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Prepare for the half-day assessment

Katie Stenstrom reading the paper in the park

Securing an interview with us is a real achievement in itself. We understand that this is a big step for you – so to make things easier when you attend, here’s what to expect.

‘Don’t be afraid to be yourself. The best interviews involve an enjoyable conversation to get to know you and a lively and interesting debate on themes coming out of a recent business article.’
Catherine Balmond, partner

The half-day assessment: what to expect

If your application is successful, congratulations! It means we're interested in you, and we think you might have what it takes to be an international commercial lawyer at Freshfields. We’ll invite you to a half-day assessment at our London office during which there’ll be two hour-long interviews.

General interview

The general interview is your opportunity to tell us more about you and your skills – including examples of things you’ve done that demonstrate the qualities you have. There are no traps: we want to give you every chance to tell us why you’d make a good trainee at Freshfields.

Tip: Before you attend, try to think of examples from your life that show you are good at working in a team, have stuck at a difficult task or have pushed yourself. These are all things we’re looking for in our future trainees.
Katie Stenstrom smiling in a meeting

Analytical interview

The analytical interview is more about assessing your ‘business mind’.

We’ll give you 20 minutes to read a press article, possibly from the Financial Times or the Economist. We’ll then ask you questions about what you’ve read.

It’s not a test of what you already know about the business world. Instead we want to get a sense of how well you think on your feet, and allow you to show your curiosity about commercial and legal themes.

Tip: In both interviews, we’ll give you lots of time to ask our interviewers questions. It’s a good idea to prepare several questions in advance. (We won’t mind if you’ve written them down.)

Written exercise

You’ll have a 45-minute written exercise to complete on the day. A lot of our work for clients is in writing, so we want to see how you organise what you write, and how well you can spot key concepts and convey them to the reader.

You’ll do this before the first interview.

Tour of the building

Between the two interviews, you’ll spend time with a trainee, who will give you a tour of the office and answer your questions in a more informal setting.

Tip: Ask the trainee about anything you like during the tour – your questions won’t go any further!
View of Chrysler building and a Freshfields lawyer laughing in the office
Apply Now

Ready to apply? Start filling in your application form now (you’ll be directed to our online application site).