Application and interview Tips

Application tips

We’re looking to collect as much information up front, so your application is one of the keys to being selected for a Summer Clerk or Graduate position. It is important that you represent yourself well and let us know how your skills are relevant to Lane Neave.

  • We only accept a one-page cover letter so make sure you’re succinct. You should prioritise the content so the most important information is near the top of the page.
  • It pays to be yourself. Whilst your academic capability is important, and you need to include your transcript, we’re keen to get know more about the wider set of skills you can offer Lane Neave, such as communication, collaboration and natural leadership.
  • There’s no point spending time on complicated formatting. Your covering letter and CV need to be simple and easy to read.
  • Don’t feel like you have to provide a photograph. On that subject, it’s not a bad idea to quickly review how you are represented online. Photos of you and your crew at a flat party might not be the impression you’re trying to make.
  • Check all your documents before you upload to the application form. You don’t want to be the person who accidentally uploads an application meant for a different firm.
  • And finally, don’t leave it to the last minute. Preparing your application early will give you the best chance of success.

Interview Tips

You’re through the application process and now it’s time to hammer home your skills and talents. Like your application, you want to be prepared, be yourself and make a good impression.

  • Do a bit of research about Lane Neave. You’ll find useful nuggets of information about our values, areas of practice and the people on our website.
  • Be prepared to market your skills and experiences as far as they relate to the job. This may include roles and experiences outside of work or university.
  • Spend a bit of time practicing responses to some of the more common interview questions asked. It’s not a bad idea to prepare two or three questions to ask the interviewer.
  • The rest is common knowledge. Dress professionally, arrive 5-10 minutes early and kick things off with a friendly handshake.
  • During the interview try to be relaxed and not oversell yourself. Honesty is always the best policy.