What employers are looking for

Employers don’t need to know that you want a job, they know that already. What they want to know is why you are the right fit to work for them.

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Our own research has shown
that employers find candidates
are not well prepared when it
comes to having a good knowledge of
the work that the company does, and
why they would be the right fit to join
the team. This can indicate a lack of
interest in that specific job. But this is
something you can easily remedy by
following the steps we outlined on
pages 6–7.
Employers are looking for
candidates who have prepared for the
interview process and have put
thought into their career plans.

Be prepared

Again, this is down to you having
done your research on the employer
to which you are applying. Readymade,
bland, generic interview
answers or statements on paper are
very apparent to recruiters. As a
finance graduate, or a graduate who
wants to get into the finance sector,
you’ll be expected to learn quickly and
adapt to changing environments.
They won’t expect you to know indepth
facts about the company, but
they will expect you to know what the
job would actually involve. Again, read
our areas of work overviews on page
20 and visit the finance career sector
pages on gradireland.com for more

Communicate & innovate

Recruiters want graduate recruits
who can think for themselves. While
financial organisations are well
established in their processes, they
are constantly refining them to
improve how the business works. Can
you provide examples of when you
innovated or communicated a way to
change something for the better,
perhaps in a student society or on a
sports team? Remember, in the
finance sector you need to be able to
communicate complex information in
a straightforward and clear manner,
to both colleagues and clients.
Recruiters will be assessing how you
do this through your CV or application
form, how you relate to others at
assessment centres and of course
how you present yourself at interview.

Be commercially aware

This goes back to being prepared,
doing your research and knowing
what the company is about. It also
comes from having a commercial
awareness of the basics of business.
This can also relate to your non-academic
experience; your successful
part time job where you did such a
good job that the boss asked you to
come back to work weekends. Or the
time you successfully served as
treasurer for your football or hockey
team. These are all examples of you
taking responsibility and delivering.

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