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Interview Guide

Everyone knows the importance of making a good first impression. This has never been more important than in a job interview. This is why, at Thomson Legal, we aim to help each of our candidates to prepare, perform and ultimately to be successful in all interview situations by providing them with useful legal job interview tips. Below you can find just a few of our many legal interview tips, available as a download and further down this page. While these tips provide you with some guidance for your next interview, our team can offer further tips relating to your specific interview, ensuring that you prepare appropriately.  

Top Law Firm Interview Tips

Modern interview techniques are considerably more complex with many law firms and companies now having unique approaches and methods that they utilise to assess future hires. This can prove challenging to interviewees, which is why we recommend preparing for all interviews with the help of our law firm interview tips.

The Interview

The interview itself presents a unique opportunity for you to showcase your experience and to stand out from the crowd. It is your chance to impress, to sell your experience and to convince the interviewer that you should be hired. This is a daunting process, particularly for recently qualified lawyers and solicitors. To make this process less nerve-wracking, we offer law firm interview tips and guidance to help you improve your interview skills, in turn helping you to successfully interview for your dream legal role.

Legal Job Interview Tips from Thomson Legal

Preparing for your next interview? You can download your own copy of our Interview Guide at the bottom of this page, this will provide you valuable legal job interview tips and advice on how to best prepare in advance for any interview and how to optimise your performance. We hope that these tips will help you take successfully interview, taking the next step in your new legal career. 

Before the Interview

These steps will help you to prepare for your interview. Taking the right steps in preparation for your interview will help to improve your overall confidence during the interview, allowing you to stand out from the other candidates.

During the Interview

Even with all the right preparation, it is essential that you preform well during the interview, demonstrating your capabilities. The table below provides just a few of our top tips to help you in your next interview.

Competency Based Questions

The purpose of a competency interview is to allow employers to to question you on specific character traits: leadership, autonomy, collaboration and people-management are common examples. Think of situations that demonstrate relevancy to the role, You may be asked to give position examples as well as difficult situations where things did not go according to plan. For these type of questions it is important to recognise your faults and mistakes but also to show the lessons learned and the resolution to the situation.


Set the scene- always aim to use recent, relevant and professional examples from your career to date.


Focus on the specific actions that you adopted and your reasons for doing so. Demonstrate that your actions.


Describe the task that you undertook ensuring that you provide details of the challenges and responsibilities that you faced.


Demonstrate the results of your actions and highlight the overall success and learning outcomes.

Further Guidance

While the above tips and advice will help you to start preparing for your next interview, these tips do not ensure that you are prepared for your specific interview. Our team can provide you with further guidance relating to your next career move. It is worth remembering that interviews can vary hugely internationally as well as across law firms and roles. Thomson Legal can help you prepare for your specific interviews, ensuring that you are fully prepared for everything that may come up. Additionally, our team can help calm your nerves to ensure that you are feeling prepared and confident for your next legal interview. 

Do you feel prepared for your next interview? Find out how we can help you by speaking to a member of our team.

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