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Essentra

Finance Graduate, Group Finance at Essentra

Application Advice: Be motivated and prepared for the role applied. Dedication and commitment are essential parts of each graduate role.

Interview Advice: What do you know about the company? Why have you applied for this graduate programme? How would you behave in a complicated situation?

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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American Express

Graduate Financial Analyst, Finance at American Express

Application Advice: Make a good first impression and be personable.

Interview Advice: Have answers prepared for competency questions.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Fidessa

Financial Analyst, Finance at Fidessa

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.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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American Express

American Express

Application Advice: Attention to detail, researching and understanding the company well.

Interview Advice: Demonstrating what you are passionate about, being calm and content to show off your true self.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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American Express

Finance at American Express

Application Advice: Learn about the company, not just the facts, make sure you know why you think you are the best fit and understand why you specifically would want to work for AMEX.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Thomson Reuters

Strategy Analyst, Financial Strategy at Thomson Reuters

Application Advice: Sell hard on business skills, most notable market research and the ability to compile and analyse data. If you can combine skillset with market knowledge of financial services, legal services and understanding of electronic information providers then you are onto a winner.

Interview Advice: The interview for the business graduate scheme is very sales focused, with one analytical section. Ability to generate a coherent story about yourself and a topic you have just learned, and then present this story to an audience will be valuable. Also be prepared to think up and pitch a product to a panel of judges.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Mitchells and Butlers

Finance & Pricing Analyst, Finance at Mitchells and Butlers

Application Advice: Be passionate, confident and don't try to lie to anyone. Have the self awareness to know where you're at in terms of experience. Focus more on where you want to end up and the kind of things you want to achieve. Internal progression is a big thing in finance because of the investment they make in you, in relation to financing your studies.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Sky

Sky

Application Advice: Make sure to show you have an interest in the company and the career you have chosen. Show the core behaviours and provide interesting examples of your use of those behaviours.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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American Express

Financial Analyst, International Business Development at American Express

Application Advice: Know how the company makes money - why partnerships are important - how it adds value to both parties involved.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Sky

Assistant Financial Analyst, at Sky

Application Advice: Always be truthful and read up on the company before applying. Don't make your application generic, make it stand out.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Sky

Assistant Financial Analyst, at Sky

Application Advice: Really try and sell yourself and why your skill set can match what Sky are looking for in its candidates. Show good knowledge of the company as a whole, as well as the Finance side.

Interview Advice: Ensure you have good knowledge of the company and be passionate about what you want to do, whether it be Finance or HR. There are videos and blogs online that I used on the Sky graduate website which helped a lot too, to give me an idea of what to expect.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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FactSet

Senior Consultant, Investment Management at FactSet

Application Advice: Make sure you know which area you are most interested in: IM, IB or FI...consultancy in those broad areas can differ significantly in terms of daily workflow, complexity of projects and the type of clients you deal with.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Bank of England

Bank of England

Application Advice: Do some research on the different areas within the Bank before you apply and make a shortlist of areas you'd like to work in. Once you know what kind of issues they work on/questions they are working to answer, you can better write an application that will make those areas want to interview you. The Organisation Chart which details the different divisions and directorates in the bank is available under "Who We Are" on the Bank of England website (see "Related Links"). Research the areas you're interested in. What does 'success' look like for that area? What questions do they need to answer in order to succeed in their objectives? What challenges might there be in answering those questions and/or achieving their goals? What recent work do you know they've done? Doing this is doubly important when you know which area is interviewing you.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Planning & Steering intern, Financial Planning & Analysis at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Apply early. Apply to many positions.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Allianz Insurance

Finance Graduate, Finance at Allianz Insurance

Application Advice: Do an internship! Show that you are proactive about learning about the company and roll. Get your name out there within the business.

Interview Advice: Research the company properly (Allianz UK specifically, not Allianz Group)

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Bank of England

Analyst, Statistics and Regulatory Data at Bank of England

Application Advice: Remember that you are applying for a company not driven by profit, but to generate the greatest good for the public.

