Below are some examples of questions you may be asked at a pupillage interview. This list is by no means exhaustive; you should expect to be asked questions arising from your CV and experiences. Some interviewers deliberately challenge your responses to interview questions; this is intended to assess how you perform under pressure.
If you are not immediately sure how to answer a question do not panic. Ask for the question to be repeated if you have not fully understood what you are being asked or take a sip of water if you need to buy some time to think.
Give examples of things you have done (at work, at university, in your spare time or in general life management) in your answers and do not rely on the same one or two examples for many questions. When giving an example of an experience you have had, you may find it helpful to follow the STAR approach to structure your answer: situation, task, action, result.
If you are unsuccessful at interview, always ask for feedback so that you can improve for next time. Remember, if you are a member of Inner Temple you can contact the Education & Training Department to apply for a mock interview under the Inn’s Mock Interview Scheme. Please note that you must have already secured a pupillage interview to be eligible for this scheme.