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The Pupillage Interview/Acceptance/Rejection Thread 2016 watch

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    (Original post by LegalLab)
    I got rejections from both starting to seriously reconsider my chances of getting an interview in this round!


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    It's real easy to get disheartened, especially when the process seems to work in arbitrary and strange ways sometimes.
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    Thanks still holding out hope for 5 Stone Buildings although I don't think they will be sending out responses just yet as their website says 'within one month' of the applications. But yes it does seem very arbitrary, it's difficult to know what exactly it is that each set is looking for.

    Good luck with the interviews to all that have got them so far!


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    Just got a call from Erskine inviting me to interview - best of luck everyone!
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    (Original post by Tomfish)
    Just got a call from Erskine inviting me to interview - best of luck everyone!
    Congrats! I'm assuming mine is a rejection.... I doubt it would take too long to call that many people.
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    (Original post by Tomfish)
    Just got a call from Erskine inviting me to interview - best of luck everyone!
    Congrats! Their website says interviews are expected to be next week with candidates to be contacted by the end of this week, so here's hoping....
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    People who've done gateway before: is there a pattern to how interviews come in?

    I mean, do sets generally start early after the deadline, or wait until nearer to August, when they can make offers? Or does it differ enough that there's no real pattern?
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    The only pattern in Gateway applications that I noticed is pretty much the same as now. Constant refresh of e-mail and TSR...

    Sets will respond to applications any time from mid-May (my first rejection of the season in 2015) to July and later, depending on their timetable &c. But no offers (officially) until the BSB sanctioned date


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    Invites to Serle Court 2nd round are going out by telephone this morning.

    But now I need some advice from more experienced heads. The 2nd round interviews are 3rd February. That is the same day as the 10 Old Square 'day in chambers' which is offered to successful candidates from 1st round interview. I have my 1st round interview there this afternoon. What should I do?

    a) Call 10 Old Square now, asking if the 'day in chambers' is absolutely mandatory and, if it is, withdrawing my application there?
    b) Mention it during the interview?
    c) Mention it only if I am successful at 1st round interview?
    d) Try and get Serle Court to give me a different date (though with all of the 2nd round interviews on the same day, I doubt they would be willing to change).
    e) Some other course of action?
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    If it's the same as last year, the Ten Old Square 'day' finishes at about lunchtime. Go for a late afternoon second round with Serle Court if you can. Double check - tactfully - with Ten Old Square when you'll be free. Perhaps after they invite you back!

    Congratulations btw


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    (Original post by Best guppy)
    If it's the same as last year, the Ten Old Square 'day' finishes at about lunchtime. Go for a late afternoon second round with Serle Court if you can. Double check - tactfully - with Ten Old Square when you'll be free. Perhaps after they invite you back!

    Congratulations btw

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    Thanks for the tip - unfortunately Serle gave me a morning interview when they called and I was in too much of a state of elation to think about 10 Old Sq until after the phone call ended. I don't want to attempt to rearrange anything with Serle unless I am absolutely sure of the position with 10 Old Sq (perhaps it is an all-day affair this time).

    I'll tactfully check as you suggest, but perhaps before (potentially) being invited - I wouldn't want to take anyone else's spot if there is no way around the clash. It wouldn't surprise me if there were others in a similar boat given that both are commercial chancery sets. Thanks for the congratulations - certainly didn't expect my first pupillage interview to lead to a second round!
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    2 Dr J first round invites out.

    Personalized, by email.
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    Maitland first round interview invitations have started coming out, personalised and by email
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    (Original post by Tomfish)
    Maitland first round interview invitations have started coming out, personalised and by email
    Are you early in the alphabet by any chance? Has anyone else had an invite offer from Maitland?
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    (Original post by gcafc)
    Are you early in the alphabet by any chance? Has anyone else had an invite offer from Maitland?
    Not really, I'm afraid - surname is in the third quarter of the alphabet - but I haven't heard about anyone else I know getting an interview (and they're next Thursday) so it's possible I was just informed early randomly. Good luck everyone!
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    Ohhhh - good start to the day! Second round invite to 10 Old Sq by personalised email. Don't think anyone else posted that they had a first round but hope to see some of you lurkers there next Wednesday!
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    XXIV Old Buildings rejections coming out.

    Good luck to those going forward to Saturday!


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    (Original post by Best guppy)
    XXIV Old Buildings rejections coming out.

    Good luck to those going forward to Saturday!


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    Yeah same here, although I knew that straight after the interview tbf.

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    Ohhhh - good start to the day! Second round invite to 10 Old Sq by personalised email. Don't think anyone else posted that they had a first round but hope to see some of you lurkers there next Wednesday!
    Wow congrats.

    You'll have to start asking sets to fill out a 'why us?'' form at this rate.
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    (Original post by TimmonaPortella)
    Yeah same here, although I knew that straight after the interview tbf.
    Commiserations re XXIV. Not sure why first rounds have gone so well for me so far - it's clearly my paper applications that need improvement.
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    First rounds at New Square coming out by personalised email - good luck to everyone waiting to hear back!
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    Reeds rejections out by post. Assuming offers are coming out in the same manner.
 
 
 
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