Banking and Finance Graduate Application & Interview Tips

This page provides you with application and interview advice provided directly by graduates working in Banking and Finance

Application Advice: Thoroughly research the company and markets. As a placement student, you really need to display an interest and drive for the role, they are not expecting you to already possess a strong knowledge base as they would for hiring at a more senior level.
Interview Advice: Know your CV inside out. When researching the company, dig deep into the details and find some that truly interest you.
Industrial Placement Student, Trading Risk at RWE Supply and Trading
Application Advice: Demonstrate what skills you learnt from your studies.
Interview Advice: Be enthusiastic and demonstrate you want to learn new skills.
Technical Support Analyst, Development Delivery at Fidessa
Application Advice: Thoroughly research the company and markets. As a placement student you really need to display an interest and drive for the role, they are not expecting you to already posses a strong knowledge base as they would for hiring at a more senior level.
Interview Advice: Know your CV inside out. When researching the company, dig deep into the details and find some that truly interest you.
Industrial Placement Student, Trading Risk at RWE Supply and Trading
Application Advice: We are a people centred company, and want our employees to grow professionally in their roles. So it doesn't matter if you don't hit all the requirements even if you only have 40% of the skills in the job spec, apply and see what happens. And as cheesy as it sounds applying is one step closer to getting the job.
Interview Advice: Although assessment centres are stressful all the assessors want you to do well, go in with a open mind and try to enjoy it.
Graduate UX Designer, Technology at American Express
Application Advice: Make a good first impression and be personable.
Interview Advice: Have answers prepared for competency questions.
Graduate Financial Analyst, Finance at American Express
Application Advice: Honesty, passionate, willingness to learn, approachable.
Interview Advice: Research the company beforehand and be prepared to discuss what you are interested in.
Technology Analyst, Technology at American Express
Application Advice: Understand what the job entails. Show your enthusiasm for the role and company.
Interview Advice: Be yourself. Show that you're very personable and interact well with new people.
Consultant, Investment Banking at FactSet
Application Advice: Be proud of yourself and also be confident.
Interview Advice: Be yourself, that shines through more than trying to impress for the wrong reasons. E.ON like down to earth true people and if you are yourself they will appreciate this.
Customer Service Advisor, Credit Operations at E.ON
Application Advice: Standard graduate application. Make sure you practice the numerical reasoning tests so that you can achieve a decent grade. Read up on the company and its values.
Financial Analyst, Finance at Fidessa
Application Advice: I would say that it is important to ask yourself what attracts you to the company - be clear in your mind as to the contributions you can make to the various business units as well as partaking in CSR initiatives.
Interview Advice: At the interview, just be yourself - the company welcomes engaging and enthusiastic candidates. Make sure you have an understanding of the trends impacting the company both overall and its individual business units (F&R, TRTA, Legal).
Propositions Specialist, Financial & Risk at Thomson Reuters