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The hustings

The hustings for the post of deputy vice president of the Law Society reminds Richard Barr of past interview experiences of his own

20 April 2016

They sat in a row before us, looking anxious. All were about to face the job interview to end all interviews before a panel of 75 or more solicitors - and all were applying for the same job.

We have all been there. It is a long time since being a solicitor was a job for life. There is more mobility within the legal profession than there ever has been before. Most job interviews now are a far cry from my first. That was a time when all aspiring members of the solicitors' profession were vetted before they could enter into articles (the predecessor of training contracts).

The acne had scarcely faded from my face when I presented myself uncomfortably in an ill-fitting suit. The panel of three elderly solicitors could easily have passed as characters in a Dickens novel. They gave me wrinkled smiles as they looked down on me with expressions of faint disapproval.

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