What finance employers are looking for

22 Jun 2023, 13:20

Take a look at what employers in the finance sector are looking for so you can get your finance job application right.

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Our own research has found that employers find that candidates are not prepared enough for interviews. They tend to be lacking in 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. You can easily remedy this by following the steps we outlined in our skills for a finance job article . 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. Ready-made, 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. Employers won’t expect you to know in-depth facts about the company, but they will expect you to know what the job would actually involve. Read our areas of work overviews
on our finance career sector pages for more information.

Communicate and innovate

Recruiters look for graduates 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. Think of 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 your 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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