Year 3, week 31: winner takes it all

According to one of the current crop of pupils, the strangest question she was asked at interview at one chambers last year was: “What’s your favourite Abba song?”
Apparently she replied: “‘Take A Chance On Me’, followed closely by ‘Money, Money, Money’”.
When they later offered her a pupillage she sent a note of reply stating: “Thank you for your offer which I am delighted to reject on the basis both of your poor choice of questions and your even worse taste in music.” She then added at the end: “P.S. I forgot to mention: ‘The Winner Takes It All.’”

If anyone else has had such an experience of ludicrous questions, do please leave them below as a comment (without of course naming the chambers involved).

May 1, 2009 · Tim Kevan · 9 Comments
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9 Responses

  1. Phil - May 1, 2009

    At an Open Day a few weeks ago we were told of one interviewee who was asked the question:
    “Do you think Dracula would make a good barrister?”

  2. Kate Barclay - May 2, 2009

    Surely ‘I have a dream’.
    Or if the interview is going badly, ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’

  3. Lawminx - May 4, 2009

    If you were a CAKE, what sort of CAKE would you be, and WHY?-
    (this was evidently a question posed by a pupillage committee spending FAR too much time on FaceBook…..)

  4. Ses - May 5, 2009

    I was once asked “You are sitting in a glass box in the middle of the office, what are your colleagues saying about you” to which I replied that they were probably saying “Why is she sitting in a glass box?” – I got the job

  5. Academic Barrister - May 5, 2009

    A long time ago, when I was a student, there was a certain London firm of solicitors which in interviews for articles (as they then were) would keep as a final interview question ‘we think it’s very important for people who work here to have a sense of humour… so we’d like you to tell us a joke’. A contemporary of mine was subjected to this and used to claim that the only joke which came to him on the spur of the moment (and which he duly told) was one which by 2009 standards would be considered appallingly politically incorrect – to the point where I’m not even going to repeat it. He was offered articles.

  6. fuff - May 7, 2009

    ‘If you could meet anyone from history who would it be?’ Closely follwed by ‘If you could be any fictional literary character who would you be?’. I plumped for Paddington Bear. If they will ask silly questions…

  7. Charwallah - May 11, 2009

    Genuine silly questions:
    What supermarket product would you be and why should I buy you? The brilliant off the cuff of my non-lawyer flatmate was probably the one that would have got me the pupillage: A condom because you’ll have great fun with me but always be safe!
    Other worthy efforts from friends included Marmite, because you either love or hate me and Tomato Ketchup; because I go with everything.

  8. BVC student - June 17, 2009

    ‘What is your favourite film?’ When I gave them a list of films, including ‘Love Actually’, the all- male panel said ‘don’t you like anything more manly, like “Die Hard”?’. I said ‘no’. Needless to say, didn’t get the pupillage.
    I’ve also been asked the ‘who in history would you like to meet & why?’ question.

  9. brent - July 17, 2009

    The question posted by BVC Student could be employment discrimination in the U.S.