Our Group Interview is the first stage of our interview process: a round-table meeting of approximately six candidates with two interview facilitators. It consists of a general discussion about topics of everyday interest. Individuals can participate as much or as little as they like. To make it easier for you, we will give you written information on one of the topics when you arrive and time to consider it in advance of the interview commencing.
The group interview allows us to develop a sense of each other. It is not a test of knowledge, nor of how much you say. It simply allows us to meet the person behind the application form and you to meet some of the people who make up our firm.
The candidates identified from the group interview process will next be invited to an Individual Interview.
Group Interview Tips:
The interview technique which you use is very much a matter of personal preference. However, what follows are some tips from current trainees in Arthur Cox who have been through the process and would like to make it somewhat less daunting for you by sharing their experience:
- Don’t be afraid to get involved but remember that you don’t need to make a ‘killer’ comment to impress the partners. Relax and try to be reasonably succinct when making your view known ensuring you are not ‘hogging the airwaves’. There will be others who will want to speak and it is courteous to allow them some time to do so.
- Maintain good eye contact with those you are speaking to.There is nothing wrong with an avidly held opinion but try to avoid being offensive to people holding a contrary view to your own.
- Finally, try to remember that there are no correct answers. The partners on the other side of the table are people too – try to relax and speak as naturally as you can. Above all, be yourself.
Candidates invited to attend an individual interview will have the opportunity to meet individually with and get to know representatives of our firm. It also gives us a chance to get to know you personally and for you to get a feel for the people with whom you may build your career. Candidates regularly admit that despite the dread with which they anticipated interviews, they eventually really enjoyed the experience.
Offers are issued shortly after these interviews.
At the interview:
- Dress well and professionally
- Be honest
- Be polite
- Be totally familiar with your own CV
- Be proactive: Pre-empt any concerns we may have by explaining gaps, anomalies, low marks or lack of focus
- Tell us not just what you have done but the difference it made/impact it had
- Don’t tell us what we do but do research us and tell us how you can contribute
- Be relevant
- Take a deep breath and take your time
- Make it easy for us to decide to select you
- Make us think
- Make us want to continue the conversation
- Enjoy yourself!