- Accounting and Finance
- Business and Management / Warwick Business School
- Careers & Employability
- MORSE / Statistics
Six Interview Q’s you need to Nail
These are six possible interview questions for any aspiring traders or investment bankers. Remember, there is no one right answer in an interview and your interpretation may be completely different to the next candidate’s – so, whilst these questions are accompanied by tips, they are just a guide!
When applying to jobs at an intern-level no firm expects you to be the final product, but they do expect your passion and work ethic to be reflected in the calibre of your answers. So, before an interview, why not take some time to put together answers/notes for each of these questions – practice makes perfect and preparation is key!
What differentiates our firm from other Investment Banks?
Companies are well aware that you may be applying to other firms, however, you are still expected to put in the time to research their company. Employing you for an internship is an investment for any company, so show that if you get the chance to work for them, you’ll want to stick around.
Know their major deals, clients, values and awards!
Can you explain what an investment banker/ trader/ equity researcher does?
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”, so make sure you can!
Why have you applied to this division?
Showcase that your skill set aligns with that of the role and try and prove to your interviewer that giving you a role in your chosen division isn’t only great for you, but the company too.
Another spin on the question, may be to dive into a bit of back story or talk about people who inspire you in the role you are applying for – this showcases your interest and that you have arrived at this division genuinely.
Can you discuss a time where you have exemplified one of our core values?
The first part of this question is simply knowing what their core values are, if you don’t this may be a tricky one to answer… (Usually, they include the likes of integrity, responsibility and teamwork.)
For an easy and recommended structure try recounting a scenario using the STAR(E) method:
S – Situation
T – Task
A – Action that you took (even if the value is teamwork!)
R – Result (the more tangible, the better!)
E – Evaluation (add what you’d do even better next time, to show that you are always learning from your experiences!)
What’s your unique selling point? Unique being the key word – don’t make the mistake of underestimating your competition and remember to get to interview stage, some qualities are practically compulsory! Let your personality shine through your answer to this one as that really is one of your distinguishing traits!
Have you got any questions?
The answer should be “Yes”! An internship is all about learning and in order to learn intellectual curiosity is key! However, try not to ask a question you can simply google as this just shows laziness – make it a little bit more personal and take advantage of the fact that you’re talking to someone who works at the firm that you want to work for.