Accountancy & Insurance Graduate Application & Interview Tips

This page provides you with application and interview advice provided directly by graduates working in Accountancy & Insurance

Application Advice: Your degree subject is not important, but you should think about how you can display the skills for the role and your desire to fulfil it - I think you really need to show a willingess and desire to invest yourself fully in the training side and push yourself, because the company are paying for all your training which is an amazing opportunity.
Interview Advice: if you have to do a presentation (which i did) make sure you practice it loads beforehand. The subject matter of the presentation wasn't at all difficult/ technical so it is a really good opportunity to sell yourself, your skills, your motivation for the job etc. be confident!
Accounts Trainee, Audit at Menzies LLP
Interview Advice: Most questions were competency based - examples of team work etc. Know about the company and the job role you are applying for and why youre applying.
Professional Trainee, Finance at NFU Mutual
Application Advice: Be yourself. Do a lot of research into TR, the Fact Book on the Investor Relations website is a good place to start.
Interview Advice: Prepare for a competency based interview but we are moving to a strength based interview, which aims to get a natural response and are harder to prepare for. Also, be yourself and ensure you get to find out about your interviewees. They could one day be your manager.
Financial Analyst, Finance at Thomson Reuters
Application Advice: Be prepared.
Sr. Manager, Account at Accenture
Application Advice: Team work is very important.
Interview Advice: Show enthusiasm and willingness to learn.
Client manager, Italy at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd
Application Advice: Show interest in the big game changing topics and the field of sustainable risk management. Be natural, but analyse situations in a smart and creative way. Knowledge on the public sector and natural catastrophes is essential. Read a bit about certain ways countries pre- or post-finance themselves after devastating catastrophes.
Interview Advice: Be prepared for questions also on your social life outside of the working environment. Of course insurance basics are needed as well as an idea on how catastrophe modelling works, i.e. the statistical and probabilistical concepts behind it. Confidence in English language and will to travel is inevitable.
Business Data Analyst, Global Partnerships at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd
Application Advice: Be relaxed, don't panic, do not over do it. The profile they look for is very clear, all graduates got along great. We are all very friendly and open and being smug and a know it all won't help you at all.
Interview Advice: Be yourself, if you don't know ask questions, don't be afraid.
Client Manager, Client Markets at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd
Application Advice: Research the bank's core values and demonstrate how you apply them to your job, academics or life.
Interview Advice: Dress to impress.
Business Intelligence Analyst, Finance Business Intelligence at RBS
Application Advice: Make sure you do everything they ask and don't be put off by the video application section, it isn't as scary as you think and let's them see what you're like.
Interview Advice: Be yourself. Unlike other accounting companies, Menzies put a lot more focus on who you are as a person and less on your qualifications and experience (although this is definitely a factor too!). Be prepared for a fairly relaxed but involved assessment day. They may ask some random questions like what would your super power be or what would you do if you had 24 hours to live, don't panic, just have fun with it.
Trainee Accountant, Audit at Menzies LLP
Application Advice: Know the company inside out from the material you are given to do research, as well as your own. Read about how the current graduates are doing in their role to see if anything excites you about their role and the programme.
Interview Advice: Be confident with your body language by making eye contact when speaking to the interviewer or any other people you may encounter during your interview. You do not have to know everything about Boots or Finance, but have a willingness to learn and come prepared.
Assistant Finance Manager, Financial Accounting at Boots