The recruitment process and applying

The application process for our September 2024 training contract programme is now Closed.

Thank you to everyone that has submitted an application, we appreciate the time and care that has been taken.

We are looking forward to reviewing these, and will notify you of any updates as soon as we can.

 

Throughout our recruitment process, we measure four competencies. We believe that these encompass the skills and attributes that our colleagues need to in order to be successful in our business:

CollaborationCollaboration

Client FocusClient Focus

Creating ValueCreating Value

AdaptabilityAdaptability

As part of our Early Talent recruitment, we typically measure the potential to develop these skills. The definitions and indicators that are related to each of these competencies help us to recognise and measure (as best we can) an individual’s potential to develop – we don’t just collect evidence of a certain behaviour in the past.

Our Early Talent recruitment competency framework is the starting point of the behaviours and actions that will be valued, recognised and rewarded at the firm – and these behaviours will underpin your career development at WBD.

Our recruitment process is designed to put you through your paces, but it’s also about sharing our unique culture with you, so you get a real sense of the firm you might be joining. Take a look below for details on how to apply and what you can expect as you progress through the process. You can also download a visual timeline of the recruitment process here.

1. Application form

In the application form, we assess your analytical thinking, communication / influencing skills a talent for building strong, lasting relationships, the ability to adapt and innovate, plus understanding if you have plenty of drive and motivation for the law and our business.

Our graduate recruitment team read all application forms from cover to cover and we will never rule out an application form based on academic results.

2. Pymetrics

Once you’ve completed the form, you will be asked to complete Pymetrics, our gamified assessment tool. Each game takes about 2-3 minutes and the whole process takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Pymetrics isn’t a test – there are no right or wrong answers, and you can’t fail. When you play the games, your emotional and behavioural attributes are measured across several categories that are based on neuroscience research. When you’re finished, your results are shared with you in a personalised report, giving you a better understanding of what makes you unique. Click here for a Pymetrics candidate experience overview video. 

3. Video Interview

As part of the next stage, you will be invited to complete a pre-recorded video interview.
You will be asked around 3 questions and you will have 2 attempts at recording each answer, with some time before each answer to prepare what you want to say. You’ll also have the chance to complete a practice question before starting so that you can understand how the technology and format of the interview works.

This is an opportunity for the graduate team to get to know you a little more so be yourself, try not to overthink it too much and let your personality shine through.

4. Virtual assessment day

If you’ve been successful in the video interview stage, you’ll be invited to attend a virtual assessment day. This will involve a group and individual exercise, as well as giving you the opportunity to meet people from around our business.

Remember, it’s a two way process – by the end of the virtual assessment day, you’ll be able to decide whether WBD is right for you – and we’ll have a better understanding of who you are.

5. Work placement week 
(includes strength based interview)

Our placement weeks form part of our recruitment process. We would encourage you to apply for the work placement, as it’ll give you a great insight into our business and the responsibility and quality of work given to our trainees.

The placement week will also involve a group activity and a strengths based interview, with two of the WBD team. Again, this is a chance for you to find out more about our business, get a feel for what it would be like to work in our team, and understand if it’s the right place for you.


We encourage you to apply for the work placements, as they will give you an opportunity to get to know our business and see first-hand the responsibility and quality of work given to our trainee solicitors.

Please note you must have a degree or be working towards a degree, or equivalent, to be considered for both the placement and training contract.

Because we believe that diversity, social mobility and fairness are vital in the way we – and all law firms – recruit trainees, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP have signed up to the “Association of Graduate Recruiters” Voluntary Code to Good Practice in the Recruitment of Trainee Solicitors. You can read more about what this means for us as a recruiter and for you as a potential recruit here.

WBD has signed the Sustainable Recruitment Alliance pledge – their purpose is to get organisations to take a more eco-friendly approach to early talent recruitment. As part of this, we will be identifying opportunities to cut waste and make carbon savings and take real and measurable action to ensure the sustainability of anything we do in the early talent space.

Meet our team

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Simon Hughes
Graduate Recruitment Partner and Training Principal
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Sam Lee
Head of Recruitment
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Helen Marr
Early Talent Development Manager
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Keith Mitchelhill
Early Talent Recruitment Advisor