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Allen & Overy Interview Questions

Updated Feb 15, 2017
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    Trainee Lawyer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Allen & Overy.

    Interview

    A lot of scenario-based questions and the interview is awfully long. For example, tell me about a time when you hold a minority viewpoint in a group. A very thorough interview. The case study was relatively easier for me. The interviewer was very personable and guided through the case. Learned a lot from the case interview.

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    Client Services Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Allen & Overy (New York, NY) in November 2014.

    Interview

    Interviewed by 4 Business Services representatives. Took more than 2 hours. Reps did most of the talking. They were worried about if you were going to call out more so than if the personality fit and if I had the skills needed to perform the required duties. They reiterated that you needed to be available at any point to come in which could range from 7:30 AM - 8 PM which made it a tough fit, I feel, for anyone's schedule. Overall it took a long time to get through everyone and they repeated the same questions over and over again in different ways which made me feel that they didn't talk to one another beforehand or they should've had the interview as a group. They are also very concerned with appearance and require full make-up and to "look the part."

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    Winter Vacation Scheme Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Allen & Overy (London, England (UK)) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Online application followed by assessment centre.
    Got a tour of the building and everyone was really friendly.
    Interview with partners was very much testing commercial awareness. Definitely prepare for this as this is where I fell short. My advice would be to read the FT before arriving in the morning to get yourself in the right mindset.

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    Legal Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Allen & Overy (Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)).

    Interview

    One hour to complete a case study on a relevant piece of corporate law followed by a one hour interview with an associate from the office and a member of the HR team based on your application form and general competency based questions. The case study was quite challenging but the interview stage was quite relaxed and my advice would be to stay calm and appear pleasant and enthusiastic.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Allen & Overy (London, England (UK)) in May 2016.

    Interview

    There were 2 interviews - one HR and one partner case study. The HR interview was quite informal and the questions asked were quite standard. The partner case study was on an acquisition, and this was harder as there is a huge volume of material to look through and little time given to read everything and prepare for a short presentation. During the evaluation, the partner will raise specific issues to focus on and will often point out things missed during the presentation and question you on any recommendations made. My interviewer was receptive to me asking for clarifications and we chatted a little at the end, which was nice.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe one time where you had to overcome a difficult situation.   Answer Question
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    Legal Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Allen & Overy (Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)) in April 2016.

    Interview

    Three stages to the interview. Had to do an hour long test at the beginning which was basic enough, looking at a merger and acquisition. Then there was an interview with two people which wasn't too stressful, just asking questions about myself and my skills, know your application form well. They made me feel quite relaxed and prompted me if I needed. I got called for a second interview with the head of the Legal Professionals which was a bit more challenging and looking for more detail and knowledge.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about yourself.
      Tell me about a time when you showed good time management skills.
      Talk about an interesting point of law you studied and why.
      Tell me about a time you worked as part of a team and what was your role  
      Answer Question
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    Vacation Scheme (Hong Kong Office) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Allen & Overy (London, England (UK)) in February 2016.

    Interview

    It consists of one round only - a case study. It is just about common sense that cannot be prepared at all. You are given half hour to read some materials, which is quite a lot. Then, it will be followed up by a group discussion and presentation. The case is about advising client on a deal.

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    Summer Vacation Scheme Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Allen & Overy (London, England (UK)) in January 2016.

    Interview

    Firstly, I submitted an application form online to apply for the position. The interview itself consisted of one competency interview and one case study interview, of which both lasted an hour. Both interviews were conducted by a Partner at the firm. You are given a 15 minute break between each interview and there is an office tour at the end. I found both of the interviews to be more conversational and was not asked any specific commercial awareness questions.

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    • When have you had to deal with a difficult person? Tell me more about studying xxx subject at university.   Answer Question
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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Allen & Overy (Hong Kong (Hong Kong)) in January 2016.

    Interview

    It's a Case Study Assessment Interview. Normally 6-7 students in a group to discuss issued originated from the case. You have to work as a team to answer all of the questions on the case study and provide possible solutions.

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    Vacation Scheme Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Allen & Overy in January 2016.

    Interview

    1 hour long Technical Interview: had 30 minutes to read case study and answer questions on it with a partner, who provided feedback and was very nice, helped me through parts I was not sure of.
    1 hour long Competency Interview: the usual questions (teamwork etc) very nice interviewer, made me feel at ease

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