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Interview: Tips & Advice

2019

"There's a telephone interview, an assessment day (that consists of two face-to-face interviews), a group presentation and a logic test. For both interviews my advice would be to carry out in-depth research on the company and training programmes involved etc. Be friendly and engaging and be open to new opportunities."
HR, Entry level, Newry
"The key thing for me is to learn about the Kx Platform or Other Vender Technologies on the trading side, depending on which you are interested in. Then consider the kind of role you would like to perform. FD offers a range of roles and locations, it's up to you to be honest and upfront about the kind of role you would want to perform."
Mid level, New York
"I first applied to FD with an online CV upload and some general questions about my university background. Following this, I was contacted to arrange a telephone interview. Over the phone, I answered some questions on the impetus for applying, what my view on the role was and my educational background. The next stage was a face-to-face interview that was simply a more in-depth version of the telephone interview. My tips for applying are to brush up on your knowledge of FD, know what we do and be yourself. Prep yourself on what you can bring to the company, and how your degree or background can help you out with the job."
Graduate, Newry
"The interview process is pretty straightforward. There is an initial telephone interview and then also a Skype interview or face-to-face one if you're located within a commutable distance. I would recommend doing your research beforehand and being prepared with a background on the company and the training programme involved with the grad schemes."
Mid level, Newry, NI
"Apply online on the company website. You just need a CV so the process is very quick in comparison to others. My advice is to research the company thoroughly."
Mid level, Newry
"The interview involves two face-to-face interviews at HQ in Newry, a logic test and a group exercise. Company knowledge is a very important factor so make sure you do your research."
Graduate, London

2018

"I uploaded my CV online and then had a telephone interview followed by a face-to-face interview and logic test. It is important to complete thorough company research and to sell yourself well. Highlight your confidence, communication and team-working abilities."
Human Resources, Graduate, Newry
"The interview process was short and concise. I attended an interview session in Newry where I met two HR representatives, sat a logic test and participated in a group exercise. In preparation, I would advise being confident in your own ability, speak about your past experience and spend some time researching FD in advance."
Graduate, Dublin
"It's a straightforward application process where you apply online and have interviews by telephone. Research FD and the CMTP prior to your interview."
Graduate, Stockholm
"I would recommend covering all aspects of the company in detail."
Entry level, Newry

2014

"I would recommend researching the company and really understand what it is that First Derivatives provides."
Midlevel, Toronto
"Know the company and what they do. Know the products they sell and the companies they are partnered with. Know which stream you are interested in joining and why."
Finance, Experienced, New York
"Read a bit about the company and where they're going. If you don't currently keep up-to-date with the news, have a read because some of the interviews ask your opinion on events which have happened in the last few days/weeks in global affairs. Practise the thought process for a few logical problems - i.e. estimating the number of planes flying over the UK, number of petrol stations in the UK, etc. Hitting the right answer isn't important but having a good logical thought process is!"
Capital Markets, Midlevel, Sydney
"Researching the company is key to success, all information is on their website. Being polite and friendly and showing a genuine keen interest in the company and what they do will help a lot."
HR, Intern, Newry
"Before the interview, read up about recent news on the company, research financial lingo and basic concepts. During the interview try to be relaxed."
Graduate, Newry
"First Derivatives want people who can work hard but also have a good personality. If you are applying for the graduate programme you should probably be willing to travel - as there are great opportunities for this."
Graduate, Newry
"Be confident in your experience and be able to talk convincingly around all the information detailed on your CV."
Entry level, Montreal
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