Baker & Mckenzie is a US based, major international law firm with offices worldwide. Their London office (the only office in the UK) is their biggest office. The application process for Baker & McKenzie contains four stages. These stages will test you whilst also assuring the firm your skills match what they are looking for. You will only have the opportunity to sit each stage of the application process once before you can move on to the next stage, so preparation is vital throughout the process. In this article we will guide you through your application, and help you gain that all important practice stage by stage. This page will focus on the process for graduate recruitment as this is the most comprehensive. JobTestPrep offers a guide to the application process.
Baker & McKenzie is looking for candidates who display the following characteristics. These competencies run throughout the whole application process:
The Baker & McKenzie application form stands out with the request for a cover letter. The cover letter is your opportunity to tell Baker & McKenzie about you and why you are a good candidate for them. They will use what you put in the cover letter to assess what drives you, your knowledge about the sector and your role, understanding of the firm, self-awareness, and your ability to communicate concisely and focus on the most relevant points. Before writing your cover letter, ensure that you have read up on Baker & McKenzie, list some of the key points you want to include, and make sure you include them, and remember to tailor your letter to the firm and why you have chosen to apply to them.
The cover letter should contain some key points:
Competition for jobs at Baker & McKenzie is fierce, and the application form is your opportunity to beat most of the field. before you start your application, take a look at our law firm application form blog to learn more about how to approach each section of the application form. It is also vitally important that your cover letter puts you forward in the best way.
If your application form meets their expectations, you will be invited to take an online test. Baker & McKenzie use SHL tests for this stage. See JobTestPrep’s specially developed practice packs for the whole battery for SHL tests here.
The first test you will be sent is the situational judgement test. This test is designed to assess your responses to hypothetical situations similar to experiences you may encounter in your working life. Facing a new situation is always difficult, and companies may choose any one of hundreds of scenarios, however practising your responses to new situations and learning some of the tricks that can be employed will help you out. See how JobTestPrep’s situational judgement test preparation pack can help you, by following the link here.
If you pass the situational judgement test, you will be invited to take a verbal reasoning test. Verbal reasoning tests help employers measure candidates’ abilities to comprehend, analyse and interpret written text. The tests will ask you questions based on a passage or a piece of information. Timed conditions may add to the pressure placed on answering these questions. Practice is key to helping you get a good enough score to pass the test. See how JobTestPrep’s verbal reasoning package can help here.
The next stage of the application process is the telephone interview. This interview will be a competency based interview with a member of the graduate recruitment team. The interview is designed to draw out your abilities and skills against key competencies. As the interview is on the telephone, feel free to prepare written notes with answers to some of the questions you feel could come up (or the list below). They will be looking for examples to illustrate each of your answers. The best way to do this is through the STAR method. Read more about the STAR method here. it is also important to practice for your interview. Authentic interview practice can be hard to come by, but JobTestPrep can help you with our Interview preparation package.
If you pass the telephone interview stage, you will be invited to the Baker & McKenzie assessment centre.