Academic intelligence still ranks as the most important requirement for selecting trainee solicitors, according to a survey carried out by the Trainee Solicitor's Group. In a poll of training managers, 60 per cent of respondents said academic record was the most important criterion for selecting trainees, with common sense the most popular second choice. The survey also revealed that business acumen and marketing skills were increasingly regarded as important, as was previous performance on work placements. Failure to do homework about the firm was the most common reason for performing badly at interview. A 22 to 23-year-old law graduate is considered to be the safest recruitment bet.