An introduction to Commercial Awareness

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer accurately sums up in one sentence what Commercial Awareness involves – “Understanding the business benefits and commercial realities from both an organisation’s and the customer’s perspective.” (So in other words, a lot of understanding, and a hell of a lot more perspective). However, a commenter on Legal Cheek offered an equally good definition: Commercial … Continue reading An introduction to Commercial Awareness

The best ways to flunk a video interview

Don't make 'eye contact' This sounds stupid, but you need to look at the camera while you speak. It's awkward and uncomfortable and distracting...but you need to do it. That way when the grad. recruiters watch it, it looks as though you are looking at them, rather than the corners of the room. It's also … Continue reading The best ways to flunk a video interview

My pre-interview bathroom pep-talk 

You are good enough. You are likeable. You are funny. You are genuine. You can't make them give you a job, but you can make them like you. Focus on that. Today you are going to talk to Senior Partners. Pretend they are your other-half's family. Speak with courtesy. Respect. Warmth and humour. They will … Continue reading My pre-interview bathroom pep-talk 

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6 steps to make psychometric tests less traumatic 

I’m going to straight-up tell you I suck at numerical reasoning tests. The last time I tried to do one, I spent a week studying (and silently weeping) only to achieve a measly lower-than-average score. So I'm going to focus on the other three: verbal, logical and situational. (And if you happen to find some … Continue reading 6 steps to make psychometric tests less traumatic 

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What is a ‘rolling basis’ and why do I care?

Recruiters probably think this phrase is self-explanatory. But, I can remember a time when I didn’t know what it meant, and I had no idea of its significance. So let’s just run through it because it is really really really important you get it. What does it mean? Imagine two firms, Firm A and Firm … Continue reading What is a ‘rolling basis’ and why do I care?