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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Interview Questions

Interviews at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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  1. Helpful (2)  

    Paralegal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (New York, NY) in February 2013.

    Interview

    Applied through my university's career website. Made it through three rounds of interviews, was not called back for a fourth.

    The HR staff was unprofessional towards me throughout all three rounds. They managed scheduling very poorly and were unclear about their intentions. It took me 4 weeks before I heard back from any HR person regarding the status of my application after I took the standard 2 week protocol before calling and emailing my HR contact.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you know about being a paralegal?

      Why Freshfields?   Answer Question

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (New York, NY) in January 2014.

    Interview

    There were multiple rounds with partners and associates. Most of the interviews were 1:1 but there was at least one round with two partners present.

    The interviews were about 20-30 minutes in length. As expected, partner/counsel interviews were a bit longer and more substantive. Associate interviews tended towards culture and fit assessment. Well-rounded process. At the time of my interview, there was equal emphasis on culture and fit, in addition to legal/technical ability. The firm was more aligned with the positive aspects of the UK/EU culture. My sense is that this has changed recently. Partners with a longer history with firm and/or experience in other offices have a greater appreciation for culture than many of the newer associates or lateral partners.

    Interview Questions

    • How would a friend describe your best and worst three qualities?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation for associates; likely different for counsel and partner hires. Flexible and friendly when discussing start dates. Overall positive and transparent process.

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    Entry Level Paralegal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (New York, NY) in June 2014.

    Interview

    I was told that there were three rounds. I only went to the first one. I met with three different people, none of them were attorneys. I thought it went really well but I did not get called back for a second round.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you describe a difficult situation and how you overcame it?   Answer Question

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in November 2011.

    Interview

    I responded to an ad on the internet the client responded within 2 minutes of me posting. We spoke for about 15 minutes about my experience. Two days later the client call me to tell me that they wanted to use my services relating to a legal litigation presentation in Power Point. I worked for 5 days over 14 hours a day til finish. Client was extremely happywith my performance and was recommended to other clients within Freshfields

    Negotiation

    $40/hr


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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

    Interview

    There were two rounds of in-person interviews: first with the staff, then with the relevant partners. The process was relatively straight-forward, and the questions received were both fair and largely predictable.

    Interview Questions

    • Why have you chosen Freshfields over other top-tier firms?   Answer Question

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    Paralegal Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Manchester, England (UK)) in December 2018.

    Interview

    I went to the interview center for an assessment day followed by a one on one interview. The day was well balanced between written and oral assessments. The test was a contract analysis, answering various questions on a contract. The interview consisted of various aptitude questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a time when you overcame a difficult situation   Answer Question

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    Paralegal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Manchester, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Manchester, England (UK)) in August 2018.

    Interview

    I began the online application but had not completed it before I was contacted to send over my CV. An interview was then arranged via email for the following week. The interview consisted of two tests (contract and written based) followed by competency/ CV questions. Unfortunately I was interviewed by someone other than expected and was not contacted after the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Give an example where you dealt with a difficult person in the workplace.   Answer Question
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    Paralegal Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Manchester City Centre, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Manchester City Centre, England (UK)) in August 2017.

    Interview

    Interview consisted of a standard face to face interview following the submission of a CV and covering letter online. The interview took place in Manchester and was formal but also fairly relaxed.

    Interview Questions


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    Associate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Two interviews: one with senior associates, one with partners. No competency questions. Personal questions such as why Freshfields, why this department. A lot of technical questions.

    Interview Questions


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    Associate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (London, England (UK)) in January 2015.

    Interview

    First round with two partners consisted of relevant work experience and technical questions. Second round was a merger control case study (90 minutes to prepare and write notes) followed by questions from two partners on the case study (additional 30 minutes). Final round was with partners and associates to give a deeper glimpse into firm culture, etc.

    Interview Questions

    • What type of evidence would you provide to regulators to show that the market is broader...   Answer Question

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