Mills & Reeve
What kind of questions were you asked in your interview?
An application for a training contract, followed by an assessment day. The interview was more of an informal chat with just a few questions on commercial awareness.Second year trainee, NorwichHelpful?
An assessment day including a group exercise, aptitude tests and a one-on-one interview with a Partner. Questions focussed on aspects of my CV and my view of the firm and where it is going.Second year trainee, CambridgeHelpful?
Online application followed by an invitation to an assessment day with group exercises and written tests. Followed by a single partner interview. Mills & Reeve wanted to know just as much about me and who I was, as why I wanted to work here.First year trainee, BirminghamHelpful?
I applied for the summer placement for the January 31st deadline - I then had to attend an Assessment Day in March. The Assessment Day consists of 3 parts - a group exercise (with 6 people), numerical and verbal reasoning tests and a formal interview with two employees. I was very nervous about the interview, but they were very friendly and I relaxed into it quite quickly. I remember being asked - Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? What is your favourite newspaper and why? How do you think Mills & Reeve has been affected by the economic downturn?First year trainee, NorwichHelpful?
I was offered a training contract after completing the Vacation Scheme with Mills & Reeve. There were several assessments (numerical/verbal reasoning) and interviews with senior members of staff. I remember being asked lots of questions about myself, why I am interested in law and my experiences to date.First year trainee, BirminghamHelpful?
The interview was professional and conversational, rather than a series of rigid questions. The assessment included a group exercise, individual interview and written tests.Second year trainee, CambridgeHelpful?
The process is thorough- there are group exercises, individual assessments and an interview. Questions can include 'why do you want to be a solicitor?' And 'why this firm?'.Second year trainee, BirminghamHelpful?
Application form, assessment day with an interview. The assessment includes a 'break the ice' session, verbal and numerical reasoning and a commercial based scenario that requires the group to resolve.First year trainee, CambridgeHelpful?
I can't remember exactly what the questions were, but I do remember them being of a more informal nature. The interview seemed like a tool designed more to get to know you as a person and see if you would fit in with the culture of the firm.Second year traineeHelpful?
There is an assessment day, group exercise and interview. The interview was more like a chat. I was asked about time I spent travelling and fairly common interview questions. Be prepared for 'why law', 'why Mills & Reeve', etc.Second year traineeHelpful?
The process is: icebreaker, various tests, group exercise, interview with a partner. It lasts half a day and is very thorough.First year traineeHelpful?
It was quite an informal interview, and gave me a great feel of the firm. I was asked what I thought it took to be a good lawyer, and generally just questions on my CV and why I wanted to work at Mills & Reeve.First year traineeHelpful?
Applicants have to have a strong academic record to pass the firm's initial screening process and so the questions at my interview were more aimed at finding out a bit more about my personality. We were asked to complete a group task in the morning. We had a legal problem to consider and had to report back verbally to a panel of the firm's solicitors. It sounds more daunting than it was and really it was just about showing that I could understand the legal issues and work as part of a team to find a solution. My interview was very relaxed and was an opportunity for me to find out more about the firm and vice versa.Second year traineeHelpful?
The firm has vac schemes and other interviews and you are asked why you chose the firm and what areas you are interested in.First year traineeHelpful?
I was asked why I had chosen a career in law and why I had chosen Mills and Reeve in particular.First year traineeHelpful?
Candidates are selected from their application form and invited to an assessment day. This usually lasts half a day and consists of three parts: a group exercise and presentation, aptitude tests, and an interview with a partner. It is quite intense and you certainly feel that you are being assessed from the moment you enter reception!Trainee, BirminghamHelpful?
I did a vacation scheme and then applied for a training contract as a result of that. The assessment day for the vac scheme included a half day of assessments, including a discussion of commercial issues in a group exercise, an aptitude test and an interview with one of the partners, which was fairly informal.Trainee, BirminghamHelpful?
There was an online application followed by an assessment morning. Everyone interviews with one partner each. The morning started with a group activity and presentation, followed by aptitude testing and then an interview.Trainee, CambridgeHelpful?
I applied for the vacation scheme and got my contract off the back of that. The application process for the vac scheme is the same as applying for a contract. You must fill out an extensive online form and then you may be invited for an interview. The interview is actually a half day assessment which includes a presentation, a group discussion of a legal/commercial issue, aptitude tests and a formal interview. We then had what was effectively a two week interview by way of the vac scheme; following this I was offered a contract. The process was very hard work and the firm is very selective. This ensures that those chosen are the right sort of people to fit in at the firm and I am glad for this. I believe that it is appropriately difficult to get a contract with M[&]R.Trainee, NorwichHelpful?
After submitting the application you attend an assessment day. You are interviewed by a partner, participate in a group (of about six people) exercise and presentation and take three tests on logic, maths and language. We also got given tours by the current trainees and got to ask them questions.Trainee, NorwichHelpful?
There is an online application, if you get through this stage then there is an assessment day, comprising an interview and group exercises. There are also three or more aptitude tests. I was interviewed by partners; it was fairly relaxed, but there were plenty of questions! The assessment day was well organised and clearly a good way to judge the candidates; the group activity effectively shows each candidate’s character and team skills, etc.Trainee, NorwichHelpful?
The actual application form is long and detailed. The assessment day lasted all day and consisted of spelling, maths and reasoning tests, a mock client meeting/business situation (under the watchful eye of partners and associates), and an interview with a partner and associate. It was all designed to see how well we worked with the other candidates and how we handled ourselves in pressured situations. The interview questions were fairly standard and asked to draw on personal experiences, e.g. Tell me about a time when you planned and completed a project successfully, etc.Trainee, NorwichHelpful?