Hints & Tips
A career at Weil is challenging, technical and requires trainees to work under pressure. With this in mind, we are looking for bright, articulate candidates who can use their initiative, are comfortable in the spotlight and who thrive when challenged and placed out of their comfort zone. Successful applicants will need to be business-minded with plenty of entrepreneurial flair and commercial acumen, as well as work effectively in a team.
To help you prepare for your interview, we’ve detailed some helpful hints and tips to start you on the right footing.
The importance of research
Each firm is different and it’s up to you to understand what makes us unique. We’re sure to ask you why you want to work for us, so make sure you have a good answer ready.
Re-read your application form
Your application form will form the basis of your interview so make sure you are familiar with the content, particularly if you have referred to a specific deal the firm has worked on.
Make sure you’re up-to-date with business news, current affairs and politics and that you understand the implications on our clients and on us as a law firm. In a similar vein, make sure you’re up-to-date with the trends in the legal market and any significant deals / work the London office is involved in.
It isn’t just what you say that makes an impression. Be aware of how you carry yourself – be smartly dressed, professional and listen attentively.
Good interview technique
Think before you answer questions, taking a sip of water to compose yourself if you need a moment. Don’t be afraid of any silences as it is best to pause to gather your thoughts if you are not sure. Always let the interviewer finish speaking before you start and do ask for clarification if you need it. We want to get the best from you and would rather you understand the question than try to muddle through.
Apply as early as possible to give yourself ample time to prepare an excellent application. We review applications and make offers on a rolling basis, so a last-minute application may have less chance of success, particularly if it’s rushed.