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Old 06-01-2012, 07:59 AM
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So I finally got an interview for the job I've been trying to get right out of college(Graduated May 2009; BBA Fin/ECO 3.89GPA). It's a financal analyst position. I keep going through all these interview questions and I'm starting to worry all my answers are going to sound more and more fake. I think there's a fine line between preparing so you don't come accross as if you'd never considered their questions, and being too prepared that you don't take the questions to heart.

It's funny that you probably interview best for the jobs you don't care that much for because you're much less nervous. I'm really lucky that I'm getting this opportunity in this environment because they're so many experienced financial professionals out there who need work (or a better job).
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I interview people all the time, and 90% of them SUCK!!! You have to have canned answers as a guide, you have to practice with someone, so you dont babel on, or sound dumb.....Have a list of 20-30 potential questions with decent answers, that you can just fire off..... You would be surprised how poorly most people prepare.
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make a personal, human connection with the interviewer
makes all the difference
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make a personal, human connection with the interviewer
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Plus 10 milligrams of Xanax. Just sayin'.
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Best of luck.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:21 AM
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About 15 years ago I was told that I should do 2 interviews a year and make one of them with a competitor, even if you aren't looking for another job. It keeps you sharp on the interview skills and give you a chance to assess the competition.

I have already done my quota for the year on interviews...
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make a personal, human connection with the interviewer
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i interview people with some regularity for my business; when i hear a canned answer, i cross them out. being authentic is more important than sounding right.
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i interview people with some regularity for my business; when i hear a canned answer, i cross them out. being authentic is more important than sounding right.
You have to have a starting point ... I hate asking questions and all you get is Ummm. ummm ummm... and then some BS.... If someone cant say what they liked most about majoring in Finance in 3 min without stumbling, they have not prepared. Not scripted but you have to know what you are going to say before you say it.... How do you handle conflict.... an angrey customer.... You have to have those answers already thought out.

Or ..Tell me about a situation where you have been in disagreement with your boss or supervisor? How did you handle it? what was the outcome.... I get no response 90% of the time.... So my follow up is, so you have been working for 20 years and never disagreed with a boss? They pretty much know at that point they are done.
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Best of luck!!!

Out of curiosity, what industry is it in?

Hope it all goes well.

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Just be a genuine person, don't be an ass. I can tell within the first minute if I would even consider hiring someone, and have only made ONE hiring mistake so far, and that was because it was a friend of one of my guys, and despite my early concerns, he recommended him. I should have stuck with my gut.

So, if the interviewer is like me....make the first few minutes count.
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Just be a genuine person, don't be an ass. I can tell within the first minute if I would even consider hiring someone, and have only made ONE hiring mistake so far, and that was because it was a friend of one of my guys, and despite my early concerns, he recommended him. I should have stuck with my gut.

So, if the interviewer is like me....make the first few minutes count.
Have you read "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell?

Pretty interesting.
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Go over your answer and if you have somebody to practice with it will help you. They will hear all the "umm's" and things that you won't catch yourself saying. You need to be confident and personable. These people have to work with whomever they hire so they will hire somebody they think they like. They can look at your resume and see if you are smart enough before you show up to the interview. You need to sell yourself to the interviewer.
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So, how did it go? What have you been doing the past 3 years?
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Thanks for all of the advice. It was the second phone interview with the department head and the portfolio manager. I think it was an 7-8 out of 10. I've recently completed a "meetings with management" course with the Federal Reserve where they video tape you. I do say ummm a lot, and I tend to speak quickly so I tried to dial that down.

I think I surprised them a little with the technical questions, but I don't feel confident I made a personal connection with either one. It's tough when it’s a phone interview and there are two interviewers.

The idea of doing two interviews a year is a great idea. My last interview was two years ago for my current job (financial examiner; State-bank regulatory agency), so I may have been a little rusty.

I have read Blink by Malcolm Gladwell (as well outliers and tipping point, i like outliers has been the most useful for me, but The tipping point is the most intriguing). I think I would have drove myself crazy thinking of all the signals I was unconsciously sending.

One question that threw me off a little was: "what could we tell you about our office that would make you not want to work here?" I mentioned high levels of provision expenses and loan losses because it would jeopardize job security.

All in all, I thought it was a solid 8/10 and consequently feel about 70-80% sure I'll be granted an in-person interview. I've already spent $950 on a suit from Brooks Brothers (1818 collection - Madison 3-button) so I really hope I get to put it to use.

Thanks for all of the replies; I'm going to try to put each one to use if I get the follow-up interview.
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$950 for 1 suit!!!!......... I guess that alone tells me that most folks on this site make about 10x what I did when I was balls to the wall...Good for you man! You make all the $$$ you can, then retire early!
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I love those 1818 suits. I bought two when I graduated and now can't fit into them. But I usually only have to wear slacks a shirt and keep a tie on the door for when clients drop by.
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$950 for 1 suit!!!!......... I guess that alone tells me that most folks on this site make about 10x what I did when I was balls to the wall...Good for you man! You make all the $$$ you can, then retire early!
Ha. I work for the State, so um...yeah, I'm really rolling in it

I know I didn't get a great deal (signed up for their store card for 15% off, I'll Cancel that right after the payment).

I'm a bigger guy, so I'm thinking I need to wear an extra nice suit to make up for my lack of sex appeal.

I'll keep everyone posted if I get a follow-up call.
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I got the follow-up call for the in-person interview. I did the in-person interview and got the offer last week!

Thanks for all the advise. I tried to practice some breathing techniques before the interview and really tried to make a personal connection without sounding fake. Again, thanks for all advise!
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I got the follow-up call for the in-person interview. I did the in-person interview and got the offer last week!

Thanks for all the advise. I tried to practice some breathing techniques before the interview and really tried to make a personal connection without sounding fake. Again, thanks for all advise!
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