Shoosmiths Graduate Recruiter Answers Your Training Contract Questions

Shoosmiths Graduate Recruiter Answers Your Training Contract Questions


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The Student Lawyer teamed up with new online careers service, Apportunity, to run a Facebook Live event with their Graduate Recruiter on Wednesday 18th January.

Apportunity is the new online careers service for graduates who are applying for professional jobs in law, banking or consulting. Apportunity matches graduates with a Graduate Recruiter in the same industry for application advice. You receive guidance with CVs, application forms, cover letters and mock interviews.

Apportunity’s Grad Recruiter, Matthew Mercer, currently a Senior Graduate Recruiter at Shoosmiths with 5 years of experience reading your applications, answered your questions.

  1. What are the chances of a candidate securing a TC with a 2:1 but a fail in one subject because of mitigating circumstances? Will a year long work experience sort of overcome the fail?
  2. In a number of applications, you are asked to sell the firm to a potential client in a couple of hundred words. Would you recommend picking just one practice area or industry, or would you discuss the firm as a whole?
  3. The same goes for when application forms ask who the firms main competitors are and how their firm is different. For example, if you want to join Shearman & Sterling due to their reputation as a leading M&A firm, would you state other M&A firms as their competition or would you speak more generally, about other similar firms?
  4. How early (or late) should an applicant submit their applications?
  5. For one firm, I meet the UCAS point requirement, but fall short from the overall IB point requirement. Would you recommend still applying for that firm?
  6. What is the most common mistake you see being made in application forms?
  7. What is the most common mistake you see being made in interviews?



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