Securing a pupillage is challenging in a fiercely competitive environment with a high number of applicants. Therefore, the goal is to maximise your chances of success throughout the application process. First you must hone your applications to help you survive the rigorous 'paper sift' and gain an invite to interview. Second, you must prepare for the interview(s) to optimise the precious opportunity to secure pupillage.
The Pupillage Interview Techniques programme will help you to review your applications and prepare for pupillage interviews. Mock interviews utilising questions often faced by candidates followed by constructive feedback will help develop your resilience to robust questioning. Exposure to questioning with the addition of astute HR insights will help to hone your interview skills so that you may present yourself with clarity, conviction and confidence.
Through flexible and tailored individual coaching sessions I provide application form guidance and interview skills preparation to suit your needs as a prospective pupil barrister. The sessions are conducted by video calls with phone and email support enabling me to assist prospective pupil barristers across the UK and beyond.
"Melanie provides a first-class service which I would recommend to prospective pupils..."
Prospective Pupil Barrister 2020 - Public Law
“...During our initial consultation, Melanie quickly understood my journey to the Bar and my professional and educational background. She was adept in finding out my strengths and weaknesses.
Before our Skype session (where we went through two of my previous applications) Melanie asked questions via email so that the session ran smoothly. The session was very well structured, and Melanie ensured that time was used effectively. Melanie encouraged me to consider all of the soft skills that I had gained through my experiences. She also conducted thorough research into the chambers that I had applied to and gave me insight into how to tailor my applications to them. I now feel in a strong position to highlight my best experiences and skills, tailor and make my applications stand out.
I have been impressed with Melanie’s service from start to finish; she is insightful, personable and a pleasure to work with."
"I appreciated Melanie's research of the particular chambers which helped me to tailor my answers to ensure the ‘right fit’"
Prospective Pupil Barrister 2020 - Public Commercial Law
“One of the main areas I needed to improve was the structure of how I answered interview questions. Melanie’s advice was incredibly helpful in enabling me to present my points in a coherent and logical fashion. Following our time together I felt well-prepared for any question that might be posed. Given the notoriety for Barrister’s Chambers to present weird and wacky questions and the high degree of knowledge expected of current affairs, this proved both reassuring and educational in how not to be thrown off. I appreciated Melanie's research of the particular chambers which helped me to tailor my answers to ensure the ‘right fit’ which is so important when only one or two places are available."
"Melanie truly equipped me with the tools required to stand out and shine with confidence, humility and eloquence."
Future Pupil Barrister - Tax Law 2021
“From start to finish, Melanie was exceptional, professional and a master of her craft. It became evident from the very outset that Melanie was there to offer a service completely tailored to your needs. I was fortunate enough to have numerous interviews this year and with Melanie’s guidance, preparation, patience and knowledge, I felt confident going into each one. First-rounds became second-rounds, and ultimately I was offered pupillage in perhaps the most difficult year for obtaining one (due to COVID-19). I am absolutely elated. Melanie truly equipped me with the tools required to stand out and shine with confidence, humility and eloquence. I am very much looking forward to my career at the Bar."
"The flexible and individually tailored coaching sessions helped me to mitigate any potential weaknesses..."
Prospective Pupil Barrister - Commercial/IP Law 2021
“My time with Melanie helped me to identify the key aspects of my candidature. Her thorough preparation for each chambers gave me the knowledge and confidence to tailor my answers for every set. The flexible and individually tailored coaching sessions helped me to mitigate any potential weaknesses, enabling me to put my best foot forward and improve upon each interview. With such fine margins between obtaining pupillage or not, I would recommend her services for anyone looking to improve their interview skills."
"Melanie's abilities to spot psychological cues, tone of voice and diction took me to a whole other level of credibility…"
Prospective Pupil Barrister - Intellectual Property Law 2020
“Melanie has been incredibly valuable in preparing me for and supporting me throughout the pupillage application process. My process of working with her led me to real eureka moments. The most remarkable one was where I suddenly found my own voice. I had thought myself a confident speaker, but Melanie's abilities to spot psychological cues, tone of voice and diction took me to a whole other level of credibility in my interviewing style. In giving advice, her experience of advising many other candidates shines through, which is important through the tumultuous journey of pupillage applications. In her style, she is friendly, responsive and flexible in arrangements, and an absolute pleasure to work with. Thank you so, so much!"
"...she knew my academic and professional background inside out and really understood the impact that early rejections had on my confidence."
Future Pupil Barrister - Public Law 2021
“Although Melanie’s professional expertise and background in HR helped me enormously with structuring my answers to application questions, what I found most helpful about her service was the emotional support she provided me with throughout what is an incredibly stressful process. After our first few sessions, she knew my academic and professional background inside out and really understood the impact that early rejections had on my confidence. She combined her excellent and personable customer service with practical advice about tackling the applications and interviews themselves, as well as dealing with the emotional strain of several months working through the Gateway. I really don’t think I would have made it through my second year of applying for pupillage with my spirits still intact without her!"
