What kind of questions were you asked in your interview?
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.Second year trainee, LondonHelpful?
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.Second year trainee, ParisHelpful?
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.First year trainee, LondonHelpful?
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.First year trainee, LondonHelpful?
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.Second year trainee, LondonHelpful?
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.Second year traineeHelpful?
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.First year traineeHelpful?
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.Second year traineeHelpful?
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.First year traineeHelpful?
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.Second year traineeHelpful?
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.Second year traineeHelpful?
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.First year traineeHelpful?
I was asked what attracted me to the firm and what I would do if presented with specific scenarios.First year traineeHelpful?
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?".First year traineeHelpful?
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?Second year traineeHelpful?
Interview with a partner and senior member of HR followed by group assessment. I was asked finance-related questions.First year traineeHelpful?
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.First year traineeHelpful?
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.First year traineeHelpful?
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.Second year traineeHelpful?
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).Second year traineeHelpful?
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.First year traineeHelpful?
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.Second year traineeHelpful?
It was just the one assessment day, after the application form. I interviewed with two partners and there was also a group exercise and a verbal reasoning test. There were some tough questions but I never felt that I was being grilled for the sake of it – I came out feeling I'd enjoyed the day irrespective of how I'd done.Second year traineeHelpful?
There is an assessment day with interviews, group exercises and a test. I interviewed with partners who asked fair, but challenging questions. It was not designed to be a hostile or intimidating atmosphere. Questions included questions about myself, the firm and my commercial awareness.First year traineeHelpful?
There was one assessment day which comprised of a critical thinking test, a group exercise and an hour interview with two partners. The assessment day was actually very good, and one of the reasons I chose this offer over other firms. They approach the recruitment process as a two-way street, and I very much felt that they wanted to impress me, as well as the other way round. I was asked a general mix of questions at interview, between commercial current events and law, as well as about myself and interests.Second year traineeHelpful?
After handing in the application form, you may be brought in for an assessment day. You have a critical thinking test, a group exercise and an interview. That's it. I was interviewed by a partner in litigation. I was asked questions about the Northern Rock crisis which was occurring at the time, the sub-prime mortgages in the US, my degree and my dissertation. It was all very friendly and relaxed, the partner basically taking the time to assess whether I was sharp and had an understanding of the commercial world and also to see whether or not I would fit in with people at the firm.First year traineeHelpful?
One of the most applied-to firms in the country. Long application form, with many questions. Assessment day was relatively fun, and certainly one of my favourites. The interviewers did not try to make you feel like an idiot, but rather asked well structured, well thought-out questions.First year traineeHelpful?
I got my training contract following a vacation scheme – I had only a 30 minute interview after my three weeks in the firm. There was one round of interviews for the vacation scheme (an assessment day), including a test, group exercise, an interview with two partners (or member of the graduate recruitment team and partner). I enjoyed the assessment day (as far as I can remember, it was around 4 years ago).First year traineeHelpful?
I had a very informal and conversational interview with two partners. This followed an assessment day which had included a group session and a critical thinking test. The interview focused on my experiences at university and which areas of law I was particularly interested in.Second year traineeHelpful?
One round (for a training contract application). Interview is with one partner and either another partner or a member of the graduate recruitment team. The assessment day consists of an interview, a Watson Glaser test and a group activity in which the group has to decide on the best approach for a company to tackle a specific problem.First year traineeHelpful?
There was one round of interviews once your application had been accepted. This was accompanied by an aptitude test. The interview itself was with a partner and lasted roughly forty- five minutes.First year traineeHelpful?
The most relaxed (as far as it can be) assessment day I went to.First year traineeHelpful?
I did a vacation scheme interview with a partner and also a verbal reasoning test. I then did a vac scheme followed by another very rigorous interview with one partner which lasted well over an hour.First year traineeHelpful?
I had two online tests, one written test, an interview, a two week vac scheme with assessed presentations and a partner interview. The interview was based on current affairs and my reactions to certain events on the legal news. I was given problems and asked to show how I'd resolve them, etc. I really enjoyed the assessment day, test was fine, lunch was delicious and the interview really tested me academically.First year traineeHelpful?
