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Responsibility:
2.5/5
 
Work Life Balance:
3.2/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.3/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.2/5
 
Company Culture:
3.7/5
 
Career Progression:
3.3/5
 
Colleagues:
4/5
 
Training:
3.7/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.4/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.4/5
 

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Interview Advice:

At the telephone interview, know about the compnay and the wider MMC, and have answers prepared for "HR type" questions. Show initiative at the Assessment Centre, take the lead but don't sound arrogant! At the face-to-face interview try to relax (sounds daft), but its best if you can make it more of a converstation. They are partly trying to assess how well you would fit into the team.

Investment Analyst, Investment Consulting at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Conduct thorough research prior interview and make sure you understand what the team does

Interview Advice:

Read the Mercer website carefully and make sure you know what the Manager Research team does and how it is integrated in the investment consulting business of Mercer.

Manager Research – Analyst, Manager Research, Investment Consulting at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Apply as early as possible and take your time.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. Don't try too hard to impress but instead show them what you know and that you're willing to learn more.

Analyst, DC & Savings at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Research the company and the deparment you have applied to thoroughly. Ensure you know what it is they do.

Make sure you know the role of an actuary.

Prepare yourself for how difficult it is to study and work as an actuary.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself!

Relax and prepare by knowing as much as you can about the position you have applied for.

Actuary, at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Be honest and open
Find out as much as you can about the industry and Mercer as a company
Show a desire to learn more about financial markets

Interview Advice:

Know enough that you are comfortable with a wide range of questions but don't memorise answers - try to built rapport with the interviewers during the interview

Investment Analyst, Investment Consulting at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Tailor your CV to show that you have the skills that Mercer requires, e.g. communication. Have work experience, a blank CV will make it difficult.

Interview Advice:

These will eventually lead to client-facing roles, try and be relaxed and show that you can.

Investment Analyst, Core consulting at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Be sure to know the difference between consulting and banking. We don't do stock picking!

Interview Advice:

Have you thought about which route you want to pursue, CFA or Actuarial?

Investment Analyst, Investments at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Make sure you know the difference between internal and external Human Resources - consultants are very different to in house HR and it can be quite clear during interviews when candidates do not know the difference.

Interview Advice:

Read up about pensions - even though in talent we do not directly work with pensions, other areas of the firm deal with pensions and they would like you to have some knowledge on the area

Talent Analyst, Talent at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Know what the company is about, how Mercer operate etc. as well as the role you want to go into.

Interview Advice:

Often those employed are the candidates that fit best in the environment, once technical capability has been proven - so focus on the personal aspect.

Actuarial Analyst, Retirement at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Be confident and understand the high level ideas of the pensions world - any further detail can be learnt on the job.

Interview Advice:

There is a policy within the FSG group to only hire the best - you need to be confident in yourself. That doesn't mean loud, some of our most vital team members are quiet and detail focused whilst others prefer the people side of things. There is a role for everyone as long as you believe you can do it.

Have a good reason for wanting to join Mercer in particular too, why do you think we stand out? etc

Financial Strategy Analyst, Financial Strategy Group at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Your interests and experience (if necessary) should be specific to Pensions.

Interview Advice:

What attracts you to Pensions?
Why do you want to apply for this role?
What do you think you could contribute to Mercer?
Why Mercer?
What motivates you?

Read the Mercer website and know the Mercer PRIIDE values.

Retirement Consultant, Scheme Management at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Remember that it is not internal HR and does not include recruitment! It is a very analytical role so make sure to emphasise your analytical skills in an application.

Interview Advice:

Do plenty of research but generally because you learn on the job you are not expected to know the technicalities - it is more about showing your interest in the area and the career path.
Also, research the Masters qualification that you undertake in your second year.

Graduate Talent Analyst, Talent at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate numerical and academic abilities very clearly

Interview Advice:

Be likeable - be calm, friendly and enjoy yourself but always professional. Read up on the investments world and try to understand the fundamentals.

Investment Analyst, Financial Strategy Group at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Be yourself
Don't be over assertive or brag
Ensure you are up to date with current affairs (both Pensions-based and Investments-based)
Show enthusiasm

Investment Analyst, Investment Consulting at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Mercer is not an investment bank, so you will not be trading any money.
You will be advising pension schemes on their investments.

Interview Advice:

Know the basic difference between defined benefit (final salary) and defined contribution (money purchase) pension schemes: i.e. who bears the risk of the pension investments.

Analyst, Investment Consulting at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Have a good personality and be eager to learn. You can learn the job from exposure and experience but people dislike rude individuals and know-it-alls.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. It is okay to not know things but it gets ugly when people discover you are lying.

Investment Analyst, Manchester at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Know the industry, commercial awareness is key.

Interview Advice:

Prepare your definitions.
What are the main tasks you will carry out on a day to day basis?
Don't panic and back your answers up.

Actuarial trainee, Retirement at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Thoroughly research the job role

Interview Advice:

Research the company, the exams you will be taking and how you will balance work with study. Prepare answers to why you chose your degree and what you gained from it.
Be yourself - they are looking for someone to fit in with the team, not just technical knowledge!

