5 WAYS TO IMPRESS AT A FINANCIAL SERVICES INTERVIEW
The interview process is crucial in landing a financial services job. At City Wharf Financial Recruitment, we are pleased to say we have helped many candidates find their ideal position and excel at the interview stage. Here are five ways to impress at a financial services interview.
STUDY THE FIRM AND SHOW HOW YOU CAN BE A GOOD FIT
Even though the basic premise of a role may be the same across a range of companies, each firm is different, and each role can have its own nuances. If you study the firm and are aware of its competences and how it operates, and what they expect from an employee in a role, you can position yourself for that role.
Showing that you understand the importance of company culture and showing that you can fit in with that culture, which being a success in the role, will help you make a positive impression during the interview.
NAIL THE MOTIVATIONAL QUESTION
The interview process isn’t solely about experience, qualifications and technical aspects, you will have to showcase your personality and what drives you. Whatever you say, and it should be true to your personality and aims, avoid clichés and standard platitudes. Try to give an answer that ties with the culture of the company but which also suggests that you have something about you that differentiates you from your peers.
Be prepared for questions like “why do you want to work for us” and get ready with answer that shows you’ve studied the firm while showing how you can fit in with the company.
HAVE PLENTY OF EXAMPLES LINED UP
Some people go into an interview with a fantastic example lined up, but if the right scenario doesn’t come up, they either can’t use it or shoehorn it into the conversation. This can count against you. It is therefore better to have a range of examples lined up and no matter what is asked of you, you should be able to provide an answer that fits the requirements of the role. It doesn’t always have to be work related, if you have a story from your personal life that is relevant, feel free to add it, but it should showcase you in a good light and serve as an example of how you can fit in with the company.
Also, like all good stories, there should be a beginning, a middle and an end to the story.
BE CLEAR ON WHAT YOU DON’T WANT TO DO
While it is likely that you will have to be flexible when developing your career, it is best to have a clear path for your long-term development and growth. It is likely that there will be posts that you have no interest in while there will be posts which you may not want to do but you understand that they are a vital part of your usefulness to a firm and in your own growth. If you can make these aspects clear, you will be able to put yourself across more confidently during the interview process.
BE AWARE OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS AND THE CURRENT FINANCIAL MARKET
Show that you are aware of historical financial events, how they occurred and what happened in the future, as this will show that you have a good grounding in this area. Also, there are financial issues arising today which have parallels to previous financial eras, so if you can make comparisons between eras, detailing how you would approach a fresh problem, it will highlight you as a candidate that has a passion and knowledge of the market.
If you have reached the interview stage, you clearly have something about you. However, so does every other candidate at this stage, so this is a highly competitive part of the process. By showcasing your skills and following these tips, you will hopefully position yourself as the ideal candidate for the role. Anyone that is looking for support with the recruitment process will find that City Wharf Financial Recruitment is the ideal company to call on.