What is online testing?
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The assessment process for vacation schemes and training contracts for virtually all leading UK corporate law firms. In all cases, the emphasis of recruitment is very much on looking at your motivation to become a first-class lawyer and evidence of the key competencies specific to your chosen firm. Non-law students are considered not to be at any disadvantage during the recruitment process.
However, the ability to reason with information presented in a verbal format is essential to your success as a Trainee. Online testing, such as in the verbal reasoning or situational judgement assessments, is a method used which can assist in measuring aspects of personality and intelligence such as reasoning, problem solving, decision-making, and interpersonal skills of an individual.
More often than not, you will be requested to do a bepoke test designed for that firm. This verbal reasoning assessment is designed to evaluate your ability to understand, analyse, and interpret written information. It is considered that you are at considerable advantage, if you have had high-quality practice in examples of these tests before.
Situational judgement tests, on the other hand, are used to assess your ability to make good judgements in legal workplace situations. During this test ,you will be presented with a situation, and asked to select the response that you think is the most effective in dealing with the situation.
What are the advantages of online testing?
For you, the main advantage of Legal Recruit is that you can complete the test at a time and a place that best suits you. Online tests also means that all tests are marked in a fair and consistent way.
This automated testing procedure enables recruiters to quickly sift through a large number of candidates without having to spend time interviewing all of them. If you score well on your online aptitude test, it is common practice for the employer to then invite you back to take another aptitude test, this time supervised, to verify that score was actually achieved by you.
What type of online assesssment tests will I have to complete?
You should visit the recruitment site of your chosen law firm as soon as possible. The exact requirements vary with each firm.
Legal Recruit allows you to practise the tests being used by employers under very similar conditions, and gets you familiar with the test format. If you know what to expect, your test performance will not be affected as much by anxiety and it is hoped that you will be able to achieve your full potential. Even an increase of a few percentage points could make the difference between job offer and job rejection when the number of applicants is high. Corporate law firms are currently experiencing volumes of applicants in their thousands.
Familiarise yourself with online tests through practice
The style of the online tests used by the vast majority of employers is standardised. This means you can practice ahead of your real test and be confident you will have a good idea of what to expect.