Actuarial Trainee, Retirement at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Try to meet Mercer employees/HR at careers fairs.

Interview Advice:

Be up to date with current issues in pensions and investments.

Trainee Actuary, Pensions at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Try be as descriptive as possible.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself - the assessors want to know that you can get on with everyone and will fit in well into a diverse team. Also try to bring any interesting extra-curricular activites to the fore.

Actuarial Student, Retirement at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Write a bit about yourself so the people reading your application can start to get to know you.

Interview Advice:

Research the company and the job role so you're prepared when asked in the interview. However, remember that there are a lot of people who have the same qualifications so showing your personality is important too.

Actuarial Trainee, Retirement at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Technical skills are almost a given - they seem much more interested in softer, consultancy-based skills, so try to focus on these in your application.

Actuarial Trainee, Consulting at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Try to push why you want to work in both this line of business and for this company. What is it that attracts you to the roll. Despite its reputation, the pensions industry has a lot of genuinely interesting aspects to it and given the current climate of change after the 2014 budget, there is a great deal going on that you might want to refer to in an application.

Interview Advice:

Research the company and the line of business as thoroughly as possible. Try to find out as much as you can about the industry.

Actuarial Analyst, Bulk annuity broking at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Be yourself; be interested in what you will be doing; be prepared for hard work and giving up your time; enjoy the experience.

Interview Advice:

Don't try to be something you're not; if you don't know something, be honest. Be interested and believe in yourself.

Actuarial Consultant Trainee, Actuarial at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Make sure you show an interest in the field, and have a basic technical knowledge. Also look into recent developments (for example the Budget 2014..)

Interview Advice:

The interview process is pretty standard (application, online tests, phone interview, assessment centre, final interview), although the assessment centre is not typical - it involves a day in the life as a consultant at Mercer (and so is a lot less generic than standard assessment centres, but also more challenging and interesting), so includes problems you have to solve throughout the day.

DC Consultant, DC Consulting at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Research the company and job role. So many applicants don't have a clue what we do.

Interview Advice:

I was asked what I thought I'd be doing, which is what most people don't know.

Investment Analyst, Investment Consulting at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Research the pension industry and specifically fiduciary management and how it is changing the landscape.

Interview Advice:

Know about the company and be honest. Ask questions about the role and show interest in the job and sector.

Investment Analyst, Fiduciary Management at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Display a passion for finance and asset management. Show you are a well rounded individual.

Interview Advice:

Know about pensions! Show knowledge of asset management and asset classes etc.

Investment Analyst, at Mercer
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Application Advice:

This role involves a great deal of time management to meet deadlines that are set by your superiors.

Requires good organisational skills, due to juggling a number of tasks.

Can find that you may be exposed to high pressure situations.

Interships are a great foundation in achieving a gratuate position.

Interview Advice:

Read around the role.

Have a good idea of what investment consulting involves.

Know about DB and DC pensions Schemes.

Analyst, Asset Transitions at Mercer
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Application Advice:

It is a big step from University to a role like this, you might feel that you are thrown in at the deep end but it is the best way to learn and it doesn't take you long to get into the swing of things.

Interview Advice:

* Be prepared to discuss any modules you passed that are related to this role including your disseration.
* Be prepared to discuss the reasons why this role interests you, and why you feel you are suited to this role.
* Be prepared to discuss qualities you can bring to this role, eg organisational skills.

Trainee Retirement Consultant, Glasgow at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Be yourself but make sure you know about the role you are applying for.

Be confident in yourself and in knowing what you want.

Know a bit about the industry - not expected to know everything but good to have a little knowledge.

Interview Advice:

Assessment centre included a presentation and a competency interview. Also included worked examples of reviewing an email for spelling mistakes and wording. And had to write a short paper on a question given in the morning by the afternoon. Also had a verbal reasoning test.

Full on day but actually enjoyable and if you put everything into it you get the full benefit of it.

Actual interview was more of a get to know me and whether I'd be suited for the team so did not feel like a proper interview.

Investment Analyst, Pensions Investments at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Research current issues in pensions. You don't have to know too much about the role but you have to have the personal qualities that they are looking for.

Interview Advice:

Current issues in pensions, greatest strength/weakness.

Trainee Actuarial Analyst, Actuarial, Pensions at Mercer
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Application Advice:

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Actuarial Graduate, Retirement, Risk and Finance at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Understand the Pensions industry

Interview Advice:

Understand Pension basics, the main risk/return appetite of pension funds and basic fund management and asset class knowledge

Investment Analyst, Investments at Mercer
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Application Advice:

Know what investment consulting is. It is not stock picking. Be well rounded and realistic with who you are and why you want to work somewhere. Know the industry and company well.

Interview Advice:

Do as much as you can to know exactly what it is the team does. On the telephone interview focus on the wider company. For the business interview just focus on this business line.

Investment Analyst, Investment Consulting at Mercer
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