Berwin Leighton Paisner Verbal Analysis Test and Telephone Interview Preparation

Applying for a position at Berwin Leighton Paisner, be it a graduate trainee, vacation scheme place, or experienced hire? These are coveted positions, with hundreds of applications pouring in each year.This article guides you through the process, highlighting the resources available to help you prepare along the way.
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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is one of the top law firms in the UK. Being part of the BLP vacation scheme is a great way to help you on the path to a training scheme with the firm and beyond.. In this article we focus on graduate recruitment for both the graduate trainee scheme and the summer vacation scheme as they follow a similar process. Applicants for other jobs with BLP will find this article useful for the elements included in their own application process.

The Berwin Leighton Paisner Recruitment Process

The first stage of the recruitment process is the online application form. The form is important to BLP as it is the first opportunity they have for identifying the people they potentially want to work with them. For you, it is a chance to sell yourself, and to tell the firm why you stand out. As well as the normal sections asking about your education and work experience, there are some open ended questions asking for more information about you and your motivations.

Application form questions include:

  • Why have you chosen to pursue a career as a lawyer working in an international law firm? Why specifically have you chosen to apply to BLP?
  • BLP acts for clients across a wide range of industry sectors. Choose one of these industry sectors and highlight two key challenges that they are currently facing.
  • Give an example of a time when you have had to deal with conflict and pressure. What key obstacles were you presented with and how did you overcome them?
  • Please outline your interests, hobbies and travel experiences.

You have a limited number of words to answer each question. This limit may not feel sufficient for the information you want to put down, so make sure that you plan your answer in advance, and pick your words carefully.

Some tips for the application form:

  • Do your research - on the website, on the areas of practice etc.
  • Read industry publications.
  • Find out what makes BLP unique and use it to tailor your answers in the open ended questions.
  • Consider the core skills that the graduate recruitment team look for, and put them in your application form.
  • Demonstrate transferable skills from any work experience you have had, no matter what job you were doing.
  • Mention any open days you have attended.
  • Refer to your hobbies outside of law.

For more information about law firm applications, check out our guide to law firm applications.

BLP Qualities

BLP are clear about the qualities they are looking for in a trainee. They have even given what they are looking for a name - Berwin Leighton Paisnericity! These qualities need to be included through the application process at every stage. They are:

  • Inspire confidence in others.
  • Offer complete clarity.
  • Lead by example.
  • Take on early responsibility.
  • Solve complex problems.
  • Exceed our client’s expectations.
  • Connect with people.
  • Thrive under pressure.

Berwin Leighton Paisner Verbal Analysis Test

After submitting your online application, candidates for both the vacation scheme and training contracts are sent a link to an online verbal analysis test. This test is provided by Saville Consulting. Verbal analysis tests, or verbal reasoning tests, assess how well you extract information from a written text. The test has 2-4 sections, with 4 questions per section. You have 3 minutes to complete the section, giving you a very short time for each question. As this test determines if you make it to the next stage, your success is crucial.

Familiarise yourself with the test using out Saville-style verbal analysis test and get the practice you need.

Berwin Leighton Paisner Telephone Interview

If you are successful at the verbal test stage, you are asked to schedule in a telephone interview. This interview lasts 30 minutes at the most, and aims to find out more about you, your motivations, and your interest in the firm. Expect some competency questions, testing your skills and abilities. Remember that you need to illustrate your answers with examples of how you fit the qualities they are looking for above. The best way to do this is to use the STAR method which can help you structure your answer..

Questions and topics could include:

  • Your interest in law in general.
  • Your interest in the firm.
  • Some general commercial questions.
  • The key skills needed by a trainee solicitor, covered in the form of competency-based questions.
  • What do you think is unique about Berwin Leighton Paisner/ the culture at BLP?
  • What are some important or current commercial issues? Explain the issue, and implications for law firms.
  • Tell me why a company you know failed or succeeded in business.
  • Talk about a deal which BLP were involved in which has caught your attention.

The best way to prepare for an interview is by doing a mock interview. With our Skype-based interview preparation, you can come into the telephone interview feeling confident in yourself and your answers.

If you come through the telephone interview successfully, you will be invited to the Berwin Leighton Paisner Assessment Centre.

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