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Success starts with you

Throughout our recruitment stages, we want to see the best of you. That said, it can sometimes be a nerve-wracking process. From CV to hire – the advice on this page will help you prepare for the process and make the most of your application.

CV building

Creating a CV can be challenging for some people. But as an experienced hire, it must show the very best of you – and in an attractive format for hiring managers and recruitment teams. Here are some tips on how to build a great CV.

Be contactable

This might sound basic but ensure all your contact details are easy to see at or near the top of the CV. Always provide more than one method of contact, such as a phone number and an email address. Creating a clickable link to your LinkedIn profile here is helpful, too. If you have a preferred method of contact, you can highlight it here.

Create an eye-catching summary

A sharp summary at the top of your CV can set you apart from other candidates. It needs to be short but impactful, so spend time making it succinct – ideally five or six lines long. In it, tell us about your best skills and career milestones. If you can, include a sentence tailored to the firm or role you’re applying for.

Your employment history

This bit is essential, too. List your employment history in reverse chronological order (most recent first). Ensure the employers' names, job titles and period you worked is clear. Sometimes, giving a sentence to contextualise what your previous firm or company did can be helpful.

Your duties and achievements

Under each employer, include key projects or cases you worked on. If possible, explain the areas of work, for example, insurance or aviation. Again, be succinct. Often, the value of cases you worked on gives excellent context. Most importantly, make sure each element is easy to read and includes the most essential top-level detail.

Your qualifications

Similarly to your employment history, your educational qualifications should be laid out in reverse chronological order. Keep these separate from other post-education qualifications, such as courses you’ve attended – these can be listed as other achievements or awards.

Download example CVs

Often, we need some inspiration. We’ve selected several CV’s that have stood out to us in the past to help you see what good looks like.

Interview preparation

There is nothing worse than feeling unprepared for an interview. Here, we follow a competency-based interview format. This way, we’re creating open discussion about your strengths, experiences and weaknesses.

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Reading non-verbal cues

What you say is important, but how you appear is equally (if not more so) essential. Your body language can give a lot away – if it doesn’t match what you say, you may seem inauthentic. Try to stay in a neutral posture. Avoid fidgeting. Importantly, give each interviewer reassurance with balanced eye contact.

Tailor your responses

Ensure your examples are relevant to the job description and the business requirements. This is where your research comes in handy. This way, your responses won’t be generic – they’ll add value to your application.

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Common interview questions

There is a familiar format that competency-based interviews take. They are designed to be an open conversation that allows you to take the lead and tell us about your experiences. There may be follow-up questions that interviews might ask to seek clarification, but overall, it’s about you. Here are a few questions you might expect and how to understand what they’re asking (of course, that’s not to say these will be asked on the day).

Describe a challenging situation at work and how you handled it. What actions did you take, and what was the outcome?

Resilience is a big part of working at a law firm. There will be many challenging situations to deal with. This question looks at how you handle difficult situations inwardly and how you might go about helping others.

Can you provide an example of a project or task where you had to use your problem-solving skills? What approach did you take, and what were the results?

Here, the interviewer is likely looking for your approach to analysing a situation and resolving a problem. It is often not just about the task at hand but also how your actions affected other things and if this was considered.

Give me an instance where you had to meet a tight deadline. How did you prioritise tasks and ensure the work was completed on time?

The interviewer, in this case, is asking about working under pressure. We all have deadlines and sometimes have to prioritise things, which means communicating with others and agreeing on alternative approaches.

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Diversity & inclusion at Clyde

Celebrating difference is one of our core values. To us, sustaining a more inclusive and diverse workplace is essential to our operation. It’s not just about the numbers – it’s part of our holistic commitment, starting with recruitment.  

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Our referral scheme

The diversity of our people is important. And our referral scheme is a great way to ensure we continue to attract incredible unique minds, like you. Successful candidates who are referred to us forge rewarding careers here. So, be sure to get in touch with one of our current employees if you know them. It will help with your preparation and, if you join us, your referrer is eligible for a bonus.

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