Lord Hope and the Single Biggest Mistake Applicants Make When Preparing for Competency Based Interviews

Conscientious, able lawyers preparing for their judicial or silk competency-based interviews typically spend time identifying relevant examples that are additional to those they have included in their self-assessment application. They will often identify examples that they believe will be strong answers to questions they anticipate being asked. At first blush this makes perfect sense and…

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Why Good Lawyers Do Bad Interviews

When judicial and silk applicants perform badly during their ┬áJAC selection days or silk interviews it is not usually because they found the questions difficult. In my experience, having advised and coached over a thousand lawyers and judges over the past 12 years, poor performance invariably comes down to one of the following: A failure…

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A Powerful But Simple Technique for Judicial and Silk Interviews

Whether they are a lawyer being interviewed for silk or the High Court bench, most interviewees invariably speak faster and answer before reflecting sufficiently, during an important interview. This invariably is a consequence of the pressure they experience. This tendency to race ahead has the following negative consequences: Answers are fired off without sufficient thought,…

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