Learn More About Baker & McKenzie Assessment Centre and Interview Preparation

Been invited to a Baker & McKenzie assessment centre? The assessment centre is a whole day at the firm’s City of London office. The day contains three exercises, and you will be tested constantly and in different ways.
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The Baker & McKenzie assessment centre will test you in different ways. As well as the more formal exercises, there will be a lunch with trainees and associates, which is a good opportunity for you to find out more about what it is like to work for the firm in a less formal setting.

The exercises at the assessment centre are:

Group Exercise

Each member of the group will be given a mock business scenario to read over before the group come together to address it. The task you will be given will ask you to work towards set objectives. You will be assessed on the quality and substance of the contributions you make, as well as how well you work with the rest of the group. The group exercise is designed to test your commercial awareness, practical approach to problems, and your ability to work in a team. Getting the balance right in a group setting can be difficult. See how JobTestPrep can help you prepare for the group exercise here.

Partner Interview with Case Study

You will have two interviews at the assessment centre. One interview is an interview with up to two partners, most of which will focus on a case study. There will also be a section on competency based questions.See how JobTestPrep's competency based interview practice pack can help you prepare for this interview. 

Case Study

You will be given 30 minutes to read through a business or legal case study individually. Once in the interview, you will discuss your commercial and legal issues and observations, thoughts and opinions on the case study. Baker & McKenzie are looking for you to demonstrate good commercial instincts, problem solving skills and the ability to discuss a business scenario confidently and credibly. They are looking for signs of intelligence, persuasiveness, quick thinking and flexibility, confidence and a desire to learn. Preparing a case study for discussion at interview can seem like a daunting task. See how JobTestPrep can help you with case studies here.

The second part of this interview will discuss the information on your application form, your interests, your interest in the firm and any questions you might have about the firm and training contract. It may be some time since you filled in your application form, so remember to revise what you wrote on it, and update it with any new information in the meantime. Take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions with partners, asking them about their opinions on something current, or something you have discussed, or about the cases they have worked on for the firm. Do not make the questions personal, about you, or too simple. This section of the interview will test you in a very different way to the earlier section. This will be a much more conventional interview, where you will have to create an impression with your answers. See how JobTestPrep can help you impress in an interview with our interview package.

Associate Interview

In this interview you will meet with an associate in the firm who will ask you questions based on the competencies and skills Baker & McKenzie are looking for. You will need to use examples from your experience to demonstrate how you address these requirements. The interview will also discuss your application form and why you want to work in commercial law and with Baker & McKenzie.

Baker & McKenzie’s top tips for interviews:

  • Be yourself.
  • Do your research on the company and re-visit your research before the interview.
  • Ensure that you are able to identify and articulate your motivation towards commercial law, and why you are passionate about the opportunities we offer.
  • Enjoy the interview and try to project confidence, even if you are nervous.
  • Think about the question before answering. There is no right or wrong, they want to see how you answer. If you need to start again, ask if you can do so.
  • Keep your answers brief.
  • If it helps, take your questions with you into the interview. Try to make sure they are not obvious, that will show up poor research.

In summary

Only once you have been through all the steps above will you receive an offer. Competition for places at Baker & McKenzie is fierce, for example, the firm receive over 2,000 applications for the graduate training scheme each year, and only take up to 40, so it is important that you do everything you can to improve your application at each stage. 

We hope you have found this article informative and we look forward to helping you throughout your application process, good luck!

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