Increased competition forces firms to tighten selection procedures

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  • Tests involving running a virtual law firm? That sounds a bit much as the average trainee has never even set foot in a law firm, or comparable business, let alone run one.

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  • Practical tests such as these should already have been in place instead of irrelevant nonsense, such as, IQ-type numerical reasoning tests or impromptu presentations on global warming.

    One factor some law firms overlook is preparation. Yes, it is probably useful to see how well somebody performs on the spot but the practical reality is that solicitors normally have time to meticulously prepare.

    To really separate the wheat from the chaff; a test involving actors posing as clients, conducted either on the telephone or in person, would be a useful indicator of somebody's potential. Another good test would involve candidates pitching their firm to a potential client.

    Providing various material to candidates in advance of assessment centres (without any tips on what style is required) would test somebody's ability to organise, ascertain what is relevant and also ensure a performance to the maximum of their ability, unhindered by last minute fluster.

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  • I think assessment centres are completely false environments that don't really allow students to act like themselves as there' so much pressure to act confidently etc. So as unfair as it seems I'm very much in favour of a good old fashioned interview....

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