TOP TIPS FOR INVESTMENT BANKING INTERVIEWS
There are many important aspects when applying for a job in the investment banking sector but given the interview stage comes very close to the end, this is an area that many people have concerns about. At City Wharf Financial Recruitment, we appreciate that a lot of candidates need assistance in creating the best impression, which is why we are keen to offer top tips for investment banking interviews.
THE RIGHT ATTITUDE IS ESSENTIAL DURING THE INTERVIEW PROCESS
There have been assorted studies into what really matters in an interview and it would be fair to say that the right attitude is hugely important. In fact, some sources have said that having the right attitude equates to around 70% of the overall assessment. Qualifications are important but so many candidates will have similar qualifications, making it difficult for prospective employers to use this as criteria to choose from.
Therefore, the attitude that a candidate displays is a terrific way to separate candidates. All firms will know their company culture and will be keen to find people who can fit into this way of thinking. It is therefore essential that candidates show their personality and provide insight into their working practices at the interview process.
MAKE SURE YOU SMILE
Investment banking is hugely pressurised, and it is important to show that you can remain calm and collected in challenging situations. Most people will agree that the interview process is a challenging time, so take the opportunity to show that you can be relaxed and confident under pressure. A simple step like smiling and seeming relaxed will mark you out as a candidate that has something to offer.
FIND THE RIGHT BLEND BETWEEN HUMILITY AND CONFIDENCE
No one said that getting a job was going to be easy and one of the most difficult tasks during the interview process is to set the right tone for the interview. You want to show that you are confident in yourself and your ability, but you must also show that you are humble and willing to learn.
Ways that you can achieve this in the interview process is to:
- Be respectful to the interviewer
- Be concise with your answers and summarise whenever possible
- Speak slowly and clearly
- Listen to the interview, allowing them to finish every sentence or question without butting in
- Be prepared with examples and stories that show you are a good fit
You will want to show that you have prepared for the interview and you want to take every opportunity you can to prove that you are the right person for the role. If you can do this and telling relevant stories of your past is an excellent way of achieving this, you will find that interviewers will remember you and be more likely to put you forward as a suitable candidate.
Whatever investment banking you are looking for, it is imperative you get help and guidance. At City Wharf Financial Recruitment, we are here to help you at every step of the recruitment process.