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1. Poor personal appearance 2. Lack of interest and enthusiasm; passive and indifferent 3. Over-emphasis on money 4. Criticism of past employer 5. Poor eye contact with interviewer 6. Late to interview 7. Failure to express appreciation for interviewer’s time 8. Asks no questions about the job 9. Unwillingness to relocate 10. Indefinite answer to question 11. Overbearing, aggressive, conceited with ‘know-it-all’ complex 12. Inability to express self clearly; poor voice, poor diction, poor grammar 13. Lack of planning for career, no purpose or goals 14. Lack of confidence and poise, nervous, ill at ease 15. Failure to participate in activities 16. Expects too much too soon 17. Makes excuses, evasive, hedges on unfavourable factors on record 18. Lack of tact 19. Lack of courtesy, ill-mannered 20. Lack of vitality 21. Lack of maturity 22. Sloppy application form 23. No interest in company or industry 24. Cynical
25. Intolerant, strong prejudices
Interview Tips for the Financial Services
Before the Interview Know 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 many students with MBAs also have several years of relevant work experience. If you do not have work experience you should consider very carefully what qualifications you possess that compensate for these disadvantage. This could be country specific knowledge, fluency in a foreign 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 may sound like a lot, but it happens and could be that forty of them are for one company. Many times you will have to fly from one to another place six times in four months. This is the kind of time commitment 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 an interview 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 wait until 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 to go 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 into the bigger picture (your past, present and future). Don't let them suspect that you might not be sure 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 be careful 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 you have 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 you technical questions. You need to be prepared for those questions because not being able to answer those questions will be a good reason for them to reject you. After the Interview Use 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, "Why do you like working for XYZ Company?" Then you have some hints in terms of what to say when 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 the interviewer’s opinion at the end. So my answer got better and better as I went through more interviews. Finally, in those interviews where I had trouble solving a case or answering a specific question, I later asked the interviewers what kind of response he or she was looking for. By asking these questions, 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 future one: 1. List 3 things which made the interview a success.
2. a) List 3 things about the interview that you would change b) For each of these three items, explain what you are going to do to improve for your next interview. 3. Were some of the interviewer’s questions difficult to answer? What were they? How would you respond if asked again?
4. What skills/qualities was the employer looking for? How could you better present these skills next time? 5. What further information do you need in order to determine if you would accept an offer? 6. What do you like/dislike about this company? (Consider a graph or other way to rate and compare the companies with which you have interviewed).
What Employers tell us
When asked what they look for in potential employees, many employers respond by mentioning all or most of th following traits: A well-written resume and cover letter Demonstrated initiative and uniqueness in approaching the employer Following up with the employer to schedule interview
Employers look for more than technical or specific job-related skills when hiring new employees. Certain charac essential in developing an effective team. Employers look for these characteristics during the hiring process. Kno being able to identify them in yourself will enhance your success at interviews and increase your chances of getti Certain characteristics that are highly desirable to employers are:
Excellent listening skills Strong written and verbal communication skills Problem-solving skills Proven ability to get along well with co-workers Dedication, reliability and good attendance record
For an interviewer to identify your strengths in these areas, they need to ask behavior-based or situational questio when you had a conflict with a co-worker, and how you resolved it.” This type of question is becoming more and
Make sure to offer examples when asked open-ended questions. Answering with just a “yes” or “no” leaves the e stand behind your answer.
Before the Interview
To do well at the interview you will need to convince the interviewer you are technically qualified to do the job. you are sufficiently motivated to get the job done well and that you will fit in with the company's organizational you will work.
Before your interview find out everything you can about the company (read their annual report which can be obta read your application, thinking through your own career and the questions they might ask you. You should try to which they will ask and also prepare some questions to ask them.
