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25 things to avoid in an Interview
1.Poor personal appearance2.Lack of interest and enthusiasm; passive and indifferent3.Over-emphasis on money4.Criticism of past employe5.Poor eye contact with interviewer 6.Late to interview7.Failure to express appreciation for interviewer’s time8.Asks no questions about the job9.Unwillingness to relocate10.Indefinite answer to question11.Overbearing, aggressive, conceited with ‘know-it-all’ complex12.Inability to express self clearly; poor voice, poor diction, poor grammar 13.Lack of planning for career, no purpose or goals14.Lack of confidence and poise, nervous, ill at ease15.Failure to participate in activities16.Expects too much too soon17.Makes excuses, evasive, hedges on unfavourable factors on record18.Lack of tact19.Lack of courtesy, ill-mannered20.Lack of vitality21.Lack of maturity22.Sloppy application form23.No interest in company or industry24.Cynical
25.Intolerant, strong prejudices
Interview Tips for the Financial Services
Before the InterviewKnow Where You Stand in Relation to the MBAs
Most of the time, we are competing with MBAs to get a position. We need to realize that manystudents with MBAs also have several years of relevant work experience. If you do not havework experience you should consider very carefully what qualifications you possess thatcompensate for these disadvantage. This could be country specific knowledge, fluency in aforeign language (or languages), or a great summer internship.
Plan Ahead
The time commitment required to conduct a job search is more than one class worth. Plan ahead;don't take four demanding classes if you want to be successful.It could be the case that you will have to go through ninety-one interviews altogether. This maysound like a lot, but it happens and could be that forty of them are for one company. Many timesyou will have to fly from one to another place six times in four months. This is the kind of timecommitment you have to be ready for.
Getting an Interview
Sending out resumes is not enough to get interviews. You have to be active in the job hunting process and find your own way. Interviews don't just fall from the sky, you have to earn them.Sometimes you will send more than 30 resumes and you will get no response, try to get aninterview through consistently going to company presentations and career events.At HBS company presentations, speak to the representatives there about your particular interests.Go early and speak to the reps before they present--they often have more time than if you waituntil afterwards. Usually, they can get you in touch with the right person in the company.Sometimes, I had to call and e-mail many times before they responded. You have to be ready togo to more than ten company presentations to get one interview.
During the Interview
Make Sure to at Least Appear Focused
Be sure to be able to explain what you learned from the classes you took and how they fit intothe bigger picture (your past, present and future). Don't let them suspect that you might not besure if you really want the job.
Mention your Harvard Classes but Be Careful
It is always good to mention the Harvard classes -if you are taking them- you are taking but becareful not to look like an HBS “wannabe”. Also, always keep in mind that the interviewer might be an HBS graduate and have taken the same class. They might ask you to talk about your favorite case. It is important to know one or two cases very well.
You Cannot Miss the Technical Questions
The one thing you have to prove in your interview when going for an MBA position is that youhave enough knowledge. Interviewers might not ask technical questions to MBA students because they know what to expect from MBA students, However, they will most likely ask youtechnical questions. You need to be prepared for those questions because not being able toanswer those questions will be a good reason for them to reject you.
After the InterviewUse Your Interviews to Gain Knowledge for the Next One
Gain as much knowledge as you can from interviews. Never make the same mistakes again.What I often did was to ask the question that I am often asked in interviews. For example, "Whydo you like working for XYZ Company?" Then you have some hints in terms of what to saywhen the next one asks you, "What do you like about XYZ Company?" Since the question"What do you think of the Japanese economy?" was often asked, I made sure that I asked theinterviewer’s opinion at the end. So my answer got better and better as I went through moreinterviews.Finally, in those interviews where I had trouble solving a case or answering a specific question, Ilater asked the interviewers what kind of response he or she was looking for. By asking thesequestions, you never make the same mistakes twice.
Interview Self Evaluation
Think about an important interview you have had. Evaluating your  performance in that interview will help you to prepare for a futureone:1. List 3 things which made the interview a success.

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