Applying for a position at Hill Dickinson, be it a graduate training contract, a summer vacation scheme, or an experienced hire job, involves impressing the recruiters through several tests. This page is designed to provide you with tips and guidance for this application process, and show you how you can prepare and improve your application at each stage. We will focus on the application process for the graduate training scheme as it is the most exhaustive.
The online application form is your first opportunity to make an impression. Make sure it is a good one. The application form is the main source of information recruiters have about you, so ensure that you tell them what you want them to know. The application form asks three questions which will tell them a lot about you. Each of them is word limited, so ensure that you prepare what you want to write before putting it in the form.
The questions are:
You are requested to write a covering letter in support of your application. The covering letter must include information about why you have chosen to apply to Hill Dickinson and why they should employ you. The 500 word limit may not feel sufficient to include everything you say, so it is important that every word you include counts.
It is crucial that you make a good impression with your application form. The personal information sections are your opportunity to present your CV, which can be tricky with the limited space and prescribed format of the form.
If your application form meets the required criteria, you will be invited to sit an online critical reasoning test. The Watson-Glaser test used by the firm is a different style of test to the usual verbal or numerical reasoning tests you may be familiar with.
The Watson-Glaser test examines your skills in five disciplines:
Given the unique nature of the test, you should take the time to take practice tests and familiarise yourself with the type of questions asked and the answers you need to provide. JobTestPrep’s Watson-Glaser page and practice questions can help you understand more about this test, and improve your score.
Around 100 candidates will be invited to assessment days at the offices they have applied to. The assessment day will be a full day, with a variety of activities and tests designed to assess you on a range of skills. Although the lunch is not an assessment, it is still an opportunity to make a good impression on the team from Hill Dickinson. The day will be long and intense, be sure to get a good night’s sleep the night before and to be prepared for anything on the day.
On arrival at the assessment day, you are given a small envelope with a topic inside. Each candidate has a different topic. You have 10 to 15 minutes to prepare a short presentation, which you will then be called on to present to the rest of the group one after the other. The topics for the presentations are normally current affairs, such as “should all police be armed?” They may however, be entirely random for example shopping, gangs, drugs, prostitutes or caravans! You are assessed on whether your presentation is logically structured, and how you present your argument. Presenting to a group is never easy, but there are some key tips you can be aware of to improve your performance. See JobTestPrep’s presentation advice blog here.
For the written exercise you will be given a topic and asked to draft a document on that topic. You are tested on style, language usage, spelling and grammar. Previous topics include:
It is important to note that you may be called to your interview during this test, so make sure you plan your report to avoid losing the thread of your argument due to the interruption.
JobTestPrep’s website contains practice packs for some of the different types of written exercise you may come across at an assessment centre. See how these can help you here.
The Hill Dickinson interview is with a panel of partners. The interview contains a competency section, where they will ask you about your application form and your fit to the company, and a more free flowing part where the partners will ask more about you. Questions in the interview can include: Why do you want to work for Hill Dickinson? Why should we hire you? Tell us about our recent cases. The firm advises that you research them, and go into the interview knowing as much as possible about who they are, what they like, and the types of work that they do. You can also prepare questions about the firm to ask in the interview. These questions should be about information you want to know about, that will help you make your decision in the future. The interview is your opportunity to impress partners face to face.
It is important to prepare for the interview, both answers that you would like to give, but also about the skills needed to interview successfully. JobTestPrep can help you with that all important practice for interviews with our interview preparation package.
The group discussion is a negotiation between you and the other members of the group. It is designed to test how you apply logic to a problem and come to a resolution. An example of a group discussion at a Hill Dickinson assessment centre is: The group were given a list of employees in a company. They were then asked to shortlist these employees according to a point system the company had in place to decide who should be made redundant. Points are awarded based on pregnancy, sick days, official warnings. The group then discussed who should be made redundant according to these scores. Group discussions also enable the assessors to look at your ability to work in a team, how you come across in a group setting, and how you interact with others who may not have the same skills as you. Getting the balance right in a group setting can be difficult. See how JobTestPrep can help you improve your group discussion skills here.
The Hill Dickinson application process tests a lot of different skills in a variety of ways, and you need to be prepared to do your best at each stage. The application process is the same for vacation scheme applicants and graduate training contract applicants, and it is the same for each Hill Dickinson office. This page aims to give you an overview of the process, and show you how JobTestPrep can help you prepare for each new test.