You should dress smartly for the interview and should leave home earlier than you need to on the day of the inter traffic or for other reasons. Be courteous to all employees of the company. At the interview itself you must be po abilities - but do not waffle. Here are some tips: 1. Assemble all necessary papers Resume or personal data sheet Know your resume well enough that you can discuss every line if necessary Licenses, Social Security card and/or military records Samples of work, if relevant List of questions you want to ask the interviewer about the job
Many employers will use your resume as a source of questions during the interview. Review your resume prior to develop answers to questions that relate to your employment and educational experience listed on your resume. B employment. If called upon, you must be able to demonstrate the skills you stated on your resume. Focus your an experience that will be most useful to the position you are interviewing for. 2. Learn all you can about the prospective employer What are the products and services?
What is its reputation? What types of jobs are available? What are the hiring policies and practices? What are their salary ranges? What are their goals?
Researching the company you are interviewing with and the position you are pursuing demonstrates genuine inte obvious to the interviewer whether you did your research or not. Many interviewers will focus questions on findi did for the interview. One can research a company utilizing many different sources: The Internet Company brochures and year end statements The area Chamber of Commerce Networking – ask friends, relatives, teachers, social and business contacts
You do not need to know everything possible about the company. The information most helpful for the interview product manufactured or service offered. You should find out the size of the company and if they have multiple l competitors? Did they recently merge with another company? What is their sales volume and is that down or up 3. Identify what you have to offer. Your education, training and experience—what you have done, know how to do and can do. Remember all the skills, abilities and talents you possess that will make you an excellent employee. 4. Consider your potentials as an employee Why do you feel you can do the job? What makes you qualified for the job? What do you have to offer the company or organization? Why do you want to work for the employer in question? Pre- Interview Checklist Before you leave home for your interview, check the following: Have you researched the organization you are interviewing with? Do you know the interviewer’s name? If not, get it from the receptionist before the interview. Have you formulated answers for usual interview questions?
Do you have all necessary information for the interview? This includes items such as resume or personal data sh
references, pen and note pad. Is there someone you could do a practice interview with? You will benefit from suggestions for improvement.
Do not forget the most obvious research, simply knowing where you are going BEFORE the interview. What is t should you plan for travel time? Drive by the company to be sure that you know how to get there and how long i give yourself an extra 10-15 minutes in case they ask you to complete their job application. Other tips on preparing for your interview:
Consider how the position relates to your talents and goals, such as specialty area and opportunities for advancem
Schedule the interview at a time that will not conflict with your working hours. Most interviewers will understan work at your current position to interview for other jobs.
Find out the name and position of the person you will meet with and get his/ her telephone number in case an em
Be prepared with answers to why you want to work at that particular organization, and how you would be the be Understanding the company, their mission and their environment will help you with these questions.
Dress properly for the interview. Dress slacks, dress shirt, a tie and possibly a sport coat for men. Women should skirt or pants, and blouse. If a skirt is your choice, be sure to wear nylons. Don’t forget the dress shoes.
DRESSING FOR THE INTERVIEW
Wear clothing that indicates you are ready to go to work today. Men and Women All clothes should be neatly pressed. Conservative two-piece business suite (solid dark blue or gray is best) Conservative long-sleeved shirt/blouse (white is best, pastel is next best) Clean, polished, conservative shoes Clean and well-groomed hairstyle Clean, trimmed fingernails Minimal cologne or perfume Empty pockets – no noisy coins No gum, candy or cigarettes
Men Necktie should be silk with a conservative pattern Dark shoes (black lace-ups are best); clean and polished Dark socks (black is best) Short hair always fairs best in interviews No beards – mustaches are acceptable (keep neat and trimmed) No earrings No heavy cologne
Women Always wear a suit with a jacket; or a sheath dress with a jacket Do not wear extremely high-heeled or platform shoes Do not wear open-toe shoes or mules (they are more casual) Conservative hosiery at or near skin color (and no runs!) If you wear nail polish (not required), use clear or a conservative color One set of earrings only Conservative makeup No heavy perfume No heavy cologne
What to Say
Introduce yourself with a smile and firm handshake. Maintain good eye contact during conversation. Demonstrate to the recruiter what you want to and can do for the employer today, based on employer research. G Answer questions with: " Yes, for example (accomplishment/result statement)" and " No, however (accomplishment/result statement)" Show interest in what the interviewer is saying, by nodding your head and leaning toward him/her occasionally. Give positive answers to negative-based questions. Ask the recruiter prepared questions. Initiate the next step by asking what the next step is. Ask for the recruiter’s business card for future contact. Immediately after you leave make notes of important poi The "Tell me about yourself" question
Here is an example about how to answer the first question most interviewers ask. “Tell me about yourself” It also with the interviewer the most important thing they want to know – “Why should I hire you?”
