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Slaughter and May has become the latest law firm to introduce an extra layer of testing for its future trainees.
The top ten City firm added a written exercise to its selection procedure at the beginning of November when it started interviewing for its 2013 trainee solicitor intake.
Slaughters’ HR manager for trainees Mel Binks said: “We recruit candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines and it can sometimes be difficult to assess their ability to write clearly, concisely and correctly under pressure. It was important to us that we maintained the simplicity of our recruitment process so we developed a short and simple written exercise inhouse.”
The current recruitment round has seen several law firms make their graduate recruitment processes more robust with the introduction of additional testing. Herbert Smith for instance has introduced an online situational judgement test, which candidates will have to take when they first fill in their application forms. Would-be lawyers will also have to take a logical reasoning test, which has been added on top of the firm’s existing verbal reasoning test.
Elsewhere, SNR Denton will be introducing psychometric testing to its online application form, while Addleshaw Goddard is adding a verbal reasoning test to its existing selection procedure.
Slaughters’ written exercise, which will be given to all applicants as part of the interview stage, takes 30 minutes to complete and requires candidates to read a short article and then summarise it in an email.