Surprisingly, I was not as upset about it as I thought it would be. The interview was a great experience and as my first ever training contract interview, I learnt a lot.

I thought it would be good to share what I learnt on this site for others, and also for future reference for myself!

Interview Lessons learnt:

I learnt the importance of staying professional. Even when those who are interviewing you are relaxed, slouching and talking in a friendly relaxed manner. It is always important to keep your back straight and not to lose focus.

I learnt that you should always check which seats they have before the interview. The firm I had the interview at did not have any information about the traineeship on their website, this should have been an obvious indication that I should use my initiative and contact them via phone! But I didn’t… I made assumptions and this definitely bit me in the back when I talked about charity law to find out they had no charity seat!

I learnt to stay true to yourself. I was so nervous about not being perfect enough I ended up revising and memorising the things I should say. There is nothing wrong with revising what you plan on saying for an interview, but if you are memorising it will always come across unnatural in the interview.

I learnt the power of bluff. The firm want to employ you, so even if you are not 100% confident in yourself, you need to make out that you are and show them why you are the best, even if that means bluffing! Yes I am sassy and awesome and everything you want in a trainee!!

Hope you found my tips useful, I know they are pretty generic but it was my first ever traineeship interview.

Law interviews are a whole different ball game and I think if you can nail the basics, you will power through every other interview stage!


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On Purpose networking event

On Monday I had the privilege of attending my first Charity Networking event.

Career networking events are a great way to learn more about the profession you want to go into and a fantastic opportunity to meet with new people who are either:

– Already working for the Company or workplace you are interested in or;

– In your position

On Purpose is an organisation that runs one year placements for adults who have decided that they want a career that aims to make a positive difference to society.

Although I knew I was too inexperienced to apply to the programme (they tend to take on adults who have 5-6 years work experience). I found the networking event very insightful, I learnt a lot about social enterprise and got to meet some very interesting people who were all passionate about changing society. I met two lawyers who had left the legal profession to take on new challenges, one had just got a job as at Cancer Research and another was planning on applying for the On Purpose placement.

My favourite things about the whole experience was the fact we got to meet the CEO of On Purpose, Tom Rippin. It was great to ask him questions about the scheme and other general comments about working in social enterprise.

I also liked the fact that the event took place in fair-trade bar and café called Fairly square, the first fair-trade bar in London and also a start-up business because it showed that On Purpose are actively supporting and promoting meaningful businesses.


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