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CV Writing Hints & Tips
  • Keep it to 2 pages, 3 maximum
  • Split into 4 sections and use subheadings; Personal Details, Employment History, Qualifications and Interests
  • Always put in reverse chronological order, i.e. starting with the most recent
  • If there are any gaps in employment – add an explanation
  • Keep statements factual giving good examples of experience gained
  • Remember to include contact details including daytime contact number
  • Spell check and proof read – ideally get a colleague to proof read too
  • Concentrate mainly on current/last job
  • Include a photo
  • List irrelevant personal information, e.g., names of children/pets
  • Add very general statements, e.g. I am an excellent team player
  • Invent hobbies/interests – be prepared to embellish on them at interview

For further assistance on drafting your CV please contact us.

Interview Techniques

Some general job interview tips.

  • Prepare thoroughly – find out as much as you can about the firm and Interviewers; obtain a copy of their brochure; read their website and linked websites, e.g:
  • Prepare answers to questions you may be asked (see below)
  • Conduct a mock interview with a colleague/partner
  • Dress smartly and appropriately – remember the Interviewer will form an opinion on you and only 7% will be based on what you say, the rest will be on how you look, act and sound
  • Take enough copies of your CV for yourself and all Interviewers
  • Check out the venue beforehand – know where it is and how long it will take to get there
  • A good firm handshake is very important – practice if necessary
  • Avoid complaining about current/former employer or colleagues – you may be seen as a gossip or troublemaker
  • Do not raise discussions regarding salary
  • Remember to switch off your mobile
Interview Questions

Some interview questions you may be asked and suggested questions you could ask.

Questions you may be asked
  • What are your reasons for leaving your current firm?
  • What do you know about us?
  • What do you like and dislike about your current role?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What is your major achievement?
  • What motivates you?
  • Where do you see yourself in 2/3/5 years time?
  • How would your boss/team describe you?
  • What are your current billing targets and are you achieving them?
  • What do you think are the major problems/opportunities facing the legal profession?
  • What are your interests outside of work?
  • Why should we offer you the position rather than one of the other candidates?
Suggested questions to ask
  • How has this role arisen?
  • Who will I report to? Where does he/she fit in the structure?
  • Who will report to me? How experienced are they?
  • How would you describe the culture of the firm? E.g.. Open door policy?
  • Who do you consider are your main competitors?
  • Can you tell me about the firm’s plans to expand?
  • What are the long-term prospects for the successful candidate?
  • How do you appraise the performance of your staff?
  • What are the chargeable hours targets for fee earners per week/day?
  • When will you decide on the appointment?
  • What is the next step? 2nd interview?
  • Do you have any concerns about offering me the position? (allows the chance to address any concerns they have)
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