Hogan Lovells

Interview Process

7.6 / 10
30 reviews
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2013 Reviews
  • Interview was quite relaxed. Discussed my application, motivation for applying, and one "commercial awareness" question on why the property market crashed. My interviewer was particularly interested in my work experience at similar law firms.

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  • The process involved an online critical thinking test, followed by an assessment day, involving a group exercise, interview and the paper-based Watson-Glaser test. Interview questions were sensible and seemed designed to discover more about you as a person and how pleasant you would be to work with, rather than just your academic record.

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  • Generally the interview process was quite relaxed, although this must vary with the personality of the interviewing partner(s). The group exercise is collaborative and they're not looking for people who talk over everyone else - they're looking for people who it would be pleasant to work with and not aggressive sharks.

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  • The interview process was welcoming and not too daunting. The types of questions asked concerned reasons for wanting to work in City law and questions designed to subtly test commercial awareness.

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  • I had a really straightforward interview with no irritating HR-type questions or silly scenarios. I was asked a couple of commercial awareness questions and then a few things related to my application form.

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2012 Reviews
  • The assessment process was one of the best that I experienced - none of those silly "team" games that encourage you to debate the merits of an issue. A critical thinking test, a group discussion based on a business scenario and a partner interview.

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  • Commercial awareness - specific current stories and knowledge of how companies needs were reflected in the work of lawyers how the legal market had changed other activities I enjoyed, positions within those what advice I would give if the firm was to open up a new office overseas, what were the important points that needed to be considered. (E.g. brand, type of work, contacts) why law as a career, why solicitor why this firm.

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  • The standard combination of commercial questions (the latest deals, etc.), legal questions (which took into consideration I was a non-lawyer) and questions about my own skills.

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  • The interview was really an informal chat about things on my CV, with a couple of commercial questions (but nothing too daunting or complex). I was also required to take a Watson Glaser test and take part in a group discussion. I really enjoyed my assessment day - particularly the opportunity to meet current trainees at lunch and during the tour of the offices - and that played a big part in my decision to accept my offer here.

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  • I did an assessment day including a group activity, meets and greets, a critical thinking test, and an interview with a partner. I was asked questions about my business degree, current events and inflation.

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  • There was a rigorous selection process with one interview including 2 interviewers, a group exercise and a written test. I was asked about my interest in the law, my educational background, my work experience, my interest in the firm and the answers to various legal problems.

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  • The process involved an aptitude test, a group discussion on a commercial problem and an interview with a partner. There was also an informal Q&A session with trainees over lunch and a tour of the offices. Expect to be asked about elements of your CV, especially if there is anything unusual on it (for example, coming to law later than usual, time spent abroad, language skills, etc.). Commercial awareness is tested: I was asked about some of the more practical aspects of the combination of Lovells (where I interviewed) with Hogan and Hartson.

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  • I was asked what attracted me to the firm and what I would do if presented with specific scenarios.

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  • Questions included: "If I was an alien and had just landed on earth, what would say is going on in finance at the moment?" and "What drives you?".

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  • One interview for my chosen seat. Questions: Why do you want to be a corporate lawyer? What was your favourite deal in the corporate group and why? Who did we act for? What do they do? Was there tension between the management team and the PE house during the MBO? In an ECM deal, why did we list Zambian depositary receipts as opposed to shares?

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  • Interview with a partner and senior member of HR followed by group assessment. I was asked finance-related questions.

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  • I was asked why I had chosen the firm, what my views were on current events happening at that time, questions about my educational background and why I had chosen to pursue a career in commercial law.

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  • When I applied there were online tests and an application form, followed by an assessment centre consisting of a partner interview, group exercise and repeat of the online tests. Questions were mainly about me and my desire to work for Hogan Lovells, though there were some legal questions too.

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  • Aside from the common "why this firm/a corporate solicitor/London", I was asked general commercial questions - some legal such as "what do you think about competition law? And does it work?" And some more general business.

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  • Verbal reasoning test, group exercise and interview, all in one day. Not too much fuss - interview with partner. Told had job on same day (very welcome as some firms leave long gaps before notifying either way).

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  • Some technical legal questions in a general sense, such as 'which departments might be involved in an M&A deal', and we discussed cross-selling/BD/the firm's strategy. Some questions about client confidentiality. I was asked why my (non-law) degree subject prepared me for a job here. On-line form with the usual CV plus 3 or 4 250 word type questions, then a one day assessment centre with intro power point, written cognitive skills test, group exercise, one to one interview and tour of the office. Heard back the next morning by phone.

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  • Following the standard application form, there was a Watson Glaser critical thinking test, a monitored group discussion followed by an interview with a partner. Both the partners that monitored the group discussion and the interviewing partner were very friendly. Questions included what is the difference between tort and contract and name a recent news item and then suggest what areas the firm may be interested in.

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