Training Contracts (Trainee Associates) – 2 positions

Training Contract
Posted 1 year ago

We are looking for two high quality candidates to train with us with a view to join the S&A team for our paid Training Contracts.

We like people with:

  • a sharp intellect;
  • independent thought and curiosity;
  • commercial awareness;
  • energy spark and commitment;
  • the ability to relate to others;
  • common sense and judgement;
  • integrity;
  • a range of interests outside of the law;
  • an interesting take on things;
  • resolve and resilience;
  • a good sense of humour; and
  • a willingness to take on responsibility

Please refer to the instructions below for the Verbal Reasoning Test and Competency Based Questions portions of the questionnaire below.

For the competency based interview questions please research the STAR method and utilize it to answer the questions.


Instructions for Verbal Reasoning Tests

The verbal reasoning tests (at section 3 below) takes the form of written passages followed by a series of questions with possible True, False or Cannot Say responses.

Please only rely on statements made in the passage and please do not draw inferences based on your general knowledge on the matters stated. It is important you know and appreciate the meaning of each response if you are to score high. The meanings are as follows:

True – The statement follows logically given the information contained within the passage.
False – The statement cannot logically follow given the information contained within the passage.
Cannot Say – It is not possible to determine given the information contained within the passage alone; i.e. more information would be required to say for certain.

Verbal Reasoning Tests 1

Instituted in 1979 as a temporary measure to limit population growth, China’s one child policy remains in force from 1979 until August 2021. China’s population control policy had attracted criticism because of the manner in which it was enforced, and also because of its social repercussions. Supporters of the Chinese government’s previous policy consider it a necessary measure to curb extreme overpopulation, which had resulted in a reduction of an estimated 300 million people in its first twenty years. Not only was a reduced population environmentally beneficial, it also increased China’s per capita gross domestic product. The one-child policy had led to a disparate ratio of males to females – with abortion, abandonment and infanticide of female infants resulting from a cultural preference for sons. Furthermore, draconian measures such as forced sterilization were strongly opposed by critics as a violation of human reproductive rights. The one-child policy was enforced strictly in urban areas, whereas in provincial regions fines were imposed on families with more than one child. There were also exceptions to the rules – for example, ethnic minorities. A rule also allowed couples without siblings to have two children – a provision which applied to millions of sibling-free adults of child-bearing age.

Verbal Reasoning Tests 2

There are 562 federally recognized American Indian tribes, with a total of 1.7 million members. Additionally, there are hundreds of groups seeking federal recognition – or sovereignty – though less than ten percent will successfully achieve this status. Federally recognised tribes have the right to self-government, and are also eligible for federal assistance programmes. Exempt from state and local jurisdiction, tribes may enforce their own laws, request tax breaks and control regulatory activities. There are however limitations to their sovereignty including, amongst others, the ability to make war and create currency. Historically, tribes were granted federal recognition through treaties or by executive order. Since 1978 however, this has been replaced by a lengthy and stringent regulatory process which requires tribes applying for federal recognition to fulfil seven criteria, such as anthropological and historical evidence. One of the complications regarding federal recognition is the legal definition of “Indian”. Previously, racial criteria, tribal records and personal affidavits were used to classify American Indians. Since the 1970s, however, there has been a shift to the use of a political definition – requiring membership in a federally recognized tribe in order to qualify for benefits, such as loans and educational grants. This definition, however, excludes many individuals of Native American heritage who are not tribal members.


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Verbal Reasoning Test 1

Verbal Reasoning Test 2

General Competency Questions