1. Personal and Education This part is used to give the interviewer relevant information concerning you personally and about your educatio include personal information such as marital status, children, etc. This does include information such as: hometow attribute(s). The education should be either the latest obtained and/or major field if relevant to job objective. 2. Early Career/Life Experiences This part is used to share with the interviewer past work and life experiences relevant to the job objective.
3. Recent Work History/Life Experiences This is the time for the job seeker to relate to the employer two accomplishments/results of the job seeker that ind candidate for the position sought. 4. Why you are here In this part, the job seeker speaks with enthusiasm that he/she is here for the specific position sought. What to Do Arrive 10-15 minutes early. Use time wisely to review employer research information. Have pen and paper. Asking to borrow a pen indicates lack of preparation. Be enthusiastic. Recruiters remember a positive attitude. Listen carefully to the interviewer’s complete question before responding. If needed, pause and take time before answering difficult questions. Keep going even if you feel you made a mistake. Carry extra resumes, references, etc. organized in a portfolio Unless asked, do not discuss salary and benefits.
Interview Question and Answers
Detailed below are a number of possible interview questions and answers scenarios to help you prepare for your interview: Never lie... Q. Why did you leave your last job? A. You felt your career prospects and progression could go no further and you need a challenge
where your potential can be exploited.
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Never criticise your manager... Q. Do you get on with your current manager? A. I have a good relationship with my boss; he/she is not the reason I'm looking to move.
Never criticise an employer... Q. Do you think your boss is a good manager? A. I have never had any problems with the management expertise of my boss and as already mentioned he/she is not the reason I'm looking for another job.
Never criticise your company... Q. What do you think of your current job? /Why do you want to leave? A. As a company they are fine but I do not think they can match my ambitions with the possible opportunities offered and now is a right time for me to move on.
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Be positive... Q. How long would you stay with us? A. I see this as a long-term career move.
Prepare your own five-year plan... Q. Where do you see yourself in five years time? A. At the moment in five years time I can see myself progressing along my chosen path and currently I would like to progress into a managerial role. But, if in two to three year's time a better, more suitable opportunity shows itself, then I would give it my consideration. Actually I would like to have won the pools and be sitting on a boat drinking wine in the Med. (Humour can sometimes help.)
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Prepare your strengths... Q. What are your greatest strengths? A. My greatest strengths are threefold: 1. To be able to recognise my weaknesses 2. 3. I have the ability to pick up procedures quickly An excellent temperament which means I don't get rattled easily
Prepare your weaknesses... Q. What are your greatest weaknesses? A. Some people have said my natural enthusiasm is a weakness, but I found my administration skills were weak. However I have recognised this and come to terms with it. Consequently, it is no longer a major problem.
Why you're the best person for the job... Q. Why should we offer you the position? A. I've listened very carefully to what you've told me about the position and on that basis I'm confident that I could do the job as well as, if not better than, the others you have seen.
