interview

Too good to be true?

Recently I was involved in the recruitment of an additional consultant to join the interim team here at Chadwick Nott. As the interviews progressed I was shocked and surprised at the feedback and comments that some of the candidates made in relation to other recent interview experiences. Firstly, in one situation, the interviewer had arrived very late, in scruffy attire (certainly not business casual) and they had obviously not conducted any research or preparation prior to the meeting. In another interview, the interviewer had commented that he was surprised that the candidate had turned up for the meeting as they tend to have “at least one person leaving every week”, and don’t really retain experienced staff. Maybe this is why the recruitment industry can often be subject to bad press?! Other feedback from our potential recruits included experiencing a very cold interview style with no rapport building whatsoever, an overly sales approach, think ‘sell me a pen’, and lastly an intensive interrogation with the interviewer making it very clear that they needed to really earn a place at second interview stage. Continue reading…

Document Review

A role with a global law firm with no fee earning target, but offering high quality work? Interested?

Does this sound too good to be true? Well it is certainly a real option to consider, available in many regions and not just confined to London. Many experienced Paralegals and other qualified Lawyers are now forging a career within the fast developing field of document review.

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Working mum

Two kids and seven weeks: the interim solution

Here I am again, school summer holidays looming and seven weeks of childcare to arrange for my two children. Like a military operation I organise clubs, holidays, grandparents and beg the occasional favour from friends. I certainly don’t envy my full time friends, as I am fortunate to benefit from working reduced hours, which certainly helps! Recruitment is very similar to the law, as it is an industry that has up until recently fought against the flexible working model, but finally times are changing. Continue reading…

temporary roles

Life is like a box of chocolates: Locums, Interims and Document Review

This week I was very excited when I received a lovely box of chocolates at work, as a thank you. I had great pleasure in scanning the selection available, heading for anything that was a truffle or praline first and disregarding any strawberry or orange cream. I must admit, I did try a few and even went a bit off-piste and surprised myself. Isn’t that what life is about, knowing what you like and then taking a few calculated risks?! There may be a few surprises along the way, to quote Forrest Gump “you never know what you’re gonna get “, but you can often be pleasantly surprised. Continue reading…

The Locum Lawyer: No Looking Back

Time and time again as you sift through vacancies advertised by agencies and read their promotional literature you are enticed to work in a new location, a new discipline, or even in a new way – on a temporary basis. But is this really what you want? From my experience of placing locum candidates it is seen to be something of a ‘gap filler’, a result of redundancy, or a change in a personal situation that prompts this decision. Whilst this may have been the case historically, over the last few years we have finally seen the legal market start to evolve and the subsequent emergence of professional locum lawyers. Continue reading…