first interview - mostly HR behavioural questions, second interview - personality/fit questions
Standard interview questions. How have you deal with adversity etc.
I cannot remember exactly. The first interview was structured, however the interviewers did focus on the content of my resume. The second interview was unstructured and casual. I felt I got to know the partners interviewing me during the interview.
The interview was quite relaxed, the interviewers were interested in all of my experience (not just legal) and it was more of a conversation to get to know me. I was asked about my marks, there was not too much focus on market/commercial questions, although this was important throughout.
Why do I want to work at Minters? Questions relating to me experience at other firms and whether I had applied there. Questions about my work experience and interests
I can't exactly remember now, however I remember that the focus wasn't just on my academics, but also about what extra-curricular activities I participated in. It was not just about how I could explain my academic credentials, a large part of the interview was about how I came across as a person holistically
Given I was handling two jobs and full-time university at the time, my interviewers were keen to understand exactly how my week ran from start to finish! I was also asked specifically about my interests, as they had allocated me a member of the property team to interview me - given my interest in property development, this led to a really interesting discussion.
The questions were focused on what I could bring to the firm and what the firm could offer me, for example why I chose this firm, why I left my former job, what legal areas I was interested in.
Minters interview was much nicer than many others I experienced - the interviewers genuinely wanted to know why I was interested in the law as well as what I liked doing outside of work.
The interview was conversational in nature, with most questions being drawn from the contents of my CV. There were no behavioural questions. I recall being asked to outline my previous experience, outline what my favourite subject was and outline the areas of law that I was interested in.
A combination of behavioural and general questions about myself, the firm, my motivations to work in commercial law, my understanding of the business of the firm and its client, my alignment with firm values and vision and what I think I can contribute to the firm and what I hope to take from my employment here.
From memory, a lot of questions about explaining experiences and how I would cope in different situations. No real arbitrary questions that seemed irrelevant or were based purely on my grades and achievements.
I was generally asked questions about myself and things on my resume. There were no testing questions regarding the legal industry or anything like that. I think the interviewers were just eager to get to know me as a person and my motivations and interests.
The questions in the clerkship interview were more of a conversation - 'what I liked to do with my spare time' 'what extracurricular activities I did' 'what I did at my previous job' etc. There were no hard or technical legal questions, and no weird 'if you were a fruit, what fruit would you be' questions. I think the toughest bit was going through my academic transcript and explaining some of my worse marks.