Candidate FAQs


Hirer FAQs
Q: Is NQSolicitors.com a Jobs Board?

No. NQSolicitors is an online matching platform that allows Trainee Solicitors and Newly Qualified Solicitors, who are seeking new opportunities, to create an anonymous Profile and to be matched with private practice law firms who are looking to hire for specific vacancies at NQ - 2 PQE.

Hirers will not be able to advertise on the site and, importantly, Candidate CVs will not be available to view online, as they would be on a jobs board.

Q: How does the service work?

Candidates, typically Trainees and NQ Solicitors with up to 18 months’ PQE, are invited to create an anonymous Profile on the site which includes:

  1. details of the Candidate’s academic record and their experience as a Trainee / NQ Solicitor; and
  2. the Candidate’s work Preferences in relation to location, salary, preferred department and the type of law firm that they would like to join.

Once a Candidate’s anonymous Profile has been uploaded onto the site it can be matched with Hirers if:

  1. the vacancy for which the Hirer is recruiting matches the Candidate’s work Preferences; and
  2. the Candidate’s academic record and training experience meets the Hirer’s minimum criteria.

When Candidates are matched with a Hirer’s specific vacancy, the Hirer will be able to review the Candidates’ anonymous Profiles and request the release of CVs of suitable Candidates.

Candidates will receive a CV Request by e-mail, which will include full details of the Hirer and the vacancy, and will be invited to either accept or decline the request for their CV.

Once a Candidate’s CV has been sent to a Hirer, NQSolicitors will act as an intermediary between the two parties and facilitate the hiring process as a recruitment consultant would normally do.

Q: Is there a fee for registering with the site, creating an anonymous Profile and/or being matched with Hirers?

No. NQSolicitors is entirely free for Candidates. In fact, by using our referral scheme Candidates may be entitled to receive £500 should they refer a Candidate to the site who is successfully placed with a Hirer.

Q: When should I use the service?

While you can create a Profile as soon as you have commenced your training contract, Trainees within the last six months of their training contract, and NQ Solicitors who have qualified within the past 18 months are most likely to be matched with Hirers.

If you are a first year Trainee who has already decided that your future lies elsewhere then there is no harm in creating a Profile straightaway.

Q: How long will it take to register with the site and to create a Profile?

The initial registration process should take less than a minute, and the vast majority of Candidates will be able to create a full Profile within 10 minutes.

Your Profile will be saved automatically as it is being built. Therefore, should you be interrupted in the middle of creating your Profile, you can return to the site at any time and pick up from where you left off.

Q: What will I need to complete my Profile?

You will need to have a copy of your CV in Word or PDF format so that you can upload it to the site, and you will need to be able to remember your academic record and experience as a Trainee. That’s it!

Q: Will my CV be published online?

No. Your CV will NEVER be published online, and will only be released to Hirers for specific vacancies after you have authorised its release.

Q: Who will be able to see my anonymous Profile?

That depends on your Profile and work Preferences. You will only be matched with Hirers that are recruiting for vacancies that match your work Preferences.

Q: Will my current firm be able to see my anonymous Profile?

No. Our algorithm is written in such a way that a Hirer will NEVER be matched with Candidates that are currently working at their firm, either as a Trainee or as an NQ Solicitor.

Q: Will Hirers be able to identify me from my anonymous Profile?

No. Certain data within your Profile will be presented as ‘banded data’ rather than ‘real data’. Your Training Firm will be displayed as ‘Magic Circle’, ‘Top 20 US Firms’ or ‘Top 100 UK Firms’ etc. and your Current Firm (if different from your Training Firm) will be presented in the same way.

Q: I only want to be matched with a select group of law firms. How can I manage this process?

By taking your time when selecting your work Preferences. If you are ostensibly very happy at your current firm, but would like to know if a top ranked US law firm was recruiting for a junior vacancy in their International Arbitration department, for example, then you can set your Preferences accordingly.

Additionally, you can edit your Preferences at any time if you feel that you are receiving too many or too few CV Requests.

Q: How broadly or narrowly should I set my work Preferences?

You can set your work Preferences to be as broad or as narrow as you wish. However, we would strongly encourage you to select work Preferences that are a close reflection of your academic record and training experience.

Q: Can I change my Profile and Preferences once my Profile has been created?

You can edit your Preferences at any time. Indeed, we would encourage you to edit your Preferences so that you optimise your experience when using NQSolicitors.

You can also edit your Profile at any time. For example, if you have just commenced your fourth training seat, then it is important that this is reflected in your Profile as it is an important part of the matching process.

However, you must ensure that every aspect of your Profile is a true and accurate reflection of your CV. NQSolicitors will cross check your Profile against your CV.

Q: How will I know when a Hirer is interested in seeing my CV?

When your Profile has been matched with a Hirer’s search and the Hirer wishes to receive your CV, you will receive an automated e-mail from NQSolicitors.

The automated e-mail will include full details of the Hirer and the specific vacancy that they are looking to fill, and will invite you to either accept or decline the request for your CV.

Q: What happens once my CV has been sent to a Hirer?

Once your CV has been released to a Hirer for a specific vacancy, NQSolicitors will act as a recruitment consultant in the traditional manner. We will contact the Hirer within 72 hours of the release of your CV to chase feedback, and will continue to work with both parties throughout the hiring process.

Q: Can I track the progress of my applications?

Yes. Once you have created your Profile you will have access to a Dashboard, where you can see details of requests for your CV that are outstanding, and where you can track your progress with regard to any Live Vacancies.

The Dashboard area will also allow you to review and edit your Profile and Preferences.

Hirer FAQs

Q: Is NQSolicitors.com a Jobs Board?