Interview Advice: Learn some economics, or read the FT.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Financial Conduct Authority

Senior Associate, at Financial Conduct Authority

Application Advice: Think carefully about why you're interested in the role and what it means to be working in a public sector organisation rather than in the private sector; prepare questions.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Expedia.com

Business Analytics, Analytics at Expedia.com

Application Advice: Be yourself.

Interview Advice: Research the company's business and who are their partners / competitors.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Berenberg

Graduate Trainee, Equity Research at Berenberg

Application Advice: Make sure you triple check your CV and be very critical of it before submitting. Get others to read it carefully, ideally people who are in the industry (if you have access to those people), so they can give their impression.

Interview Advice: You can never prepare too much, and the more you prepare, the more confident you will be. Have a couple of stock pitches in your head and try to really understand the relevant numbers. Know your CV inside out and be able to explain all your past experience and how it will help you to succeed at Berenberg.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Berenberg

Equity Research Analyst, Research at Berenberg

Application Advice: Research what the role really involves and try to pick a few stocks or a sector that you are already interested in. That way it will help you narrow down which teams you wish to join. Understand the sector and then try to brush up Excel skills and do some financial accounting if possible to understand financial statements. Don't be afraid to take responsibility and volunteer for particular projects.

Interview Advice: Prepare a few stock pitches (reasons for why you like the stock, valuation and view of the sector) to show interest for the role. Read about current events and have a view on implications to stocks/ sector. Practice brainteasers.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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FactSet

Consultant, Client Solutions at FactSet

Application Advice: Do comprehensive research about what the company does, especially you don't have a financial education background.

Interview Advice: Relax, bring out your passion, be a natural.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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FactSet

Consultant, Client Services at FactSet

Application Advice: Be genuine and very inquisitive - there is a lot to learn in this industry. Be a team player and offer help to anyone who needs it.

Interview Advice: Be honest about your limitations. Research the role prior to the interview by asking any of the employees within the office. Have plenty of questions for the panel. Incorporate your personality with your answers,

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Bank of England

Analyst, Financial Stability at Bank of England

Application Advice: You do not need to be an economist or from a "traditional" background, you just need to have a desire to work for an organisation who do difficult work to promote the public good, and the resolve to make the best of challenges.

Interview Advice: The questions I was asked seemed tailored to my level of technical knowledge, so do not be scared of being asked questions on subjects you don't know much about!

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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MUFG

Valuations Control Analyst, Product Control at MUFG

Application Advice: Know which particular position you want to apply for and be able to explain the reasons behind your decision.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Wellcome Trust

Intern, Commercial Finance & Financial Accounting at Wellcome Trust

Application Advice: Have the confidence to talk to anyone if you are curious about what they do in the Trust. There are a lot of passionate, accommodating people who are willing to give their time up if you have an interest in their field.

Interview Advice: Prepare, be ready to talk about what you've done and the competencies you have shown. When you get here relax, it seems to be a universal thing that everyone at the Trust is pleasant so just think about what you're saying and ask questions at the end.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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RB

Finance Graduate, FP&A at RB

Application Advice: If applying for a role at RB, make sure it’s a culture you will be happy and thrive in. Look at the key values to the business and ensure they are instilled in you also. Be passionate about what you do and what you can provide.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Johnson & Johnson

Commercial Trainee, EMEA Region at Johnson & Johnson

Application Advice: The company credo isn't just a marketing ploy. It is genuinely followed throughout the company - so it is very important to mention this in interviews, and demonstrate qualities that are in line with the company Credo.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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FactSet

Consultant, at FactSet

Application Advice: Do research on investment bankers and managers.

Interview Advice: What does a investment banker/manager do and how do they use Factset? Why consulting? Why Factset? Why consulting at Factset?

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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TJX Europe

Financial Analyst, Business Planning at TJX Europe

Application Advice: Do plenty of research on the off price model.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. They only hire nice people!

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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American Express

American Express

Application Advice: Be honest and yourself, make sure your personal qualities fit that of the company.