"...I was provided with a truly comprehensive analysis of my selling points."
Prospective Pupil Barrister - Criminal Law 2020
“My time with Melanie from Go Further Goals was incredible. From the first initial telephone call I felt confident that I'd made a good choice, which was only boosted further with the first session where I was provided with a truly comprehensive analysis of my selling points. We covered a variety of techniques to help me remain composed and put my best foot forward in interview. The mock interviews Melanie put me through really helped me put them into practice, and the interviews themselves covered a broad variety of questions and approaches which left me feeling confident and prepared. I would absolutely recommend the services of Go Further Goals - Melanie to anyone who feels they need help preparing for Pupillage interviews, the service is outstanding value for money."
"Approaching Melanie to train for my interview was the best decision I made! She radiates positivity and builds a rapport effortlessly."
Prospective Pupil Barrister - Family
“Approaching Melanie to train for my interview was the best decision I made! She radiates positivity and builds a rapport effortlessly.
All prospective interviewees – please realize that you have only one shot at a first Interview and first impressions last.
Melanie made the effort to scrutinize not just my Application but also the Chambers in order to devise questions. So thorough was her homework that no question fielded by the panel caught me off guard. Anyone can conduct a mock interview, but the constructive criticism and feedback that Melanie provides is invaluable. She does not stop at instilling confidence but also trains the candidate to ‘project’ confidence.
Her services are client centric and flexible. She readily accepted my request to break down our sessions over three days which allowed me to prepare without any pressure. To all the students who are working part time, the fee for this service is huge bang for the buck.
I thank her for making my First Pupillage Interview such a roaring success and look forward to working with her again!"
"Without her help, I would not have been successful in receiving scholarships..."
“Melanie's assistance has been invaluable. She was able to look at my experiences and highlight exactly what the panel were looking for. Without her help, I would not have been successful in receiving scholarships nor would I have been as successful in making my experiences as attractive as possible. She is always willing to go the extra mile and I cannot recommend her enough!"
"Unsurprisingly, over the course of a month, the content, presentation and structure of my written applications improved drastically. I am very happy with the end product!"
Prospective Pupil Barrister - Public Law
“Melanie helped me with preparing pupillage applications while I was working full-time in a law firm. She quickly impressed me with her wealth of knowledge and experience with the pupillage application process. She knew exactly what Chambers look for and therefore, could give clear, thoughtful and constructive feedback on my answers. Her work is diligent – she often noticed important points and issues which I hadn’t considered before. Her contributions enabled me to develop a consistent narrative which focuses on skills and experiences that set me apart from other candidates. She also went the extra mile by following up with extra materials, tips and questions for me to consider for our next session. Unsurprisingly, over the course of a month, the content, presentation and structure of my written applications improved drastically. I am very happy with the end product!
It was a pleasure working with Melanie. She is personable, professional and well-organised. She is an effective communicator, and was thoroughly prepared for each of our sessions. She was always responsive to my emails, and was flexible in booking our sessions. I am grateful for her support, and I would wholeheartedly recommend Melanie’s services to any prospective pupil.”
"My application is better today because of the help I received from Melanie."
Prospective Pupil Barrister - Common Law
“My application is better today because of the help I received from Melanie. The first step in obtaining pupillage, is to have a well drafted application: Melanie made that possible. Melanie, you have been an invaluable help to me, in preparing my application. Your feedback was always valuable and your quality was telling. I will be back for more coaching, this time for the interviews!”
"Go Further Goals should be any candidates’ first port of call to give themselves the best chance…"
Pupil Barrister - Family Law
“I can’t thank Melanie enough for her help in preparing me for what was eventually a successful first attempt at securing pupillage. For such a demanding process, the advice and practice provided through mock interviews was invaluable in helping to finesse my technique and preparation. Go Further Goals should be any candidates’ first port of call to give themselves the best chance of falling on the right side of a decision which inevitably relies on fine margins. Thank you Melanie!”
"I would recommend her to anyone who is soon to be interviewing for pupillage."
Prospective Pupil Barrister - Public Law 2019
“Working with Melanie prior to my pupillage interviews helped my confidence beyond measure. She provides a thorough service by delving into the details of your potential Chambers and comes up with creative ideas to show you in the best possible light from that Chambers’ viewpoint. I would recommend her to anyone who is soon to be interviewing for pupillage.”
"I doubt I would have had three pupillage offers this year without..."
Pupil Barrister - Common Law
“Thanks to Melanie's first and second round mock interviews, I felt confident and well prepared for my pupillage interviews. I doubt I would have had three pupillage offers this year without taking the time to do a couple of practice interviews, so thank you!”
"I felt more confident and ready for my upcoming interviews after my session with Melanie."