I applied and had one assessment day, which involved the Watson Glaser psychometric test, a group exercise, a tour of the office and an interview. I had an interview with one partner who was very nice. I was surprised how relaxed I was made to feel and amazed that she didn't ask me any nasty questions, she just seemed to want to get to know what I was like and why I wanted to be a solicitor. The hardest question she asked was ’in the current economic climate, which clients would you recommend we focused on improving relations with, which ones should we put on hold and which ones we should ditch?’ Luckily, I had memorised their top clients and been following the business news!First year traineeHelpful?
There was one round with a group test, individual critical thinking test and two sets of interviews with HR and the graduate recruitment team. The interviews were detailed asking about both academic achievements and past experience. I was interviewed by two partners.First year traineeHelpful?
Detailed application form. Assessment day, comprising a welcome talk, critical thinking test, group exercise and interview. I got a call the same day offering me a training contract. Not all firms are as polite and I really appreciated the courtesy. I found the day to be testing but the environment was much more relaxed and less fraught than at other interviews. The firm takes the process seriously and the assessment day is challenging, but the firm doesn't make the process more formal or stressful than it would otherwise need to be, which I really appreciated.Junior solicitor, LitigationHelpful?
There was one assessment day, consisting of a critical thinking test, a group exercise, and an interview. My interview was with one partner and one member of HR, although it can be with two partners. The interview lasted about half an hour and consisted of CV based questions and business/legal questions.Newly qualified solicitor, LitigationHelpful?
Trainee recruitment is a one day assessment centre that entails a critical thinking test, a group exercise and an interview normally with two partners. The interview was quite intense with both partners asking probing questions exploring both legal knowledge and business acumen.Newly qualified solicitor, EmploymentHelpful?
Detailed application form followed by full day assessment. Assessment included critical thinking test and group exercise. I interviewed with one partner. The interview was a general chat about my interests, hobbies, interest in law, etc. In my opinion, the interviewing partners are trying to decide whether they would be happy to work closely with you, i.e. That you are personable and friendly (in keeping with the firm's reputation).Newly qualified solicitor, PropertyHelpful?
I took part in a group exercise which was aimed to test commercial awareness and team working skills. The important thing is to get involved in these discussions and to voice an opinion...TraineeHelpful?
Recruitment at Hogan Lovells in the current market appears to be extremely competitive... As a candidate applying for a training contract at Hogan Lovells, I was asked about the difference between tort and contract law and about securitisation work I had undertaken during a vacation scheme. Extracurricular interests were also a focal discussion area.TraineeHelpful?
I submitted an application form via the graduate recruitment website; this requires you to answer 12-13 questions and list academics. The assessment day involved reasoning testing for an hour, a group exercise of debating and discussing in front of assessors and a 1 hour interview with two partners.TraineeHelpful?
I interviewed for a vacation scheme and had to do a multiple choice test. At the end of the vacation scheme I interviewed with a partner. Questions such as: why law? Why the city? Why the firm? What did I feel I could offer? Where did I see myself in the future, could I explain any recent financial news item that had caught my attention.TraineeHelpful?
They've bent over backwards to retain staff. Although the headline retention rate is not as high as other firms, in my intake a significant proportion chose not to stay on – they didn't go to other firms, but went to other careers (foreign office, media, armed services).TraineeHelpful?
The good thing about the firm is unlike some, it does not make you jump through a number of pointless hoops. The assessment lasts one day and involves a critical reasoning test, a group case study and an interview with a partner and a member of the HR team. There is also the chance to talk to current trainees over lunch to find out more about life as a trainee. The interview questions (from what I can remember) are generally what you would expect: Why law? Why did you apply to 'X'?TraineeHelpful?
I found the application and interview process much better than at other firms. Although very challenging, I was pleased that there was only one "assessment day" as opposed to a series of interviews. The assessment day was actually fairly enjoyable – if a little nerve racking. We were given a presentation by the firm before carrying out the assessments, which was very useful as it gave a better understanding of the firm, and also eased us into the day quite well. We took a Watson Glaser test and then went for lunch, before a group exercise and interview with a partner. At no point were we made to feel unwelcome, and I found that, particularly at the interview, the aim was to find out my strengths, not to focus upon my weaknesses.TraineeHelpful?