Interview Advice: Come prepared for competency based questions.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Mitchells and Butlers

Commercial Reporting Analyst, Financial Reporting Centre at Mitchells and Butlers

Application Advice: Show passion and drive and show that you can communicate across all levels.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Sky

Assistant Financial Analyst, Sky Media at Sky

Application Advice: Make sure you research Sky, look at the latest financial results and what's currently going on at the company at the moment, e.g. new products, opportunities, challenges. Be really clear about why Sky, why Finance and what makes the company stand out or different. Look on the company website for the key behaviours that they look for as this could help identify potential questions. Make sure when at interviews and assessment centres you ask lots of questions as this makes you look interested and excited. Also have lots of examples ready for the questions, e.g. examples of when in a team, taken ownership of a task, leadership.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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FactSet

Consultant, UK Investment Management at FactSet

Application Advice: Research the role and FactSet's competitors thoroughly and tailor your responses accordingly.

Interview Advice: This is a client facing role so it is important to come off as confident and professional in the interview.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Jaguar Land Rover

Finance Analyst, Product Development at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Read up on current affairs relating to the company/industry.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Vodafone

Commercial Finance Analyst, Commercial Finance at Vodafone

Application Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Sapient Global Markets

Business Analyst, Trading systems at Sapient Global Markets

Interview Advice: Be yourself and prepare some business cases.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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GE

Financial Planning and Anlysis Intern, Oil and Gas FP&A at GE

Application Advice: General application advice follows in this scenario as well. Make sure your application is edited and checked, as well as truthful. GE likes candidates form all backgrounds, as long as they can demonstrate an affinity (even if they have no direct experience) to the role and the GE way of working. Anything you can mention in you application about running improvement projects or simplifying processes - regardless of context - will earn you bonus points here.

Interview Advice: With the phone interview, the most important thing to show is that you want the role and want to take it further than its job description. It will be a standard, fairly relaxed competency based call, but aside from key skills and experiences, the interviewer will be looking for examples of proactivity and a passion to perform. With the face to face, the interviewer is concerned about confidence (as one would expect), but also that you can demonstrate an ability with the core functions of the role. For an analytical role for example, you will probably be asked to demonstrate how you would work out some analytical based problems (for example, the number of people passing through arrivals at an international airport per x amount of time).

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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RBS

Finance Reporting Analyst, Finance Technology at RBS

Application Advice: Keen to learn and develop quickly. Eye for detail and good analytical skills. Lots of passion.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and be honest. Accept if you do not know anything. Confidence in what you are saying matters a lot. Most importantly - do your homework about the company and the department/role.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Societe Generale

Trainee, Coverage – Natural Resources & Utilities at Societe Generale

Application Advice: Have "serious looking" CV. Enhance your previous professional experience.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, be interesting, It's not only about your knowledge but also about who you are, if you can fit with the team. Be prepared to answer "basic" technical questions/resolve a case study (know your financial statements, train yourself to mental calculation...) Be aware of what's going on in the market (main companies, oil prices etc.)

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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FactSet

Consultant, Hedge and Boutique Funds at FactSet

Application Advice: Be genuine- the company is full of individuals so don't worry about previous commercial experience.

Interview Advice: Do you know FactSet share price/ CEO? Talk us through your CV. Tell us a time you have experienced a difficult customer in a client facing role. How did you deal with this? Why FactSet/ why the role?

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Bank of England

Research Assistant, Monetary Analysis at Bank of England

Application Advice: Be honest, be friendly and approachable - they look for personality as well as knowledge. Use different examples for each question, don't repeat yourself.

Interview Advice: Research the Bank of England before hand, show you know the information about the structure of the Bank and the Bank's "pillars". There is an excel test, so brush up on simple excel. The group exercise is simple, just don't overshadow anyone and try and include every member of your team. The interview is relaxed, don't worry too much. There are two interviewers, one from HR who will ask the comprehensive questions, such as "tell me a time when you... (were a team player)" etc.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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MUFG

MUFG

Application Advice: Be professional.

Interview Advice: They want to see your atitude and personality more than your knowledge about market. Don't pretend like you know everything.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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FactSet

Software Engineer, Content Integration at FactSet

Application Advice: Understand what we do at FactSet and then tell us why you will be good at doing that.

Interview Advice: Know your data structures and algorithms. Understand what FactSet does and why you want to work here.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Anglian Water

Graduate Assistant Pricing Manager, Income and Tariffs at Anglian Water

Application Advice: Understand the water industry and the challenges and changes that are going to be happening in the future. Know about the sector's regulator and understand the relationship between the company and the regulator. Be yourself and have a genuine interest in finance or economics.

