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The talent show

You will already be aware that I have been overwhelmed by the trainee solicitor recruitment process for the past few weeks.

29 August 2014

From shortlisting application forms to first round interviews, the pool has been reduced from over 800 to 40 and now to only 15. The process hasn't been easy and it certainly hasn't been quick.

As we move into the final stages and on to making offers, the pressure on interviewers grows as it does on the candidates themselves. There is a responsibility to the firm and its partners as well as to the colleagues these potential employees will work alongside. There is a desire to keep all interviewing impartial, free from bias - conscious or otherwise - and passion. To this end, the 'blind' selection process can take you so far, but sooner or later you have to meet the candidate.

To give all applicants an equal opportunity to shine, carefully thought through challenges and questions to test each competency required of the modern day trainee have been devised. These are intended to allow us to make a fair assessment of skill and performance.

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