Why you want the job... (listen carefully during the interview & note interesting pointers) Q. What interests you most about the position on offer? A. The career prospects, job content, work environment, day-to-day duties, etc
Other Likely Questions
Below are some other questions that you may be asked at interview. The responses depend entirely on your personal experiences. It is worth bearing these in mind when preparing to meet a prospective employer: • What kind of people do you find most difficult to work with? Why? • What do you feel you have done particularly well in your last job? In what areas have you
achieved the greatest success? Why do you think this is? In your last job, did you find anything particularly difficult? What would you consider to be your greatest achievement in your career to date?
If you are looking for Financial & Accountancy Recruitment or Financial Services and Compliance Recruitment then please browse through our selection of Financial Planning and Analysis Jobs and Accountant Jobs.
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. How would you describe yourself? Sample excellent response: My background to date has been centered around preparing myself to become the very best financial consultant I can become. Let me tell you specifically how I've prepared myself. I am an undergraduate student in finance and accounting at _________ University. My past experiences has been in retail and higher education. Both aspects have prepared me well for this career. See also this page of our Job Interviewing Tutorial. 2. What specific goals, including those related to your occupation, have you established for your life? Sample excellent response: I want to be working for an excellent company like yours in a job in which I am managing information. I plan to contribute my leadership, interpersonal, and technical skills. My long-range career goal is to be the best information systems technician I can for the company I work for. See also this page of our Job Interviewing Tutorial. 3. How has your college experience prepared you for a business career?
Sample excellent response: I have prepared myself to transition into the the work force through real-world experience involving travel abroad, internship, and entrepreneurial opportunities. While interning with a private organization in Ecuador, I developed a 15-page marketing plan composed in Spanish that recommended more effective ways the company could promote its services. I also traveled abroad on two other occasions in which I researched the indigenous culture of the Mayan Indians in Todos Santos, Guatemala, and participate din a total language immersion program in Costa Rica. As you can see from my academic, extracurricular, and experiential background, I have unconditionally committed myself to success as a marketing professional. See also this page of our Job Interviewing Tutorial. 4. Please describe the ideal job for you following graduation. Sample excellent response (equates ideal job with job he's interviewing for): My ideal job is one that incorporates both my education and practical work skills to be the best I can be. Namely combining my education in finance with my working knowledge of customer service operations, entrepreneurial abilities, computer skills, and administrative skills. I want to utilize my analytical expertise to help people meet their financial goals. This is exactly why I am convinced that I would be a very valuable member of the Merrill Lynch team. See also this page of our Job Interviewing Tutorial. 5. What influenced you to choose this career? Sample excellent response: My past experiences have shown me that I enjoy facing and overcoming the challenge of making a sale. Without a doubt, once I have practiced my presentation and prepared myself for objections, I feel very confident approaching people I don't know and convincing them that they need my product. Lastly, I like sales because my potential for success is limited only by how much of myself I dedicate toward my goal. If any profession is founded on self-determinism, it surely must be sales. See also this page of our Job Interviewing Tutorial. 6. At what point did you choose this career? Sample excellent response: I knew that I wanted to pursue information systems technology about my sophomore year in college. It was then that I realized that my that my hobby (computers) was taking up most of my time. My favorite courses were IT courses. I also realized that I was doing computer-oriented work-study that I enjoyed so much I would have done it for free. 7. What specific goals have you established for your career? Sample excellent response: My goals include becoming a Certified Financial Advisor so I can obtain a better working knowledge of financial research analysis, which would allow me contribute to my client base as a better financial consultant since I would have that extra insight into the companies they are seeking to invest in. Also this is the foundation block to advancing my career to portfolio manager or even branch office manager. See also this page of our Job Interviewing Tutorial. 8. What will it take to attain your goals, and what steps have you taken toward attaining them? Sample excellent response: I've already done some research on other workers at Merrill Lynch to see how they achieved similar goals. I know that Merrill Lynch encourages the pursuit and will reimburse for tuition of a graduate degree. I plan on pursuing a MBA to give me an even more extensive knowledge of business and financial analysis.
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