Application Process & Interviews at Allens

Please describe the interview process and assessments.

There is an application, online psychometric test and face to face interview.
Entry level, Melbourne
Most recruitment comes from clerkships however there is also a level of market graduate recruitment. Market graduate recruitment is quite strenuous and will likely involve two interviews, including one where your legal skills are tested.
Entry level, Sydney
There were two interview stages and two social functions.
Graduate, Sydney
Process included an application, online assessments including psychological tests, two interviews (including an assessment interview).
Graduate, Melbourne
The firm requires graduates to sit an aptitude test and there is also an interview. The interview will usually be with two lawyers, including one partner. It depends on who you are interviewed by, but the interviews are fairly relaxed. The firm just wants to get to know you, not drill you.
Graduate, Melbourne
written application, first cocktail party, first interview, second interview, second cocktail party.
Graduate, Sydney
Law graduates usually come to the firm via the clerkship process - involving an application, interview, online testing, and a period of vacation work at the firm. Law graduates are then recruited only from the clerkship pool. Very rarely, candidates will be recruited directly from the open market.
Graduate, Melbourne
The process is difficult because it is a competitive market not because the assessments are too onerous. There is on-line testing and an interview, following an on-line application.
Entry level, Melbourne
Requires several interviews, clerkship process and certain analytic assessments
Midlevel, Perth
Standard interview process - obtained graduate position through clerkship, so was required to complete a 4 week clerkship with the firm
Graduate, Melbourne
Clerkship - two rounds of interviews with cocktail evenings between
Graduate, Sydney

What questions were you asked in your interviews?

General commercial questions, why I wanted to be a lawyer and why I specifically wanted to work at Allens.
Graduate, Melbourne
Questions regarding teamwork, why I was interested in commercial law, what legal experience I had, why I was interested in Allens
Entry level, Sydney
I was asked general questions about my experience and interests, and also about my knowledge of the firm and the legal sector overall.
Graduate, Sydney
Many questions related to commerciality and how I am able to translate legal studies into a commercial environment.
Graduate, Melbourne
Nothing too shocking. Allens was very much about the person, not just the lawyer.
Graduate, Perth
General questions about things I had done from my CV, like past jobs and hobbies.
Graduate, Melbourne
Why I am applying, what I am interested in, how I deal with difficult situations
Graduate, Sydney
I was asked to prepare a hypothetical scenario, which involved giving advice to a "client" about their fictional legal problems. However, I was a slightly unusual market entrant at the firm, so this process will likely be different for other candidates.
Graduate, Melbourne
I was asked why I wanted to be a lawyer, why commercial law and why Allens. Apart from that the questions were really directed at getting to know who I was as a person and whether I would be a good fit for the firm.
Entry level, Melbourne
General questions about my experience and interests
Graduate, Sydney

Do you have any specific tips and advice for candidates applying to your company? How would you recommend they best prepare?

Research Allens and the work they have done. Show an interest in an area of law that Allens specialises in. If you can research the people interviewing you.
Entry level, Melbourne
Know why you want to work in commercial law. Know why you want to work at Allens. Be 'normal'.
Graduate, Melbourne
Be yourself. The questioners are interested in getting to know you, rather than trying to test you.
Entry level, Sydney
I would recommend that students consider why they want to come to Allens, you shouldn't apply if commercial law isn't for you. I would recommend knowing the information on your CV well, most of the time interviewees will be guided by your CV.
Entry level, Sydney
Research the firm and their clients, and think about what you would offer to the firm.
Graduate, Sydney
Read up on commercial news, stay up to date with commercial law, and try to understand what law means in a commercial context.
Graduate, Melbourne
Emphasize what makes you different. Hint: it's not your grades.
Graduate, Perth
Find out a bit about the firm and convey in your application why you want to work at Allens specifically, and why you are interested in commercial law. You don't need to do any legal research or anything like that. Make sure your cover letter is error-free.
Graduate, Melbourne
Get good marks, think of possible questions you will be asked and plan your answers, be yourself, be confident
Graduate, Sydney
Proofread your cover letters closely, and ask somebody else to check them for you as well. Demonstrate that you are somebody who is interesting, interested and engaged in the world around them. Don't write cover letters that spend too much time talking about your academic results - we know that you're probably a smart and capable person (you're a law student, we know that you know how to study), and your transcript will convey that information anyway. We're more interested in hearing what makes you unique and special.
Graduate, Melbourne
Candidates should research what sets the firm apart for them from other firms. What is about Allens that they want to come here. What is that they want to know. Candidates should also think about what skills, interests and passions they have and how they match what Allens is doing.
Entry level, Melbourne