Jack is a trainee in the private client team. He studied Law LLB at Cardiff University, subsequently completing the LPC and Law & Business MSc at the University of Law in London.
Jack offers some advice to those completing a training contract interview at Russell-Cooke:
1. Know your application form: There is evidently some content in your application that has made you stand out and appear to be a suitable candidate. The firm genuinely wants to try and get to know you, so be prepared to talk about yourself and remind yourself of what you wrote on the form.
2. You have earned your place: There are bound to be other candidates who have studied at more prestigious universities or had greater experience working in the legal world but don’t let that dishearten you. You wouldn’t have been asked for an interview if you were not a worthy candidate and a potential RC trainee.
3. Be enthusiastic about your reasons for wanting to join RC: There must be some genuine reasons why you have applied for a training contract at RC. Use the interview as an opportunity to highlight these and to show your enthusiasm.
4. Use it as an opportunity to learn more about RC: If there is anything you would like to find out about the training contract, or life in general at the firm that you haven’t been able to find out elsewhere, don’t be afraid to ask about this (I’m sure there will be time for you to ask questions at the end). Perhaps there is a slightly niche area of law that you enjoy and you want to know if trainees can get involved with it etc. Thoughtful questions can demonstrate curiosity and enthusiasm.
5. Use the interview as a learning experience: Invariably, the majority of the interviewees will not get the training contract. This is not the end of the world. There are bound to be elements that could have gone a little bit better but take that forward into future interviews. This sounds easy to say from the comfort of having secured a training contract but I, like the majority of other trainees, had my share of failed interviews before succeeding.
And finally...good luck!