Financial Services Interviews: How to ACE them!

Posted by Red Tree on 23/11/18 in Advice & Tips

You are an experienced finance professional who has qualified, and progressed in your career, in your current company.

The time has come to move on – career progression has stalled, location move, a new challenge – there can be many reasons, all valid.

CV goes out, you chat and meet with recruiters, and then…..you get the call to interview.

It is quite normal for experienced and talented candidates to feel a sense of dread at this point. Many have only had an interview at the time of graduate recruitment and feel they are ill-prepared to meet prospective employers.

But let’s break down the process to remove any unnecessary fear.

The employer in question requires a certain expertise for the advertised role. They have reviewed your CV and believe you have a reasonable amount if not all of the experience that is required.

Employers are pragmatic and realise they may have to compromise on the exact experience required. This is why it is very important that the level of experience in any given subject on your CV is accurate.

So, both you and your prospective employer have a mutual reason to meet, hence the interview.

Now relax!

Start to view this as a business meeting.

What is it you possess that the employer is interested in?

Have your facts and examples of expertise thought out in advance.

Make sure your answers can be detailed but concise. Your expertise in a particular field is factual. This is the basis for getting the interview. However, having the correct level of expertise is not a guarantee of getting the role – they must want you ‘the person’ as well.

Therefore, it is hugely important to be your “professional” self in the meeting.

Act as you would act in a meeting with your current managers – be prepared, be informative, be approachable, be helpful, be a listener.

You must show an interest in the role, the company and the interviewers.

They must also see the real you! If they decide to offer you the role, it’s important that their vision of you as their employee/colleague is accurate. You also need to take time to reflect on the interviewers – are they the people you want to spend the next number of years of your career with?

I am a firm believer that if the role and company are right for you the process will progress.


To view our recent roles in Financial Services, click here. 

If you would like some pre-interview tips, read our blog for some expert tips.

If you need some advice on asking questions during interviews, we have a blog for that too.

To get in touch with Martin Byrne, our Head of Financial Recruitment,

contact 01 5541294 or email martin@redtree.ie