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Good luck Seaspray Make sure you update this thread and let us know how the interview goes xx
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Did it ever occur to you that he may not feel comfortable in a suit?
Did it ever occur to you he may not feel comfortable in his school uniform? And, anyway, it doesn't matter; buisness attire is a suit- either buy a one you feel comfortable in or shut up. That's simply the way it goes.
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Did it ever occur to you that he may not feel comfortable in a suit?
He's not going to want to become a lawyer then, is he? For virtually anything business-related or involved with professional employment, a suit is going to be required.
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Who in their right mind would wear their school uniform during work experience at a solicitors firm?
Completely agree. Seems like an absolutely ridiculous proposition for someone who is in the first year of college. I have done work experience at two places (one of which was during year 11 - thus in school) and neither of them did I wear my school uniform.

On a sidenote, telling someone they do not 'live in the real world' merely because he has a different opinion on when to dress smart and what to wear in certain situations is bizzare. When did dress sense become a measure of how much one gets out?

Resorting to ridiculous sarcastic comments such as 'I thought Law students had at least some common sense' purely based on Ethereal's observations strikes me as somewhat 'irrelevant' (in your own words).
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Resorting to ridiculous sarcastic comments such as 'I thought Law students had at least some common sense' purely based on Ethereal's observations strikes me as somewhat 'irrelevant' (in your own words).
It doesn't reflect well on his own intelligence and common sense, does it?
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Meh, I was always under the impression Law students could tell the difference betweens something that's relevant and something that's irrelevant.
Look, it's irrelevant what your perceptions are... we're all Law students, you're not.

People gave their advice about what to wear because the OP asked for it. Wearing a suit is always a generally good idea. Interviews are formal and school uniform is just not appropriate if you're trying to give the impression that you'd be a good employee (despite how proud you are of whatever fine institution you attend).

If you're a 11 year old going to see Mummy's solicitor with her after school then you wouldn't bother changing out of your uniform. However, when you're trying to present yourself as mature, responsible and employable; your clothes need to reflect this. If I was the solicitor interviewing a 17 year old work experience candidate who turned up in school uniform, my first impression would be that he's lazy, lacks motivation, is not conscientious and hasn't used his own initiative. Not the best qualities for the aspriring lawyer!
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Firstly, I am a girl :p: and yes I dressed formally and wore a suit. It's what I have to wear to sixth form anyway.

It went okay. I realised afterwards I was poorly prepared. They asked me if I knew much about the firm and I was a little clueless My own fault really - I should have done some research. I should have also thought of some decent questions to have asked at the end. There were two people in the interview, the female seemed optimistic and happy but the man was a little grumpy. At the end he said "we receive so many applications for sixth form work experience that we cannot interview them all so you are lucky to have got this far". That made me think "oh well, I obviously haven't got accepted". LOL.

However, afterwards the lady was telling me that a pack would be in the post within a week explaining what I would be doing on w/exp and with a timetable. I felt she was implying I was accepted but it is so hard to tell. :confused:

Oh well. Either way it was good practice for possible university interviews next year.

Thanks for the good wishes! :tsr2:
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Firstly, I am a girl :p: and yes I dressed formally and wore a suit. It's what I have to wear to sixth form anyway.

It went okay. I realised afterwards I was poorly prepared. They asked me if I knew much about the firm and I was a little clueless My own fault really - I should have done some research. I should have also thought of some decent questions to have asked at the end. There were two people in the interview, the female seemed optimistic and happy but the man was a little grumpy. At the end he said "we receive so many applications for sixth form work experience that we cannot interview them all so you are lucky to have got this far". That made me think "oh well, I obviously haven't got accepted". LOL.

However, afterwards the lady was telling me that a pack would be in the post within a week explaining what I would be doing on w/exp and with a timetable. I felt she was implying I was accepted but it is so hard to tell. :confused:

Oh well. Either way it was good practice for possible university interviews next year.

Thanks for the good wishes! :tsr2:
when are you doing the work experience and for how long?
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I realised afterwards I was poorly prepared. They asked me if I knew much about the firm and I was a little clueless My own fault really - I should have done some research. I should have also thought of some decent questions to have asked at the end
Well done for identifying what you could / should have done better Identifying where you made a mistake and learning from it is a fantastic attitude to have. (recruiters at law firms love self-aware people who want to learn and improve)

I really hope you get this work exp, but if you don't, never mind, apply for some more, and move on You'll be prepared and ready to sail through your next interview.

It's sounds promising anyway by the sounds of what that lady said to you
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It sounds to me as though you've got the work experience - congratulations: those interviews are never easy!

The fact that you didn't know much about the firm or have good questions to ask at the end was probably less crucial than for undergrads going for vac schemes and TCs. It is essential at those interviews that you're able to nail those two aspects. Its pretty ugly when an interviewee for a TC isn't able to explain a little about the firm they'd like to work for.
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LOL esp if they say "erm, you have a netball team"
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Thanks for your replies everyone. Looks like I didn't get the work experience - I haven't heard from them since my interview back at the beginning of April.

I'm personally a little shocked that they couldn't even be bothered to send me a letter saying something like "unfortunately we cannot offer you w/exp" - it's very rude in my opinion.

Oh well. I guess I will need to look elsewhere for work experience.
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Don't get downhearted. You can learn from the experience and your next interview will go better.
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Concentrate on getting you exams done and then go work-experiencing over summer :p: I think that's what I'm going to do!

Bad luck with not getting this one, you're right, you'd think a professional firm would've had the courtesy to send a letter. But don't let it get you down, I'm sure you'll have lots more opportunites, and you now know what do do for your next interview!
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