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London recruiters’ tips for every stage of the application process

October 2023: What exactly are our London Graduate Resourcing team looking for in an application or video interview? How can you show an international mindset? And what are the pitfalls and mistakes to avoid? Read this before you submit your application.

Do your research
"Take time to get a good understanding of what a trainee actually does. There are plenty of opportunities to learn about working at a commercial law firm, starting with our virtual learning programme. Explore Inside White & Case and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn."

Tell us about yourself
"We want to hear about everything that has led you to apply to White & Case, whether that's juggling multiple tasks in a busy customer service job or your interest in international business.

Be accurate and pay attention to detail
Check your written application for grammar and spelling—we do read every application form very carefully. We also check academic transcripts, so make sure that you record your academic achievements accurately.

Get ready for your video and in-person interview
You can do the practice questions as many times as you like before recording your final answers in the video interview. Make sure that you are familiar with your own application before your face-to-face interview and anticipate the questions that we will ask you.

Show us that you have the right mindset
Be prepared to explain why you are interested in White & Case specifically. A global mindset is essential as a trainee, given the international nature of our work. There are many ways to illustrate this during the recruitment process, not just your personal experiences of travelling or working abroad. For example, following international deals in the news demonstrates an interest in global affairs.

Don't second-guess what we're looking for
We use blind recruitment and Rare's contextual recruitment system to ensure our processes are as inclusive as possible. There's no such thing as a typical White & Case trainee.

Find out more about writing a great covering letter here and how to make your application stand out here. You can discover how to prepare for your video interview here and how to demonstrate your interest in commercial law here.