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Interview Questions

2017

"There are no silly questions such as: if you were a colour what colour would you be? I had to go into quite a lot of detail of the phases of the implementation process. I didn't know all of it and I had to think on the spot, but you can prepare quite a lot if you go through Alfa's website in detail."
Entry level, Los Angeles
"I would advise candidates to speak clearly and confidently about what they did at university and during any work placements. They should also thoroughly research the work that Alfa does for its clients."
Mid level, Los Angeles
"There were questions regarding the asset finance industry, what the company does and how it makes its money."
Entry level, London
"How does Alfa make money? What sort of challenges might we face when migrating data? These were from the second face-to-face interview, the first one is more of a discussion about you and the general role of an IT consultant."
Graduate, Los Angeles, California
"What kinds of asset finance are there? What is a commonly financed asset? Describe an asset finance lifecycle. How can asset finance companies afford to offer financial products with 0% interest?"
Graduate, London
"The usual questions about my background, degree and similar. There were also questions about the asset finance industry and how to deploy software at large organisations. Online resources really help with these."
Graduate, London
"Why do people offer asset finance? Why would a client pay Alfa for our software? How much does a typical project cost a client?"
Consulting, Graduate, London
"Although you will be asked about yourself and your background, this is more of a chat and a chance for the team to get to know a bit about you as a person. The questions revolve around what we do as a company and the lifecycle of a project. Learn some more about asset finance and read about exactly what the product does. What services are we providing to our clients and why do they need us? The second interview may be slightly more technical and require a small amount of problem solving but there's unlikely to be anything abstract. It may be about how we charge our clients or how we provide better automation for a business."
Graduate, London

2015

"Throughout my interview I was asked to explain a little about what Alfa does, and what I thought my role would be on a daily basis. There were some slightly technical questions about asset finance, but nothing that couldn't be learned from a few website searches beforehand."
Junior Consultant, London
"I was asked lots of questions on testing ideas about the asset finance industry."
Consultant, London
"I felt that the different interviews were quite unique. The first was mainly to check that people knew what the job they've applied for was. The second checks that people have researched the industry - asking about what the asset finance industry does, for instance. The final interview was more about how the company works within the industry."
Junior Consultant, Auckland
"While there was a focus on questions about defining asset finance and its role in day-to-day life, and the service that Alfa provide, I was also asked general background questions about my academic life and previous employment. This was in addition to questions about project organisation/management."
Junior Consultant, London
"The aim of most of the interview questions was to see how much research I'd done about Alfa and the asset finance industry in general. There were also lots of questions about my personal interests and experiences. This wasn't to ascertain how good a software developer I was, but just to see if I would be a good fit for the company."
Consultant, London
"I was asked what Alfa do, who their competitors are, what my degree was and how is it useful to working here."
Consultant, London
"The main focus of my interview was knowledge of asset finance: defining it, why I wanted to work in it, and where it is. This was alongside my commercial awareness of the firm, such as how it makes money and how it is broken down, and why our clients need our product."
Consultant, London
"I was asked to show my knowledge on Alfa, and why it charges what it does for projects, and what would be involved in said projects. This was in addition to telling my interviewers about the different types of asset finance that ALFA administers. I then had to tell my interviewer general information about my background."
Consultant, Auckland

2014

"I was asked about my background, why I wanted to work for the company and was asked questions about consulting in general as well as the asset finance industry."
Midlevel, London
"Questions in my interview were mostly about the asset finance industry and some related logic problems."
Midlevel, London
"In addition to the usual competency side of the interviews, it was clear that my interviewers wanted to find out whether I would be a good fit for the company culture as well as the role, and whether I would be happy at Alfa."
Entry level, London
"The first interview contained questions about myself generally and my studies. A little bit of knowledge about the industry and the company was needed - to make sure you knew what you were applying for. The second interview with the director and operational board member was more rigorous. This required a more thorough understanding of the company, what the company does, what the clients do and why they want to use Alfa's services, and what asset finance is."
Graduate, London
"Among other things, I was asked about myself and my background, I was asked what I knew about asset finance, and I was asked a few hypothetical technical questions (nothing that required particular technical knowledge, more logic problems)."
Midlevel, London
"I was asked about my understanding of what the company did, why I wanted to work for the company and why I thought I would be a worthy addition to the company."
Midlevel, London
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