No. NQSolicitors is an online matching platform that allows Trainee Solicitors and Newly Qualified Solicitors, who are seeking new opportunities, to create an anonymous Profile and to be matched with private practice law firms (Hirers), who are looking to hire for specific vacancies at NQ - 2 PQE.

Hirers will not be able to advertise on the site and, importantly, Candidate CVs will not be available to view online, as they would be on a jobs board.

Q: How does the service work?

Candidates, typically Trainees and NQ Solicitors with up to 18 months’ PQE, are invited to create an anonymous Profile on the site which includes:

  1. details of the Candidate’s academic record and their experience as a Trainee / NQ Solicitor; and
  2. the Candidate’s work Preferences in relation to location, salary, preferred department and the type of law firm that they would like to join.

Once a Candidate’s anonymous Profile has been uploaded onto the site it can be matched with Hirers if:

  1. the vacancy for which the Hirer is recruiting matches the Candidate’s work Preferences; and
  2. the Candidate’s academic record and training experience meets the Hirer’s minimum criteria.

When Candidates are matched with a Hirer’s specific vacancy, the Hirer will be able to review the Candidates’ anonymous Profiles and request the release of CVs of suitable Candidates.

Candidates will receive a CV Request by e-mail, which will include full details of the Hirer and the vacancy, and will be invited to either accept or decline the request for their CV.

Once a Candidate’s CV has been sent to a Hirer, NQSolicitors will act as an intermediary between the two parties and facilitate the hiring process as a recruitment consultant would normally do.

Q: When should we use the service?

You should use the service when you are looking for suitably-qualified Candidates to fill vacancies at NQ - 2 PQE.

Should you identify a vacancy during the early stages of the NQ allocation process, then you should run a search on NQSolicitors as soon as possible, so as to steal a march on the competition.

Q: How long will it take to register with the site and to run a search?

The initial registration process should take less than a minute, and the vast majority of Hirers will be able to run a search of the database within five minutes.

Should you experience any difficulties when either registering with the site or running a search, our team is on hand to assist you.

Q: Is there a charge for registering with the site and running a search?

No. Registering with the site and running a search is free.

Q: What fee will NQSolicitors charge us if we make a placement using the site?

NQSolicitors will charge a fee equating to 12.5% of the Candidate’s first year salary on a contingency basis. The fee will be invoiced on the Candidate’s start date and payable within 30 days of the invoice date.

Q: Is there a refund/rebate scheme in place in the unlikely event that the placement does not work out?

No.

Q: Will Candidates be charged a fee for registering with the site and creating a Profile?

No. NQSolicitors is entirely free for Candidates.

Q: Can a third party, who does not work for our company, conduct a search of the database on our behalf?

No. Only users who register with the site using an e-mail address that we recognise as belonging to a specific Hirer will be able to run a search on behalf of that Hirer.

Q: Can multiple members of our firm register with the site and run searches?

Yes. There is no limit to the number of users that any one law firm can register as Hirers. Therefore, should different members of your HR team deal with different practice areas we would suggest that you register multiple users. Additionally, Partners or Fee Earners may also like to register as a user and conduct their own searches.

Q: Will we be able to view CVs on the site?

No. While it is compulsory for Candidates to upload their CV while they are building their Profile, their CVs will NEVER be published online. A CV will only be released once a Candidate has authorised its release to you for a specific vacancy to which they have been matched.

Q: Will we be matched with Candidates who are currently either training with our firm, or working with the firm post qualification?

No. Our algorithm is written in such a way that you will not be matched with any Candidates that are currently working at your firm, either as a Trainee or as an NQ Solicitor.

Q: Will we be matched with all Candidates that meet our minimum criteria?

No. You will only be matched with Candidates whose academic record and training meet your criteria AND whose work Preferences match the specific vacancy that you are looking to fill.

Q: Will we be able to identify Candidates from their anonymous Profiles?

No. Certain data within the Candidate Profiles will be presented as ‘banded data’ rather than ‘real data’. Their Training Firm will be displayed as ‘Magic Circle’, ‘Top 20 US Firms’ or ‘Top 100 UK Firms’ etc. and their Current Firm (if different from their Training Firm) will be presented in the same way.

Q: How broadly or narrowly should we set our search criteria?

You can set your Candidate Filters to be as broad or as narrow as you wish. However, you should be aware that seemingly minor changes to your Candidate Filters can have a significant effect on the number of matches you experience.

Q: What should we do if we are not matched with any Candidates when conducting a search?

If you are happy that your Candidate Filters are accurate and a good representation of your minimum requirements with regard to the Candidates’ academic records and training, then you should create a Saved Search.

Saved Searches will trawl the database on a daily basis for any new Candidates that are matched with your search and send an e-mail to notify you that you have new matches to view.

Q: What happens when we request a Candidate’s CV?

As soon as you request the release of a Candidate’s CV for a specific vacancy, the Candidate will receive an automated e-mail from NQSolicitors.

The automated e-mail will include full details of the vacancy that you are looking to fill and will invite the Candidate to either accept or decline the CV Request.

Once a Candidate has accepted the request for their CV, NQSolicitors will e-mail the CV to the specific user that ran the search and made the CV Request.

Q: What happens once a CV has been sent to us?

Once a CV has been released to you for a specific vacancy, NQSolicitors will act as a recruitment consultant in the traditional manner. We will contact the user that made the CV Request within 72 hours of the CV’s release to request feedback, and will continue to work with both parties throughout the hiring process.

Q: Can we track the progress of applications via the site?

Yes. Once you have registered as a Hirer with the site you will have access to a Dashboard, where you can see details of CV Requests that remain outstanding and where you can track your progress with regard to any Live Candidates.

The Dashboard area will also allow you to view and edit any live Saved Searches.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 3709 9165 or by e-mail at support@nqsolicitors.com