Around a week ago, I had an interview for a “Financial Analyst” position in Fintech Company. Today I got a rejection letter. Whether it was my fault to present myself or the minimum requirements that I didn’t meet, I want to get a feedback and maybe some tips.
Well, the interview started with two people, Accounting Manager and Sr. Financial Analyst. Basic question about my resume, interests, Excel skills, why they should select me. I emphasized my CFA candidacy, creative thinking, the thing that I am from different part of the world (Russia/Central Asia). From the reaction, it seemed that I was a match.
Then, interview with Financial Director. Asked me about my experience with financial modeling, what was the most complicated thing I had modeled before, my interest in finance etc. I was trying to emphasize my CFA designation, but eventually said that I was doing it to be more competitive with local US candidates in the first place (decided to say the truth). And one thing that I noticed from his response, is that I was looking for a wrong company if I want to pursue a career related to CFA. Then some question about my personality, how geeky I am (I said I like video games).
I don’t have much experience, the position desired 2-3 years in financial analysis role ( I had 6 month and other 9 months in different roles slightly related to finance).
Should CFA candidate emphasize his/her CFA designation pursuance or personal soft skills and ambitions?