Legal Recruitment from Ten-Percent Legal

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Legal Job Market Report March 2012

Just released. Visit http://www.ten-percent.co.uk/legal-job-market-report-march-2012 for details.

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The Perfect Interview

If you could conduct the perfect job interview how would it go? Here is our suggestion. If you have any others, let us know via www.legalrecruitment.blogspot.com or our facebook account.

1. Set up the interview room with the interviewee's chair in an odd position.
2. Get one of your employees to sit in the waiting room and engage the interviewee in conversation about anything non-work related.
3. When greeting the interviewee, shake their hand for a minimum of 5 seconds.
4. See what they do with the chair.
5. Interview questions as follows:

a. If you were conducting this interview, what would you want to find out about yourself?
b. Tell me about yourself in 30 seconds.
c. Tell me about myself in 30 seconds.
d. If I was to go onto the internet and find out about you, what would I find?
e. If I was to tell you that there is no salary offered for this role and I want you to pay me to work here, what would you say?
f. Tell me a joke.
g. What is 24 x 67?
h. If man had three legs, what added benefits would there be to our lives?
i. As a bank manager, would you ever loan money to a firm who did not have a website or presence?
j. Five people are in a room. How do you determine which one is a leader?
k. Are you a leader or a team player? Do you want my job?
l. If we were to ask your office cleaner about you, what would they say?
m. Have a look at this file. Do you think we have done enough work on it or not enough?
n. How do you streamline a business like ours?

I think this interview would last about 20 minutes and give you sufficient information about a candidate to know whether you would want to employ them or not.

Try it and let us know!

Jonathan Fagan, MD of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment

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Application Forms for Legal Jobs - waste of time?

As well as recruiting solicitors, we also coach solicitors on the careers side. I have recently been working with a number of entrants to the legal profession on their training contract applications to the larger city law firms. It is quite fascinating to see the application forms and the sheer length and complexity of them.
As a recruiter, I am starting to question why the process cannot be shortened somewhat for everyone concerned. I know it will put a few administration assistants out of a job, and ruin a few dinner party conversations amongst senior partners at some of the larger London law firms as to who has the longest form, but what about adopting the following strategy for recruitment at training contract and vacation placement level? Surely this will save time and costs?
1. Get each applicant to go online and fill out a form consisting of:
a. Their name, address, postcode, telephone number and email address.
b. Their A Level grades or equivalent.
c. Their degree class or anticipated class.
d. Nothing else.
2. At the closing date, use automated software to cull anyone who has not got a minimum of a 2.1 and AAA or ABB at A level. We think this happens anyway at most firms.
3. Send (by email) each remaining applicant a list of questions you want them to answer.
4. Give each applicant a ring and interview them for 5 minutes on the basis of these answers.
5. Select from the list of applicants remaining and call these candidates in for interview.
I would hazard a guess that no-one reads the longwinded answers on these forms that students can spend literally days filling out. Why bother? Furthermore, why do the firms need to know most of the information they ask for when the vast majority of applicants will get rejected on academic performance?
It seems a total waste of time and quite demoralising for the armies of applicants currently out there looking to break into the city and spend 2 years working flat out!
Legal recruitment can be speeded up so easily now with the advent of the internet. Its been around a while now, but I think it gets underused in situations like this....
Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. You can comment on this article at www.legalrecruitment.blogspot.com

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Qualify as a Solicitor without a Training Contract

We (Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment) were called today by a student with a very interesting proposition.

In view of the Alternative Business Structures, if your plan is to run your own law firm once qualified, why bother getting a training contract?

I started to reel off the usual stuff about training contracts and becoming a solicitor before thinking this through. She (the student) has a very valid point.

Why bother getting a training contract and going through all the hassle of qualifying as a solicitor if you can set up your own law firm, recruit a solicitor to be a partner (and after all in the current market law firms seem to think that solicitors don't need to be paid a salary anyway!), get them to give you a training contract at some point and qualify whenever you feel like it? Furthermore, you can use the Law Society/SRA exemption for any work that you have done already that is at training contract level?

How much money could be saved?

Professional Indemnity insurance is likely to be around the £400 per month mark, and a solicitor to act as the supervisor for the SRA would probably cost about £600 per month on a retainer, plus about £25-30 per hour of actual work undertaken.

Assuming it takes 2 years to qualify, what would the cost be, similarly assuming that the law firm makes some money in the meantime? I reckon it would probably cost less than about £30,000, which rumour has it is the price that some high street solicitors firms charge desperate graduates to give them a training contract...

If this is the case, and law firms as we know them are soon to be a thing of the past, why does anyone need to do a training contract with a high street law firm?

Discuss....

Jonathan Fagan is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment - Online Legal Recruitment for Solicitors, Legal Executives, Fee Earners, Support Staff, Managers and Paralegals. Visit our Website to search or download our Vacancy Database or view our Candidate Database online.