Law firm Eversheds has introduced online verbal and numerical reasoning tests to help sift the 4,000 candidates who apply each year for a training contract.
The online tests, designed by assessment firm PSL, have been integrated into Eversheds’ online application process. All candidates are e-mailed the tests automatically after they submit their online application form.
Nathalie Brayne, graduate development manager at the law firm, said: “Not everyone gets brilliant academic results. The problem we had was that if people – for whatever reason – hadn’t done so well academically, it was hard for them to be able to demonstrate their capability at the early stages of the recruitment process.”
The successful candidates, who join the firm as trainee solicitors, take part in a two-year training contract in which they work in four different practice groups. They also undertake a professional skills course, covering issues such as finance and business skills, advocacy, client care and professional standards.
Eversheds believes the introduction of the tests will bring a number of business benefits to the firm.
“From recruitment through to being a newly qualified solicitor, each trainee costs us approximately £125,000 when you include all the training and fees,” said Brayne. “The introduction of the tests allows us to hire the right people and therefore avoid costly mistakes.”
In addition to the cost savings, the firm anticipates further efficiency gains in reduced administration.