Interview Advice: Explain any answers you give in detail and show that you understand how you could have improved in that situation or what that situation taught you. Have some background knowledge about the type of work that you will be doing and having key examples of how you have completed similar work previously or where you have shown relevant skills. Try and be upbeat throughout the interview, even if you think you answered a question badly. Focus on the next one and keep going :)

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Bank of England

Risk Analyst, Markets at Bank of England

Application Advice: Really understand what the Bank does. That doesn't mean thinking back to your first year economics modules, but rather research the Bank, all of its roles and what it has/is doing at the moment. Other than that, stay calm and try to show your personality. Everyone can show they are smart enough for the job, but few can show that they're a nice/interesting/generally not an annoying person to work with.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Financial Analyst, Finance Reinsurance EMEA at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: They must have an excellent university degree and an intersting curriculum. Standard CV's do not help to set oneself apart from other candidates. Having an intersting personality helps a lot.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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E.ON

Change and Group Initiatives Analyst, Commercial Finance at E.ON

Application Advice: It's more about your behaviours than your qualifications. If you are the right cultural fit, you stand a great chance.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Berenberg

Graduate Trainee, Equity research at Berenberg

Application Advice: Understand/be updated about current affairs.

Interview Advice: Interest rates, QE

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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JLL

Graduate Analyst, Real Estate Banking Advisory at JLL

Application Advice: Prepare well for the interviews. You are bound to be asked why property, why JLL and lots of competency based questions. On assessment day there was a group task, interview and excel test.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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HSBC Bank Plc

Commercial Graduate Trainee, MME Manchester at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Be honest and put forward all customer service based roles you have had (no matter how big or small).

Interview Advice: Speak clearly, no mumbling, be confident.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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MUFG

Analyst, Operations at MUFG

Application Advice: Be honest and make the application process personal to you.

Interview Advice: You don't have to know everything about finance, but it's good to keep up to date with what's going on in the markets.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Laing O'Rourke

Business Analyst, at Laing O’Rourke

Application Advice: Don’t hesitate to apply with degrees that are not engineering related! The business takes people with very different background to interview stage.

Interview Advice: The interview process has been quite standard, with an assessment centre on top of phone interviews: Be ready to display motivation and a sound understanding of the everyday life in a business. Having a 5-years ambition is appreciated, even if the recruiters are aware that this might change. Money is, to my knowledge, not being discussed during the interview process, but the salaries are very competitive.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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E.ON

E.ON

Application Advice: Do research on the company.

Interview Advice: Practice presentation skills.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Jaguar Land Rover

Finance Analyst, Product Development at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Show off your extra-curricular activities.

Interview Advice: Ensure you read any recent news articles about projects the company is undertaking.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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MUFG

Analyst, at MUFG

Interview Advice: Admit it when you don't know.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Vodafone

Finance Analyst, at Vodafone

Application Advice: Look at Vodafones core values and try to apply them to your past experiences. Be relaxed, they aren't looking for someone who could be defined as 'Mr Corporate'.

Interview Advice: Generic Competency Questions - Leadership, teamwork, strategy. Don't waffle, just answer the question.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Procter & Gamble

Customer Team Finance Manager, at Procter & Gamble

Application Advice: Make sure you practice and nail the tests.

Interview Advice: Always answer in a Context, Action, Result format.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Robert Walters

Manager – Accounting & Finance, Accounting & Finance at Robert Walters

Application Advice: Always ask questions

Interview Advice: Be yourself

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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National Grid

Financial Analyst, at National Grid

Application Advice: Ensure you have understood the company regulatory framework. Be enthusiastic and express passion for energy and potential.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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GE

FMP, Finance at GE

Application Advice: Understand what you're signing up to and what is expected from you. Research company background and what's going on in the news.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, understand company culture and demonstrate willingness to learn and adapt.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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GE

FMP, at GE

Application Advice: Have a genuine interest in the company culture

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Willis Towers Watson

Investment Analyst, DC Pensions at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Make sure you have a good maths background.

