Linklaters | Watson Glaser Test & Interview Preparation

This PrepPack™ offers Pearson-style Watson Glaser numerical tests, deductive-logical tests, drills, tutorials and guides.

Linklaters Application Process

After choosing the correct path of entry that suits you best, you will be asked to create an account to complete your Linklaters application form. The application form involves a number of different sections to complete. Apart from the regular items such as your education details and qualifications, there are a number of competency questions to answer. These typically focus on the key competencies that are important to Linklaters, which are listed below in the Linklaters Interview section. These questions are designed to assess your ability to answer pertinent questions in the correct manner as befitting the firm, as well as determine if you have the correct motivation when answering them. A badly constructed answer tells them that you aren’t really interested in working for Linklaters.

Every single application is read by a member of the Linklaters recruitment team. This can actually work to your advantage: On the one hand, it makes it harder to progress, as simple mistakes will serve as a deterrent to hiring you. On the other hand, however, it gives you the chance to really shine. What this means is that if you impress, you are well on your way to making it through to the next stage of the Linklaters recruitment process. Here you will find a package to help you overcome these competency questions, which you can find out more about here.

Linklaters Critical Thinking Test

If your application has been approved, you will be invited to take the Linklaters Watson Glaser test. It is important to note that this is not the only time you will be taking this test. If you are successful in getting passed the Linklaters interview questions, you will be asked to take this test once again to validate the one that you took online. The Linklaters critical thinking test is not a typical verbal reasoning test, as it is much more analytical and varied in style. There are five main sections to this test: Argument evaluation, Deductive reasoning, Drawing inferences, Logical interpretation and Recognising assumptions. This PrepPack™ offers in-depth Linklaters Watson Glaser practice tests with critical thinking examples, answers and explanations. All these tools are designed to help you master the analytical skills needed to get a good score on the Watson Glaser test and, ultimately, give you an advantage over the competition! 

Linklaters Situational Judgement Test

The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) is designed to evaluate how you would handle common phenomena in a workplace. It is important that you are not only qualified for the position, but also know how to handle situations with professionalism. Your answers should mediate such abilities. Therefore, it is recommended you familiarise yourself with the nature of this test. Use the Situational Judgement practice tests to prepare for this assessment. 


Linklaters Assessment Day

This day is also known as the Interview day, but is more properly defined as an assessment centre for the Linklaters graduate scheme. There are a number of different activities that you will face throughout the day. You will be taken on a tour of the building and although this happens at most major companies, this is of particular importance to Linklaters. The Linklaters offices are a source of pride to the company, who strive to ensure that they provide top amenities for both their staff and their clients alike. Therefore, be sure to ask questions during the office tour. Although this may seem a bit pedantic and trivial, Linklaters take their offices very seriously, so ensure you show yourself as really liking the layout and amenities within.

Linklaters Work Simulation and Written Exercise

In this exercise, you will be taking what is commonly known as an In-tray test. This is a true simulation of what you would expect to find at your place of work. You will be presented with a laptop and given instructions with some background information relating to the position you are to take during this exercise. You will then have to work your way through an “inbox” rating emails as important or not. Throughout the In-tray you will receive more emails that you need to deal with. There is not enough time to read through every email, so you need to have a method in order to complete the task.

After this section of the exercise, you have to write a long response to one of the important emails that came up. This response has to be in the correct structure with an introduction, main section and conclusion. 

Prepare for both parts of the exercise with the online written exercises preparation pack.

Linklaters Interview Questions

There are two interviews that you will face during the Linklaters interview day. The first of the interviews is with a member of the HR team, which will be a competency-based interview. You will need to have an excellent understanding of the Linklaters competencies to do well in this interview.

The six competencies are:

  • Commercial Judgment
  • Determination
  • Excellence
  • Imagination
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork

In order to perform at the highest level during the competency-based interview, make sure to bring examples of when you have demonstrated these values during your university experience, as well as in your work or volunteering experiences. Answering competency-based interview questions is actually an art form that can be taught and practised. A complete interview preparation package is provided.

The second interview is held with one of the lawyers from Linklaters and is a skills-based interview. You will discuss your written exercise with the interviewer, why you decided to answer the way you did and describe the way you approached the task, bringing your analytical skills to the fore. Additionally, you will be asked numerous questions designed to test your commercial awareness. There are a number of qualities and skills that Linklaters expects every employee to have; to this end, you will be asked questions involving the following skills:

  • Commercial thinking
  • Communication
  • Motivation
  • Teamwork
  • Time management

Linklaters Interview Questions

It is very worthwhile to prepare for this interview by making sure you are up to date with the latest commercial developments, as these are likely to come up during your interview. Try to prepare answers for every possible question that you think may come up. Some examples of previous Linklaters interview questions are as follows:

  • Which area of practice are you most interested in?
  • Do you think you could cope with the long hours connected with the law?
  • Where do you think that Linklaters should open their next office?
  • What puts you under pressure?
  • What do you do to evaluate your processes?
  • What aspect of your study did you enjoy the most?
  • Where do you see yourself in five year's time?
  • Tell me about a time when you were part of a team.
  • Did you ever solve a problem in a dynamic way?

The hour-long span of the Linklaters interviews tends to suggest that you will be in for a grilling, but this is not the case. You are encouraged to bring notes to help answer interview questions. Moreover, with the other exercises that you have already done, there is already a pretty clear picture of your abilities. Hence the Linklaters interview is regarded as more of an informal chat for the company to get to know you better.

Linklaters Graduate Recruitment

With a starting salary of close to £40,000 moving up to £64,000 after qualification, the Linklaters training contract is rightly one of the most sought-after positions around, providing 110 training contracts per year. Another highly desirable position is for the Linklaters summer vacation scheme with 90 places available. It is constantly ranked in the top five Law Firm rankings, it is one of the famed Magic Circle and has over 2,200 lawyers firm-wide.

The Watson Glaser - Critical Thinking Test

The majority of Linklaters job positions and graduate schemes require applicants to take the Watson Glaser critical thinking test. The table below lists all the job positions that require the Watson Glaser test: 

Assistant Associate Brand Ambassador Clerkship
Conflicts and New Client Officer Graduate Scheme Graduate Trainee Intellectual Property
Internship IT Management Junior Associate Lawyer Lawyer
Litigation Associate Managing Aassociate Non-Contentious Financial Regulation Associate Paralegal
Pathfinder Solicitor Strategy Analyst Linklaters Summer Vacation Scheme
Trainee Trainee Solicitor Training Contract  


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