What does Gilbert + Tobin do?
Gilbert + Tobin (G+T) is an Australian law firm, advising clients on their most significant corporate transactions, regulatory matters and disputes.
What advice would you give to students interviewing in this sector?
Educate yourself on the process and requirements early on so you are well prepared ahead of application season. Don’t underestimate the value of attending careers events; it can feel time-consuming and repetitive (especially career fairs), however engaging with firms and building a profile can benefit you in the long run. Don’t take a casual approach or just ‘wing it’ – it will show.
What should graduates be aware of in regards to a career at G+T?
Private practice isn’t a nine-to-five type of career, so it’s not for everyone. At the same time, the work can be incredibly stimulating; our lawyers work on some of the largest cutting-edge transactions in Australia. G+T is a firm that will challenge your thinking and stretch your abilities. For graduates just starting their legal career, it’s an exciting place to work.
What interview formats do you use?
The format will depend on which of our pathways you are pursuing and with which office. For paralegals and seasonal clerks, the face-to-face interview may form just one part of the selection process. We have also used video interviews; ability and personality assessments; and individual and group activities. Our face-to-face interviews tend to be somewhat informal, but still incorporate competency and behavioural-based questions. We find candidates present best when they feel relaxed. It’s our goal to engage candidates in an authentic conversation, rather than one in which they are projecting what it is they think we are looking for.
What attributes and skills are you looking for?
We look for responsive, dynamic people who align with our firm’s culture and values. We’re not a prescriptive firm when it comes to our people; we invite individuality and diversity. We also hold ambition, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit in high regard. Our people are collaborative, dedicated and very passionate – but they enjoy what they do and don’t feel the need to take themselves too seriously. You’ve got to have a sense of humour!
The key skills of people who thrive at G+T include creativity; project management skills; the ability to build positive working relationships within and between different teams; and the ability to exercise a confident and thoughtful approach to solving complex problems. A lot of these skills will develop with experience, so having a natural curiosity and a willingness to ‘roll up your sleeves’ will best position graduates for success.
What training do graduates receive?
G+T’s learning and development offering span technical legal learning, business development, professional development and legal innovation. We have a structured development program tailored for graduates, which is designed to complement their PLT studies and the on-the-job learning that they will undergo in their practice groups. These sessions are facilitated by both external and internal subject matter experts and are intended to give graduates key skills and foundational knowledge to help them transition into practice as a junior lawyer.