What are pupillage recruiters looking for?
Applications At the initial stage, recruiters look for a concise, well-written, interesting application that indicates what stage of his or her education an applicant is at and why he or she is interested in that particular set. If sending a CV and covering letter it’s best to keep the covering letter to one page and the CV to no more than two. Typos and grammatical errors are instant turn-offs, as are flattery and name-dropping. Mini-pupillages Mini-pupillages often form part of the selection process (see ‘What are the stages of the selection process?’). You can impress by being punctual, polite to everyone in chambers (including clerks and support staff) and showing an interest in the work you get involved with. It’s fine to ask questions but make sure you do this at an appropriate time – not in the middle of a conference with clients or just before court. Interview basics When interviewing you, or observing you on mini-pupillage, recruiters will be asking themselves whether they can