Interview Advice: Be confident.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Willis Towers Watson

Investment Analyst, Reigate at Willis Towers Watson

Application Advice: Make sure Investment consultancy is the field you want to be.

Interview Advice: Don't be nervous when they try to rack you!

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Mercer

Financial Strategy Analyst, Financial Strategy Group at Mercer

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

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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GE

FMP, Cash at GE

Application Advice: be curious

Interview Advice: know the company, and the products

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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GE

FMP, Corporate Finance (FMP Program) at GE

Application Advice: Build up your leadership skills, participate a lot in extra-curricular's, and think about your growth and development as a process and be able to discuss your development over time.

Interview Advice: Be able to discuss the above.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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BP

Commercial Analyst, Exploration Performance at BP

Application Advice: Use any industrial experience you have and apply it to BP.

Interview Advice: Be confident in your answers. Don't be afraid to disagree with your interviewer/group.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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GE

Financial Management Program, at GE

Application Advice: Write a covering letter that emphasises an interest in operating globally, facing challenges and some previous interest or experience in Finance. A finance course at university is NOT a prerequisite, enthusiasm is.

Interview Advice: Understand and embrace GEs core values. Be energetic, engaging and interested. Learn about GEs main operations and the cohesion of businesses.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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GlaxoSmithKline

Finance Analyst, Global Manufacturing and Supply at GlaxoSmithKline

Application Advice: Research the role and what it actually means before applying

Interview Advice: Confidence and calmness are key

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Mazars LLP

Quantitative Consultant, Banking Consulting at Mazars LLP

Application Advice: Be thorough

Interview Advice: Be honest and ask questions

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Thomson Reuters

Strategy Associate, Commodities, Financial & Risk at Thomson Reuters

Application Advice: Assess your strengths and weaknesses in light of the companies core values: Trust; Partnership; Innovation; Performance. Demonstrate how you have already OR intend to use and share your knowledge to help serve others.

Interview Advice: Be clear on how you intend to bring your unique perspective to the company and use it to benefit all those concerned.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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HSBC Bank Plc

Fixed Income Strategist, Global Research at HSBC Bank Plc

Application Advice: Know the difference between roles in a bank. They are not the same and suit very different personality types

Interview Advice: Why HSBC? Why Research? All applicants have great academic track records, what makes you different/better?

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Capital One

Business Analyst, at Capital One

Application Advice: Communication is key. Be numerically capable. Don't have an ego.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Capital One

Operations Data Analyst, Operations at Capital One

Application Advice: honesty

Interview Advice: focus on showing innovative and logical work methods in case studies, this is more important than the answers

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Capital One

Business Analyst, Marketing at Capital One

Application Advice: Learn how to do business case studies that you can find online, our interview process is based around them.

Interview Advice: When doing a business case study, always show your working, discuss things with the interviewer and make sure that you are acting interested in the job and asking questions at every opportunity. The most important advice I can give is that if you make a mistake and notice, go back and find it rather than getting in a fluster. This is a key skill that we look for in a candidate.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Finance Manager, Reinsurance FP&A at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

Application Advice: Be open for continuous learning, have some working experience already when applying, show your potential and what you would like to contribute and achieve.

Interview Advice: Be yourself and honest - the company seeks talents with potential, not finished products that "know it all".

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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E.ON

Finance Analyst, Obligation Finance at E.ON

Application Advice: Do your research about the company, competitors and industry as a whole.

Interview Advice: Don't be afraid to make bold statements, so long as you can justify what you are saying. And more importnantly, be natural and yourself at the interview

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Thales

Financial Analyst, Finance Team at Thales

Application Advice: Research the company - vague statements about Thales will not help. Know about the size, scope and chosen industries for Thales, and pick some projects which personally interest you.

Interview Advice: Be confident but don't lie or brag, I was at a group interview where it was obvious people were doing this and was not well received by the other applicants and (I assume) the assessors. Ask questions - if you do not know the answer, say so, then ask for the interviewer to explain. Most interviewers will respect the fact you were open that you didn't know, and be more than willing to explain things. Trying to bluff your way through is obvious and ill-advised.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Nationwide

Corporate Graduate – Analyst, Information Management at Nationwide

Application Advice: Focus more on general skills which can be applied to many different areas rather than specific technical experience. Try and relate experiences to the company ethos.

