How to Prepare for Finance Recruitment: Banking and Finance 101 Summary

Megan Saunders

Couldn’t make the August 3rd webinar on How to Prepare for Finance Recruitment with alumni and current Campus Recruiter, Kezia Gibbs? No problem! In this blog post, I have outlined Kezia’s top tips and tricks for landing your dream job or internship in finance!

 

General Recruitment Recommendations:

  • First things first, make sure you’re actually interested in the role you’re applying for!
  • Liberal arts majors can OWN their experience and be successful in finance!
  • If Kezia could suggest one skill to gain, it would be to learn how to be a self-starter, take initiative, and pay attention to detail!

Networking:

  • Networking is critical when seeking opportunities. Kezia even said that she got her first job through networking!
  • Nervous about networking? No worries! Kezia suggested that you start with peers and young alumni, because you likely have more in common with them, they are willing to help, and you may already know them from around grounds!
  • Networking helps you to understand more about the companies that you are interested in working for. Kezia emphasized that the recruitment process is a two way street – You and the employer have to feel like you’re a good fit for one another!

Resume:

  • Make sure you can clearly and confidently talk about whatever is on your resume! Don’t just put things on your resume, if you can’t talk in depth about them!
  • Where should you put Coursera courses on your resume?            
    • Under Coursework, Skills, or Professional Development

Interviews:

  • Be sure to address your struggles in academics, if you have them.
  • If you have discrepancies in your resume, be open and honest about your experience and/or your progress. Be positive about how far you have come!
  • Make sure you’re actually interested in the role you’re interviewing for!
  • Behavioral and Technical Interviews:
    • Behavioral:
      • Recruiter wants to know - How well do you work in teams? How well do you work under pressure? Etc.
      • Be yourself! Shy away from acting “perfect.” It is important to share REAL examples, even if they are failures.
      • Utilize the S.T.A.R. Method to prep for your behavioral interview
        • Add a T at the end (S.T.A.R.T.) for “tieback”-- how will this apply going forward? What was the point? for extra credit!
    • Technical:
      • These interviews are open to all majors. They help the recruiter to understand your technical ability outside of your major
      • Research and know what is happening in the markets. Speak clearly and confidently about this topic!
      • Know the “key points” of finance, like “What is a DCF?” or “What is devaluation?”
      • Not sure where to start to learn these things? Study the Vault Guides, Wall Street Oasis Guide, Mergers and Acquisition Guides, etc.!
    • OVERALL, BE YOURSELF!!!
  • How to come across well in a video interview:
    • Practice as if it is a regular interview
    • Practice by recording yourself
    • Look at the camera on your webcam
    • Body language is important! Try your best to “read” your interviewer to make it conversational.
    • Own the experiences you have in a confident, not cocky way.

COVID-19 Specifics:

  • Seeking opportunities (like extra courses, networking, etc.) during COVID shows resilience!
  • Networking is even more important in uncertain times like these.