The application process with Allen & Overy is designed to identify the best candidates to work with their firm. The application process is designed to test you the whole way through, but also provides a perfect opportunity for you to demonstrate just how good a candidate you are. This article will offer you tips and guidance on how to do this. We will focus on the graduate recruitment process for graduate training contracts or vacation schemes as it is the most exhaustive, but many elements of this article apply to other position recruitment as well.
There are three stages to the Allen & Overy graduate recruitment process:
The online application form is your first opportunity to stand out, so it is important you use it wisely. The form will ask you about yourself, your main interests and pastimes, any positions of responsibility and so on. It will also ask you about challenges you have faced, why you are choosing to work in law and why specifically you want to work with Allen & Overy. You are asked to write about a current issue or new article and implications it could have for Allen & Overy. Finally you are asked to list your weaknesses. The 250 words allocated to each answer is not a lot, so make them count. Be clear and only write about points that are relevant to your application. The application form asks you to list any specific questions you would like Allen & Overy to answer at interview- a real opportunity for you to shine.
Allen & Overy’s top tips for the application form:
The core skills and values that Allen & Overy are looking for are:
The application form is your only opportunity to present your career information as you would normally do in a CV. It is therefore important you ensure the form contains all the information you want it to. JobTestPrep’s CV builder package can help you fill in the form with your CV information showcasing your skills and talents in the best possible way. Work through each stage of your law firm application form with our series of blog posts covering every area of the form.
The assessment day is held at the firm’s offices, at 1 Bishops Square, London. There is no written or online testing at the assessment day. The order of the day will run as follows:
Don’t forget to take along the required documentation: A- level certificates; degree transcript; transcripts for postgraduate study (Law School).
You will have two interviews with Allen & Overy on the day, each with very different emphases.
The first interview you will have will be based on what you wrote in the application form. It will assess your skills and knowledge, reasons for applying to law firms and to Allen & Overy in particular and your commercial awareness. As you will be tested on what you wrote in your application form, revise what you have written. Stay up to date with current affairs and be prepared to be asked about your opinions on specific events. You are expected to illustrate all your answers in the interview with examples of your own experience, which is best done using the STAR method. See how JobTestPrep can help you answer questions with the STAR method.
The key to a successful interview is thorough preparation. Preparing answers to common questions in advance will help you, but it is also important to practice how you will deliver these answers. JobTestPrep offer an interview preparation package which can help you answer in interview conditions.
Some common and past interview questions with Allen & Overy include:
The second interview is based around a case study. You will be given 30 minutes time to prepare a presentation on the case study. You will then present your findings to your interviewer, and discuss with them the key points arising from the case study.
The interviewer will be looking for how you have identified and extracted any legal and commercial issues. Be aware that you will not be able to cover everything in the time you have been given, but expect to be challenged on what you do say, and you will even be asked to justify why you have not included some other things. Past case studies have included appraising the merger and acquisition of two companies, or the public listing of an SME. Preparing information from a case study to answer questions at a later date uses a new set of skills. JobTestPrep’s case study practice pack can help you prepare for this part of the day.
Allen & Overy place heavy emphasis on interviews in their application process, making interview preparation essential. JobTestPrep’s interview preparation package will help you prepare strongly.
Allen & Overy are a major international law firm, one of the UK’s magic circle of law firms. They are looking for only the best of candidates, and they put in the face to face time to ensure that they get them. This article has set out the interview requirements that candidates at graduate level will be subjected to, and how we can help you practice. Vacation scheme attendees should also remember that they are put into the pool for a graduate training contract, and will be assessed throughout their internship whether their work demeanour is appropriate for working with Allen & Overy.