Interview Advice: Prepare answers to standard competency questions, there are far more of these than technical questions. Be prepared for group work/debates; stand out without dominating.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Nationwide

Treasury Graduate, Treasury at Nationwide

Application Advice: Research mutual sector. Understand the difference between us and banks.

Interview Advice: Understand PRIDE

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Lockheed Martin UK

Financial Analyst, Programme Finance at Lockheed Martin

Application Advice: Be a quantitative person, more interested in forecasts than basic accounting

Interview Advice: Multiple Excel based competency questions

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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WM Morrisons

Finance Graduate, Financial Planning at WM Morrisons

Application Advice: Be confident, try to learn as much as you can, don't be afraid to make mistakes as long as you learn from it, most of all - enjoy and make the most of it.

Interview Advice: Know the industry, don't be afraid to voice your opinion, be confident.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Financial Conduct Authority

Communications assistant, at Financial Conduct Authority

Application Advice: It's difficult to get in but once you do you will be given a chance to show your worth and develop.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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E.ON

Business Risk Analyst, Commodity Risk at E.ON

Application Advice: Research the company competencies and think of ways to relate your degree to working within the industry

Interview Advice: Ensure you have knowledge over the key issues that are facing the industry. Be confident and focus on what you sets you apart from other candidates.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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MUFG

Analyst, Equity at MUFG

Interview Advice: Consider how you can add value to the team on a day-to-day basis, while always making sure that it also helps you in your development as a sales.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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E.ON

Commercial analyst, Finance at E.ON

Application Advice: Prepare. Know the business, its competitors, know the role you're applying for, have answers ready to potential questions.

Interview Advice: Be prepared - see above. Communicate clearly, make your point and move on.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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E.ON

Finance Analyst – Planning & Reporting, New Business Finance at E.ON

Application Advice: It is beneficial to know about the energy market and the external factors influencing it. It may not appear relevant at times but they will have a direct impact on the company strategy and the future financing decisions.

Interview Advice: Stand out from the crowd. Demonstrate the attributes required in the spec and when giving competency based answers stick to the STAR formula.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Jaguar Land Rover

Finance Analyst, Global Business Expansion at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Be able to describe why you would choose a manufacturer for a finance role as opposed to financial service providers... Be passionate about the products!

Interview Advice: Be sincere, be candid and be open. Be passionate

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Centrica

Graduate Analyst, Midstream at Centrica

Application Advice: This is a good company to work for if you are looking for a career in utilities or banking/finance but are also looking to avoid the high pressure environments ad lack of work=life balance that come with other investment banks etc.

Interview Advice: Understand the companies core business model. There is a focus on soft skills, more likely to be asked about "a time when you were challenged" than to solve a numerical puzzle, which is unusual for a numeric job!

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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National Grid

Financial Analyst, Management Reporting at National Grid

Application Advice: Try to demonstrate a wide range of soft skills, as it is this skillset that will set you apart from other applicants, not academic success.

Interview Advice: Try to make friends with your fellow candidates as it is a two day assessment centre, so developing a rapport with a couple of people really helps you relax and also enjoy the downtime between tasks. Also research the challenges facing the energy sector in the future, and how these will affect National Grid.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Mitchells and Butlers

Commercial Analyst, Financial Planning & Analysis at Mitchells and Butlers

Application Advice: To be yourself. the assessors are very good at spoting coercive behaviour and are put off by candidates trying to be something they are not

Interview Advice: A good knowledge of food and drink retailers and a passion of eating/drinking.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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GE

RMP Associate, Risk at GE

Application Advice: Understand the organization and the businesses it operates in, and the fundamentals of risk nowadays.

Interview Advice: Try to understand GE's culture

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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EMC

Business Analyst, Partner Support Centre at EMC

Application Advice: Stand out and be different in your own way

Interview Advice: Be yourself, but professional

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Rolls-Royce

Financial Analyst, at Rolls-Royce

Application Advice: Good presentation skills, strong financial skills, leadership, enthusiam

Interview Advice: Questions on financial results, give a presentation about myself, group presentation with other interviewees, writing exercise

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Boots

Commercial Finance Assistant, Boots International at Boots

Application Advice: Note all relevant international experience on your CV, a strong CV was crucial to applying for this role.

