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Any advice for interviews?

Could anyone give me some advice for an onsite interview?

I’m going to be interviewed for an entry-level credit rating research role. I have not worked for investment industry before, so I am not sure how to prepare for it. Guess there will be technical and situational questions. Do I need to practice financial modeling? What else should I do?

Thanks for reading!

If you still have decent time, I would recommend reaching out ex-employees in LinkedIn of that company who served in similar role before, and ask them to share their experience and some guidance. It worked for me once.

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Thank you!

You should probably do a mock interview with someone to practice talking in finance jargon and even soft questions like “why do you want to work here”. Talking somehow never turns out like how you pictured it in your head. 

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“cuz ur really close to where i live” is a bad answer btw!

I love my cheese. I got to have my cheddar.

Never ever ever ever say the most common things that everyone repeats.

Why should we hire you:

“I will work very hard”

125mph wrote:

Never ever ever ever say the most common things that everyone repeats.

Why should we hire you:

“I will work very hard”

I always say I’m a hardworker, such a pity I am (

Thank you so much for all your replies!

Here’s my feedback:

They focused on my past experiences, which are my disadvantages because they were not investment industry related, and they asked about my motivations for working there. Only one of them asked technical questions. No behavioral or situational questions asked.

Guess my background is not sufficient for the job, sad…

By the way, I would much appreciate it if you could suggest me some entry-level job titles to search. I’m not a new graduate but my experience for a full time job in finance sector is not competitive. I majored in finance in graduate school but still find it hard to break into this industry. cryingcryingcrying

fat_rabbit wrote:

Thank you so much for all your replies!

Here’s my feedback:

They focused on my past experiences, which are my disadvantages because they were not investment industry related, and they asked about my motivations for working there. Only one of them asked technical questions. No behavioral or situational questions asked.

Guess my background is not sufficient for the job, sad…

By the way, I would much appreciate it if you could suggest me some entry-level job titles to search. I’m not a new graduate but my experience for a full time job in finance sector is not competitive. I majored in finance in graduate school but still find it hard to break into this industry. cryingcryingcrying

Have you read David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell? Often times our biggest disadvantages are actually our greatest advantages. You just gotta spin it that way in an interview.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It be like that sometimes.

No, I haven’t. I’ll have a look and try to make my disadvantages become advantages. Thanks a lot!