- Research the company
Researching the company before the interview allows you to learn about its mission, products, and services, customers and competitors. The company’s mission statement will offer you all the desired information about the company’s values as well as an edge in understanding the company’s needs. The more you know about the corporate culture, the better you will relate to the finance position you seek to land.
- Research the Job Position
Many candidates stick to researching the company, but not the position. You may be surprised if you research the job position and gain an understanding of the role you are expected to play in the organization. Furthermore, you will be an exception among the pool of candidates for the same position by having research the position that you are applying for.
- Dress Appropriately
Whether you realize it or not, your appearance is the first thing people notice about you. Thereby, being inappropriately dressed for a job interview may cost you the job itself even before you say a single word to the hiring manager. Dress professionally, wear neat and clean clothes and avoid the loud colors. By dressing appropriately for a job interview, not only you state that you take the opportunity seriously, but also that you respect the hiring manager and that you could be a nice fit in the corporate culture.
- Arrive on Time
Arriving on time for an interview can play an important role in landing a job. In fact, you should arrive earlier in order to make sure you’ll make it on time. For instance, you should consider the time to commute. What if there is traffic and you start feeling unsure whether you’ll make it or not? You will start wondering why you didn’t leave earlier, why you spent fifteen minutes playing with the dog and all these thoughts will only stress you out. In contrast, arriving at your interview fifteen minutes earlier will allow you to familiarize yourself with the environment and focus on your task.
- Focus on Body Language
Negative body language can be a real disaster during a job interview. Looking distracted, playing with your pen, brushing back your hair or touching your face, all suggest a negative body language that can sabotage your chances to get hired. Instead, if you smile, make an eye contact with the hiring manager and you actively listen and participate in the process, you make a god impression and you have more chances to ace the interview and get the job.
- Show Your Knowledge
If your career accomplishments match to what the company is looking for, talk about them. Don’t go cocky or overconfident, but try to relate what you know with the questions asked. Also, it is to your best interest to demonstrate the research you have made about the company by using examples. For instance, you may say “I noticed that your customer satisfaction ratings improved dramatically through the implementation of a divesting strategy.” This shows that you know your stuff, you know the company and the learning curve is gradually improving.
- Sell Your Good Self
Dress appropriately, arrive on time, be polite and sell your good self, the one that you would hire should you be in the shoes of your interviewer. Probably you should feel like being humble, but this won’t get you the job. Sell your experience, showcase your achievement, keep it together and let the hiring manager realize that if they don’t get you on board, they are losing a valuable asset.
- Handle The Tough Questions
The finance industry is highly demanding and during the interview, you may have to handle some tough questions. For instance, “What is your biggest weakness?” or “How do you handle challenges with coworkers?” are two questions that the majority of candidates would love to avoid. Make sure to understand what it the motive of the hiring manager when asking tough questions in order to tailor your response and be able to dance around questions you don’t like.
- Ask Insightful Questions
Sometimes candidates do not ask questions either out of nervousness or because they feel they might be judged for crossing the line. However, studies have repeatedly shown that hiring managers love to be asked questions as this indicates the applicant’s interest in the job. Thereby, as soon as the discussion about the job opening is done and the hiring manager has made clear what is expected from you, it’s your turn to ask insightful questions such as “How would you describe the company’s values?” or “How will my leadership responsibilities and performance be measured?” and so on.
- Follow Up
After the interview is over, make sure to follow up with a thank-you letter or a phone call. Even if you haven’t aced during the interview, there is a chance to remind the hiring manager who you are and what your valuable traits are, including the courtesy to thank them for their time. This shows a positive attitude and that you genuinely interested in the position.
Broadly speaking, the first impression is always the most important one. Given that the finance sector is one of the most competitive industries, you need to make a good impression to everyone you meet in the organization. Dress appropriately, arrive on time, be polite and sell your good self, the one that you would hire should you be in the shoes of your interviewer.