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Interview: Tips & Advice (graduates)

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What kind of candidates does your firm look to hire? What tips and advice would you offer potential candidates? How would you recommend candidates best prepare for the interview?

2015

"There is a three step interview process: an online application, online aptitude test and a half-day interview process. The latter included an interview, a presentation, group work and an aptitude test. My advice would be to be prepared."
Graduate, Dublin
"I found the application process to be extremely tough, and that preparation and quick thinking are essential."
Graduate, Dublin
"Speak as much as you can throughout the interview, as you have the opportunity to speak and get your points across. I recommend that you relax too: the people interviewing you would have been in your position at one stage, so they will make it as easy as possible for you to be yourself."
Graduate, Dublin
"Throughout the interview process you should think logically, be friendly and respectful and prove that you're a good team member. Show what you've done in your previous job and how you contributed to the company's success."
Graduate, Dublin
"From my experience, the questions in my interview were largely competency based, and that it is beneficial to use real life examples to back up answers."
Graduate, Dublin
"You should take your time doing the interview tests, but also be confident throughout the group exercises."
Graduate, Dublin

2014

"As with any job application and interview make sure you tailor your application form to the particular job you're applying for, and in order to do these make sure you do your research first. In the interview be very prepared to talk about why you want BOI as opposed to any other bank in Ireland and try and base your answers around examples of situations in your past, be it at work or in college or with a team you play sport with etc."
Graduate, Dublin
"Know your CV well so as to be able to elaborate on previous experience/roles/responsibilities and scenarios, e.g. how you dealt with certain situations such as difficult customers, etc."
Graduate, Dublin
"Take the time to learn about the bank, understanding the problems it has faced, how it has addressed these problems and initiatives taken to ensure its future livelihood."
Graduate, Dublin
"Keep up-to-date with the market and research the company, specifically in regards to its progress post-bailout, and study the changing nature of banking after the crisis."
Graduate, Dublin
"Prepare by looking at the competencies required and thinking of times in the past when they have demonstrated these traits."
Graduate, Dublin
"Be fully aware of current economic and financial happenings, particularly in Ireland."
Finance, Graduate, Dublin
"Candidates should be thorough in the initial application, and in the interview process ensure that they come across as approachable because it is, after all, a relationship management business."
Graduate, Dublin
"Candidates should know their reasons for wanting to work here. Read the Financial Times for a few weeks before the interview, and don't be afraid to promote yourself."
Graduate, Dublin
"My advice for candidates is to be up-to-date with the bank and its positioning, both in the past and now; have a good knowledge of what has happened over the last five years, pre-prepare scenario based questions, and talk positively about the bank's future."
Graduate, Dublin
"My advice would be to have a clear vision of where you could fit in within the company/department you are applying for. Show them why you would be good for the role and be honest."
Graduate, Dublin

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