Linklaters Watson Glaser Test - Free Practice Questions

What is the Linklaters Watson-Glaser Test

The Linklaters Watson Glaser Test is a challenging verbal reasoning test that measures your analytical capabilities under pressure. It is 30 minutes long and includes 40 questions that belong to five categories: Argument Evaluation, Deductive Reasoning, Drawing Inferences, Logical Interpretation, and Recognizing Assumptions. 

Drawing Inferences - In this section, each exercise begins with a statement of facts after which you will find several possible inferences - conclusions that some might draw from the stated facts. Your goal is to examine each inference separately, and make a decision as to its degree of truth or falsity.

Recognizing Assumptions - In this section, each statement is followed by a proposed assumption. You are to decide for each assumption whether a person, in making the given statement, is really making that assumption – that is, taking it for granted, justifiably or not. 

Deductive Reasoning - In this section you are presented with several statements (premises) and suggested conclusions, and you will need to decide if the conclusion follows or not. 

Logical Interpretation - In this section you are presented with short paragraphs, and a conclusion. You will need to decide if the conclusion follows beyond a reasonable doubt, or not. 

Argument Evaluation - In this section you'll be presented with a series of questions, each followed by an argument. You must decide whether the argument is weak or strong based on whether it is relevant, important, and related to central aspects of the issue. 

It is important to note that this is not the only time you will be taking this test. If you are successful in getting passed the Linklaters interview questions, you will be asked to take this test once again to validate the one that you took online.


Linklaters Watson Glaser Practice Test Questions

 Question 1 - Drawing Inferences

Virtual employees, or employees who work from home via computer, are an increasing trend. In the US, the number of virtual employees has increased 39% in the last two years and 74% in the last five years. Employing virtual workers reduces costs and makes it possible to use talented workers no matter where they are located globally. Yet, running a workplace with virtual employees might entail miscommunication and less camaraderie, and can be more time-consuming than face-to-face interaction.

Last year's annual rate of increase in the number of virtual workers was greater than the annual rate of increase in the number of virtual workers five years ago.

True
Probably True
Insufficient Data
Probably False
False
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is 'Probably True'.

The first sentence states that virtual employment is an increasing trend in the workforce, but it does not state that the rate of increase has grown. Nevertheless, the number grew 39% over the last two years, more than half of the general 74% increase in the last five years, suggesting that the increase is probably on the rise as well. However, since the text does not provide strict evidence for this, we can only mark 'Probably True'.

 

Question 2 - Recognizing Assumptions

If the upcoming elections are inevitable, we'd better merge with another party now while we still have the advantage.

Proposed Assumption:

Upcoming elections are inevitable.

Assumption Made
Assumption Not Made
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

Assumption is not made.

This statement appears in the passage as a condition, which means the author of the text believes that two options are possible: Upcoming elections are indeed inevitable; upcoming elections are avoidable.

The author may think that elections are about to take place, but the second option cannot be ruled out completely.


Linklaters Application Process

After choosing the position you want, you will be asked to create an account to complete your Linklaters application form. Apart from the regular items such as your education details and qualifications, there are a number of competency questions to answer. These typically focus on the key competencies that are important to Linklaters, which are listed below in the Linklaters Interview section.

 


Linklaters Assessment Day

This day is also known as the Interview day, but is more properly defined as an assessment center for the Linklaters graduate scheme. There are a number of different activities throughout the day:

Linklaters Work Simulation and Written Exercise

In this exercise, you will be taking what is commonly known as an In-tray test. This is a true simulation of what you would expect to find at your place of work. You will be given a laptop with instructions and some background information relating to the position you are to take during this exercise. You will then have to work your way through an “inbox” rating emails as important or not. Throughout the In-tray you will receive more emails that you need to deal with. There is not enough time to read through every email, so you need to have a method in order to complete the task.

After this section of the exercise, you have to write a long response to one of the important emails that came up. This response has to be in the correct structure with an introduction, main section and conclusion. 

Linklaters Interview Questions

There are two interviews that you will face during the Linklaters interview day. The first of the interviews is with a member of the HR team, which will be a competency-based interview. You will need to have an excellent understanding of the Linklaters competencies to do well in this interview.

The six competencies are:

  • Commercial Judgment
  • Determination
  • Excellence
  • Imagination
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork

In order to perform at the highest level during the competency-based interview, make sure to bring examples of when you have demonstrated these values during your university experience, as well as in your work or volunteering experiences. 

The second interview is held with one of the lawyers from Linklaters and is a skills-based interview. You will discuss your written exercise with the interviewer, why you decided to answer the way you did and describe the way you approached the task, bringing your analytical skills to the fore. Additionally, you will be asked several questions designed to test your commercial awareness. There are a number of qualities and skills that Linklaters expects every employee to have; to this end, you will be asked questions involving the following skills:

  • Commercial thinking
  • Communication
  • Motivation
  • Teamwork
  • Time management

Linklaters Interview Questions

It is very worthwhile to prepare for this interview by making sure you are up to date with the latest commercial developments, as these are likely to come up during your interview. Try to prepare answers for every possible question that you think may come up. Some examples of previous Linklaters interview questions are as follows:

  • Which area of practice are you most interested in?
  • Do you think you could cope with the long hours connected with the law?
  • Where do you think that Linklaters should open their next office?
  • What puts you under pressure?
  • What do you do to evaluate your processes?
  • What aspect of your study did you enjoy the most?
  • Where do you see yourself in five year's time?
  • Tell me about a time when you were part of a team.
  • Did you ever solve a problem in a dynamic way?

The hour-long span of the Linklaters interviews tends to suggest that you will be in for a grilling, but this is not the case. You are encouraged to bring notes to help answer interview questions. Moreover, with the other exercises that you have already done, there is already a pretty clear picture of your abilities. Hence the Linklaters interview is regarded as more of an informal chat for the company to get to know you better.


Linklaters Graduate Recruitment

With a starting salary of close to £40,000 moving up to £64,000 after qualification, the Linklaters training contract is rightly one of the most sought-after positions around, providing 110 training contracts per year. Another highly desirable position is for the Linklaters summer vacation scheme with 90 places available. It is constantly ranked in the top five Law Firm rankings, it is one of the famed Magic Circle and has over 2,200 lawyers firm-wide.


The Watson Glaser - Critical Thinking Test

The majority of Linklaters job positions and graduate schemes require applicants to take the Watson Glaser critical thinking test. The table below lists all the job positions that require the Watson Glaser test: 

Assistant Associate Brand Ambassador Clerkship
Conflicts and New Client Officer Graduate Scheme Graduate Trainee Intellectual Property
Internship IT Management Junior Associate Lawyer Lawyer
Litigation Associate Managing Aassociate Non-Contentious Financial Regulation Associate Paralegal
Pathfinder Solicitor Strategy Analyst Linklaters Summer Vacation Scheme
Trainee Trainee Solicitor Training Contract  

 

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