How should I prepare for a finance job interview?
First, you should know how interviews work. You’ll never win a game if you don’t know how it is played. Talk to your career services office, do informational interviews (although you should be well prepared for these), read through the interview guides from WSO and get yourself familiar with the process.
Craft Your Story
You must craft your story. Every interviewer will ask you to walk through your resume or have you tell them something about yourself. Your answer to these types of questions will set the tone for the entire interview. A great story will differentiate you from your competitors and give you an edge over other applicants. To learn how to create your personal pitch, you can read through these posts:
- Wall Street Mentors: How to Perfect Your Personal Pitch
- Interview Advice from Scott Morris: Walk Me Through Your Resume
Behavioral questions also play a very important part in the interview process. An analyst won’t support your candidacy for the next round of interviews if he thinks pulling an all-nighter with you would be unbearable. Always make sure you keep your energy level high throughout the interview process, whether you have one interview or ten in one day. The WSO Behavioral Interview Guide is a great way to make sure you are well-prepared for this portion of the interview.
Finally, make sure you know how to tackle all of the technical questions. They will test your knowledge of accounting, valuation, modeling and, sometimes,.