Updating Results

Herbert Smith Freehills

4.4
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Application Process & Interviews at Herbert Smith Freehills

8.8
8.8 rating for Recruitment, based on 18 reviews
Please describe the interview process and assessments.
One interview with a partner only (no HR in the interview). There was a cocktail night to network before the interview. Because I lived interstate I could not attend, but I don't think this impacted on my chances of success. No assessment centres or online assessments.
Graduate, Melbourne
The clerkship process is grim at best, however my experience interviewing at HSF was by far the best during the clerkship recruitment process. One interview, one on one with a partner, very relaxed. No formal assessment apart from a personality assessment which was completed prior to the in person interviews.
Intern, Melbourne
The interview process was rigorous and demanding.
Graduate, Melbourne
Online application (cover letter, CV, extended response questions), occupational personality questionnaire, cocktail evening, interview, coffee with a graduate lawyer. No assessment centre or equivalent.
Intern, Melbourne
Very smooth compared to other top tier firms.
Graduate, Melbourne
Conversational interview with a partner who didn't seem like they were 'testing' me. No standardised testing, just a values survey which is a welcome change.
Intern, Melbourne
A written application was required in the form of a CV, cover letter and answers to short answer questions. Following this, there was an interview with a Partner.
Graduate, Melbourne
Standard clerkship process, online application with questions, standard online testing, partner interview and cocktail evening.
Graduate, Melbourne
The process followed similar processes to other firms. However, you could tell the firm was trying to be as stress-free as possible and gave a clear structure on how the process would work.
Intern, Melbourne
Very structured, well organised. I applied initially for a clerkship which involved an online application, aptitude tests, cocktail evening and partner interview. All necessary steps which helped me get a sense of the firm and vice versa.
Graduate, Melbourne
Standard for the legal industry, answered various questions about interests in the firm and law.
Graduate, Melbourne
Clerkship process aligned with other NSW law firms. Two interviews with one partner, attend cocktail nights.
Graduate, Sydney
What questions were you asked in your interviews?
My interview was a very informal conversation with a partner. The partner gave me her life story and explained her practice. We talked through my resume, picking out things of note to expand on (mainly co-curricular things or work experience). I enjoyed the interview.
Graduate, Melbourne
The Partner genuinely wanted to learn more about me and my experience. I was asked Questions about my work and volunteer experience, why I want to work at HSF and what I like to do in my spare time.
Intern, Melbourne
Behavioural questions and more general conversational questions.
Graduate, Melbourne
Why Commercial Law? Why HSF?
Intern, Melbourne
How do you deal with mistakes?
Graduate, Melbourne
Standard range of questions about skills, prior experience, desire to work in the area and behavioural questions.
Intern, Melbourne
About studies, present and past work in the law, outside- of -work interests.
Intern, Melbourne
Why I would like to work at the company, which areas of law am I interested in etc.
Graduate, Melbourne
About myself, my work experience and what I was looking for at HSF.
Intern, Melbourne
This was a while ago. I remember being asked thoughtful questions which really showed that the partner interviewing me had thoroughly reviewed my application/CV/cover letter. Questions to get to know me and my motivations.
Graduate, Melbourne
About my life experience, previous job experience - it was a very relaxed conversation.
Graduate, Melbourne
Describe your experiences, largely asking you to talk through your CV. Some mandated behavioural questions by HR, but these were de-emphasised.
Graduate, Sydney
Do you have any specific tips and advice for candidates applying to your company? How would you recommend they best prepare?
Do some research on the partner you are interviewing with. But then just have confidence in yourself. HSF seems to hire people who are quiet achievers and focus on finding people who can fit into the down-to-earth culture here.
Graduate, Melbourne
Take the time to learn about HSF before applying. There is plenty of information on the firms website and on LinkedIn etc. Show a genuine interest in the firm and know the firms points of distinction. There are many that make HSF stand out from other firms.
Intern, Melbourne
Be authentic and relaxed.
Graduate, Melbourne
Balance good grades with extracurricular activities
Intern, Melbourne
Speak to people who work at the firm. Be yourself.
Graduate, Melbourne
Get involved in university co-curricular opportunities and seek as much work experience as you can before applying.
Intern, Melbourne
Be well rounded. Excel at your studies but don't forget to have hobbies- sports, music etc. It seems like leadership roles are also well looked upon.
Intern, Melbourne
Understand the area you want to work in, understand clients and competitors, recent transactions.
Graduate, Sydney
Know what you are looking for in a firm and make sure you ask this from a range of people. This will show whether there are areas that interest you within the firm and to specifically show that you are interested in these areas.
Intern, Melbourne
Be very clear why you want the role at HSF specifically.
Graduate, Melbourne
Ensure you know how to talk through your CV, and in particular not in a descriptive manner, but rather to accentuate what you have learned from those experiences. Be prepared for a casual conversation and not one that is rigidly structured.
Graduate, Sydney