Mills & Reeve

Interview Process

7.4 / 10
21 reviews
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2014 Reviews
  • It is extremely difficult to get a training contract at any firm. The firm runs a two week vacation scheme and also receives applications from outside the vacation scheme. There is an online application followed by an assessment day. The assessment day consists of a group task, psychometric tests and an interview with a partner.

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  • I was recruited through the assessment day and vacation placement process. The assessment day consisted of an interview with a Partner, a group task and psychometric tests.

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  • I started with an application form for vacation scheme which was then followed by an assessment day consisting of group exercises, aptitude tests and interview with one partner. After the vacation scheme I had a very short meeting with the head of graduate recruitment confirming that I wanted to be considered for the training contract. There were no further interviews or assessment days. I received my offer a few weeks after.

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  • The interview process for the vacation scheme was very rigorous and included an assessment day at the firm.

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  • As with most law firms competition for training contracts is fierce.

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  • You have to complete an online application to start with and then you get invited to attend an assessment day. If you are successful you are invited onto the vacation scheme which is 2 weeks long and if you impress you will be offered a training contract.

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  • I went through the vacation scheme process; I completed an online application form initially, which led to an invite to a half day assessment centre. At the assessment centre I was asked to complete a number of group and individual tasks. I then went on to a one to one interview with a partner (on the same day). Following that interview I was invited to complete a 2 week work placement at the firm. During the placement I moved around departments and completed a number of tasks. Fee earners fed back on my performance, which led to me being offered a training contract for the firm.

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2013 Reviews
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • The interview was professional and conversational, rather than a series of rigid questions. The assessment included a group exercise, individual interview and written tests.

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  • 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?'.

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  • 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.

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2012 Reviews
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • The process is: icebreaker, various tests, group exercise, interview with a partner. It lasts half a day and is very thorough.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • The firm has vac schemes and other interviews and you are asked why you chose the firm and what areas you are interested in.

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  • I was asked why I had chosen a career in law and why I had chosen Mills and Reeve in particular.

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