Preparing for your Shoosmiths interview
Congratulations - you've been invited for an interview, so on paper at least you've got what it takes to come and join us. Now that the euphoria has settled, it's time to think about the following:
What are you going to wear?
99% of the time we would expect candidates to come dressed formal business wear, but contact us if you have any doubts.
How are you going to get to the interview?
As you'd expect, you'll be sent interview confirmation details including the location, who you'll be meeting and any other specific instructions so that you are fully prepared. All our locations are accessible by public and private transport and before the interview, we will provide location maps with full details of parking and transport links. However, if you have any doubts please contact us. Remember, travel is rarely problem free, so make sure you have a contact name and number to call if you are delayed.
What questions will you be asked?
The interview, as you'd expect, is your opportunity to tell us all about you! Use the time to tell us how your skills and experience match the role and to show how much you've researched the firm in preparation for the interview.
You have control of the floor and we are your audience. We will be pleased to answer any questions that you may want to know about, including:
- Key clients
- Team structure
- Professional development
- Methods of working
- Culture of the firm
- Firm-wide successes
- Strategic plans
We will want to know more about:
- Your relevant experience
- What your aspirations are and how Shoosmiths can help you fulfil them
- What you know about us, the type of business we undertake and our key client
- We may ask you questions to test your technical understanding
As a general rule, successful candidates attend two or three interviews to meet various managers and team members. We will always let you know what our process involves, but please do ask if you are not sure.
Wherever possible, we will hold the interview at the office where you are going to be based so that you can get a feel for your new environment.
Candidates are sometimes invited to attend informal 'meet the team' events (e.g. drinks or lunch) which go a long way towards dispelling any concerns you may have. As at interview, you are free to ask the team about what type of work they do, who the key clients are, and what life is really like at Shoosmiths.
If you receive a job offer and have some time before you are due to start with us, we will make sure that we stay in contact with you. You will be provided with all the support you need so that you feel prepared and welcome on your first day.
If you have any questions or concerns at any point in the process, just call, email or contact us online and we'll try to help.