Interview Advice: You will be given a presentation to prepare and then there are a series of different activities on the assessment day. The best advice is to be yourself!

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Arcadia Group

Finance Analyst, Brand at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Put lots of effort into researching before you write the answers - although don't leave it too long as applications sometimes close not too soon after opening. Make sure you practice numerical testing as if you fail this then it will automatically terminate your application!

Interview Advice: Learn as much as you can about the business and all the various brands. The only other advise is to be really friendly and enthusiastic - it seems that these are the two main things they are looking for in new grads.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Arcadia Group

Finance Analyst, Retail Finance at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: Research the company. Demonstrate a passion for working here. Research the retail industry and environment.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Arcadia Group

Finance Analyst, Finance at Arcadia Group

Application Advice: - Make sure you understand all the brands within the group and their competitors. - Research problems and opportunities facing the retail industry. - Brush up on your maths.

Interview Advice: - Be confident and friendly. - Ask questions and be interested. - Don't panick - Interviewers are looking for logical thinking.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Jaguar Land Rover

Finance Analyst in Global Business Expansion, Global Business Expansion at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Get your application in early. JLR are good at responding, so the earlier you get your application in the earlier you will hear from the company. When answering the longer questions, vary your experiences. Use academia, work experience, sport etc. to back up any answers.

Interview Advice: Learn about the company, show that you are aware of JLR's recent news.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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John Lewis Partnership

Finance Analyst, Financial Control at John Lewis Partnership

Application Advice: Spend a lot of time on the application questions. Ensure that your answers are tailored to the partnership and aren't just generic answers. On competency questions really focus on the part you played when describing the situation that occured.

Interview Advice: Phone Interview very similar to the application questions so make sure you refresh them. Face to Face interview at the final stage is very much about the Partnership getting a gage of what you are like as a person rather than what you know.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Jaguar Land Rover

Finance Analyst, Product Development Finance at Jaguar Land Rover

Application Advice: Spend plenty of time and thought on the application form, and make sure the questions are all fully answered. At the assessment centre, just relax, nothing will be too hard and if you get really stuck just ask for help!

Interview Advice: Role Play, 1 on 1 interview, Group Exercise and Psychometric Testing.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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FP&A Global Supply Chain Internship, Global Supply Chain at GE

Application Advice: Be aware of company values and prepare examples of when you displayed them. Do not use slang in the interview Commercial awareness is good as an interview talking point. Communicate clearly and slowly - your will be working with people whose first language is not English so you must have a clear speaking voice.

Interview Advice: Give an example of when you displayed these characteristics.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Finance Intern, Finance at GE

Application Advice: Be confident in you own abilities, but don't assume you know everything. There are always opportunities to improve and learn new things, especially in such a fast-paced environment. Really make sure that you understand your responsibilities at the start and don't just perform processes with no understanding of why they are being done. Try to participate is as many opportunities as possible and embrace the culture of the company.

Interview Advice: Just the usual advice; for example be confident, make eye contact, shake hands, etc. Also, try to find common ground if possible, for example, if the conversation fillers are about hobbies, etc. before and after the interview. Make sure you really know the company inside out and show you want to work there, you must be passionate. Be prepared for all the questions you think may come up and be ready to give examples of where you have showcased certain talents previously.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Finance Apprentice, Finance at Sky

Application Advice: Sell yourself really well. Shout about how good you are but without going too over the top. Answer all questions in as much detail as you can and read over all your answers on the online application before submitting them.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Sky love to see people with a bit of character. Obviously it is important to be suited to the job but personality is very important too. Prep for your interview well and research Sky. It's refreshing to see that people are interested in the company that they are applying to work for.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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Apprentice – Research Assistant, SRDD at Bank of England

Application Advice: Do practice verbal reasoning and numerical tests.

Interview Advice: Do a mock interview with questions the actual interviewer is likely to ask, don't worry too much if the video interview doesn't go too well, make sure you contribute to the teams you're put in when in the assessment centre without being overbearing and make sure you do research on the company before the interview.

Industry: Banking and Finance, Financial Analysis

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