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Our recruitment process

At RPC we take recruitment seriously. We've designed our procedures to be simple, transparent and easy to engage with, so that ultimately we can all make the right decision.

If you are invited to attend an interview, you will usually meet two partners or some managers from your preferred practice area/department. You may also meet a member of the HR team at this stage. Only in this way can we and you judge whether there is a meeting of minds. If so we may proceed to a second interview and, in some cases, suggest that you meet your potential colleagues. After all, changing jobs is a big decision and we want you to be sure.

An important part of our recruitment process for lawyers includes the use of a psychometric test. Psychometric tests are timed exercises that look at your ability and potential. It adds to our understanding, but is not the sole basis of a decision as to whether you would be successful or not. The main assessment tool we use currently is a critical thinking test. We'll always let you know in advance what to expect from the process, and we'll provide you with feedback at every stage whether you're successful or not.

If we make you an offer and you accept, we will provide a supportive service via our HR team who will be on hand to discuss any matters which may arise, be it a convenient start date or transferring a pension scheme.

On joining, as well as introducing you to your new colleagues, you will attend a comprehensive induction course which deals with many of the questions which will arise during your first few weeks. Induction also includes IT training so everyone is familiar with our software systems.

Confidentiality

We know that confidentiality is of the utmost importance when you're looking for another job. We will treat your application in the strictest of confidence and all documentation will be handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

References

Naturally, we have a responsibility to manage risk on our own and our clients' behalf. Therefore we'll ask you to make a declaration as part of the application process and will take up employment references at the post offer stage.