I’ve been working as a junior analyst in a buyside firm for a little over a year now. I like my job (though not entirely enamored) mostly because my senior colleagues are amazing smart people.
However, recently there’s been restructuring, and while I doubt cutting my salary, being the youngest/cheapest/least experienced employee, will help much and therefore my job is safe (basically been reassured this verbally), I’m still worried. I also doubt we will get a bonus this year, which sucks.
That’s not the only reason why, but I looked for other jobs and I have an interview next week with a SS firm in ER.
I want to move to SS because I believe it will give me more exposure (at least in terms of names, even if pigeon-holed into a sector), better work-work balance (meaning, I don’t need work-life balance now because I’m 25, I need to put in hours before I’m 35, and while I can at this current gig it’s not the norm and my motivation is seeping away), and better organization structure (not necessarily a BS/SS divide, but I’m at a small fund and I’m looking at a giant firm).
What can I expect from the first and second interview? First is with HR. What’s a typical behavioral profile of a good candidate? For the second, do I prepare a stock pitch? No sector specified for this role, which is good, because I haven’t focused on one. What format? Any other tips/advice?
Also, recruiter is telling me to prepare a speech on why I want to work for XYZ firm. I’ve always had trouble with this. It makes no difference to me, as an outsider, whether I work at XYZ or ABC, other than name brand value I guess. How do I get a grasp on the difference between XYZ and ABC? Stupid question, but would be grateful for help, thanks.