Prospective Pupil Barrister - Public Law
“I found my mock interview session with Melanie very useful and comprehensive. We went through different types of questions that may come up in pupillage interviews, ranging from competency-based questions to ethical issues and current events. Melanie is a good and careful listener - she gave me thoughtful feedback on all of my answers. I felt more confident and ready for my upcoming interviews after my session with Melanie.”
"I felt that I would have been doing myself a disservice by not working with Melanie; and I was right!"
Pupil Barrister - Criminal Law
“Melanie was amazing in my pupillage interview preparation. After Melanie’s input, I knew I’d given myself the best shot of performing to my best in the interview. Having read the testimonials and been referred by a friend, I felt that I would have been doing myself a disservice by not working with Melanie; and I was right! I have built on my confidence, established answers to key questions and have a better understanding of what I have to offer a panel. I highly recommend Melanie to all hopeful future pupils.”
"Melanie’s experience was immediately apparent and she provided really practical advice that immediately improved my performance."
Pupil Barrister - Common Law
“I am very happy to say that after three years of applying for Pupillage, I was finally successful this year. I genuinely feel that Melanie’s support and advice in the mock interview sessions gave me the confidence I needed, not only to sell myself more effectively but also to identify and resolve the issues that had obviously let me down in the past. In previous mock interviews, I have felt quite uncomfortable and slightly embarrassed; this was far from the case in my sessions with Melanie. I felt like I could be completely honest, which enabled me to really make the most of the time we worked together.
Melanie’s experience was immediately apparent and she provided really practical advice that immediately improved my performance. She directed me to numerous articles and online research that were also extremely useful in my preparation for interview. It was a pleasure to tell Melanie the good news and her response showed how heavily she invests in her clients. I only wish I had been recommended to Melanie 3 years’ ago!”
"I know sessions with Melanie made the difference for me this year and would recommend her sessions to any prospective pupil whether it is their first year of applying or fifth."
Pupil Barrister - Common Law
“This was my fourth year of applying for pupillage and, after a couple of poor interview results, I was losing hope - Melanie was able to give me back the confidence I needed to walk into my subsequent interviews and obtain my pupillage. She gives excellent, informed advice, and went above and beyond to fit me into her schedule and prepare questions for individual interviews so that I took the most out of each session. Her support was invaluable and her positive attitude made the sessions not only useful, but enjoyable. I know sessions with Melanie made the difference for me this year and would recommend her sessions to any prospective pupil whether it is their first year of applying or fifth.”
"Her support and insight has been exceptional"
Prospective Pupil Barrister - Family Law
“If you come across Melanie at Go Further Goals then you have discovered hidden treasure. Her support and insight has been exceptional. At first glance of Go Further Goals website, I questioned the ethics of paying to get a head start. But this is not a service aimed for the privileged, and it is surprisingly affordable for those of you who, like me, are determined to make it. Don’t expect a series of ‘cut and paste’ answers to make your life easier in the short-term. Far better is Melanie’s extraordinary ability to draw out your strengths, and her insight into the varied cultures and requirements of different chambers.”
"...an invaluable help to me preparing for interviews"
Pupil Barrister - Common Law
“Melanie has been an invaluable help to me preparing for interviews. Her flexible approach to providing this support meant I could tailor my sessions to exactly those areas where I felt least confident, her insights and feedback have been enormously helpful in preparing for the real thing, and she has a genuine interest in hearing how you progress. I have already recommended her to others, and I plan to again to anyone who will listen!”
"I do know with Melanie’s support, emotionally and practically, I will have given it my best shot"
Prospective Pupil Barrister - Family Law
“The apprehension of entering the quagmire of pupillage applications this year has been palpable especially as it is my last shot, following a gap in the application process due to a bereavement....I have no idea whether I will succeed, however, I do know that with Melanie’s support, emotionally and practically, I will have given it my best shot.”
"...extremely helpful throughout the pupillage interview process."
Prospective Pupil Barrister - Criminal Law
“Melanie's services have been extremely helpful throughout the pupillage interview process. Her mock interview sessions significantly helped my interview preparation. I am certain that with her support I will be able to secure pupillage.”
"constructive feedback as well as techniques for dealing with the pressure of pupillage interviews"
Junior tenant in a commercial chambers
“Melanie’s coaching was invaluable during my pupillage interview preparation. She conducted a number of mock first and second-round interviews and provided constructive feedback as well as techniques for dealing with the pressure of pupillage interviews. I would highly recommend Melanie’s training to prospective pupils so that they can attend chambers’ interviews with confidence and poise that comes from comprehensive and professional HR preparation.”
"invaluable to my post-interview success"
Junior Criminal Barrister
“Thanks to Melanie's structured interview preparation session and feedback, I was confident, concise and well prepared for my scholarship interview. This was invaluable to my post-interview success”