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Category Archives: Lawyer

Should you interview candidates who don’t match your criteria?

Brexit and government reforms have been hot topics for over two years now. Although nothing’s set in stone, it’s started to dictate the economy, and both the private and public sectors. Impact on the legal market As a legal recruitment consultant, I’ve noticed that despite

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Why it’s so hard to fill 2-4 year PQE* lawyer roles, and how are other businesses finding a solution to the problem?

I’ve been asked this question many times over the past couple of years! This is my answer. The background to the problem When the financial crises struck in 2009 we saw a lack of investment by law firms in training lawyers into commercial/corporate disciplines (including

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‘Moneyball’ and recruitment: the search for undervalued talent

A recent article in Quartz Online: ‘How to recruit for hard to fill positions’, proposed employers should ‘learn from Moneyball and search for undervalued talent’. Whilst the topic of the article is rather US-centric, and not specifically focused on the legal sector, it raises a

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Trust your instincts and question ulterior motives: thoughts on the ‘buyback’

A short while ago I assisted a global business seeking a junior lawyer to develop. The business is impressive, the legal team even more so; with a recruiting Head of Legal who has a genuine passion for facilitating employee development. The package on offer was

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The demand for in-house commercial lawyers: changing conversations, business profiles

As I’ve discussed in recent blogs, we’re currently experiencing a skills shortage of commercial lawyers to move between or into in-house roles. My colleagues and I are in touch with the vast proportion of in-house lawyers across the UK (well over 90%), but that doesn’t

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The 10 exit interview questions you must ask if you’re losing staff

Some law firms undertake exit interviews as a matter of routine, some don’t. For the firms that do, there’s a real focus on what could’ve been done to persuade the employee to stay. Frankly, this is a bit ‘shutting the stable door after the horse

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The fine line between arrogance and confidence during an interview

This feedback comes up often. Just the other week I received comments along these lines from a client, so it got me thinking about the ‘fine line’ (which has the added complication of being very subjective).   First of all, let’s agree on what both

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The ultimate pre-interview checklist: don’t overlook these details

Interviewing is always nerve-racking. Even if you’re incredibly experienced: most people find it genuinely hard to ‘sell’ themselves.  The best way to fight those nerves is all in the preparation; a lot of effort at this stage positions you in the best light possible. But

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Character versus credentials – what’s more important at interview stage?

One thing I’ve noticed – recruiting for top-tier law firms (that dominate in their respective markets) – is the interview process doesn’t differ that much law firm to law firm; more often than not, the difference between securing an offer and being unsuccessful has less to do with your skill-set than

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‘Slip! Slop! Slap!’: a barometer of London’s summer recruitment activity

The UK summer of 2018 has been the fourth hottest on record with temperatures reaching 33 degrees Celsius in the Met Office’s Stephenson Screen; my back garden thermometer nearly exploded with the mercury rising to 40 degrees Celsius in the direct sunshine! ‘Slip! Slop! Slap!’ comes

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I didn’t qualify in September, will there be any jobs for me?

This is a question I get asked a lot. NQ season started in the North East early this year, with September qualifiers securing NQ Solicitor roles as early as February, and the majority of NQ Solicitor positions being filled by June/July.  Throughout NQ season I

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When is and isn’t it OK to cancel a scheduled job interview

Is it OK to cancel a job interview? My gut response is no! The thought of candidates cancelling interviews that they and I have worked hard to secure is frustrating, and for those who’ve watched Sex and the City it reminds me of the episode

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