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Interview: Tips & Advice

2017

"Make sure that you read up about who Alfa are and what Alfa does. Most of the research I did was through the website. The first interview mostly covers Alfa as a company and the final one is more challenging and focuses on asset finance questions."
Graduate, London
"Do background research around Alfa and the asset finance industry."
Graduate, London
"The application process is simple and free from the condescending hoops that other companies make applicants jump through (assessment centres, skills-based interview questions etc). The first stage is a covering letter and CV followed by a phone interview and then two face-to-face interviews prior to an offer."
Mid level, Los Angeles
"There's a short telephone interview followed by an in-person interview with HR and a senior manager in the London office. This is then followed by an interview with two members of the operational board of the company. Make sure to do your research on the asset finance industry and accept that you won't know the answer to every question."
Entry level, London
"Compared to other companies I applied to this was the most straightforward. It started with a CV and covering letter and this was followed by a telephone interview and two face-to-face interviews. No tests are required. Read up on what exactly being an asset finance specialist means and try to understand how the software benefits the industry from the perspective of a client. There are some great resources listed on our website."
Graduate, Los Angeles, California
"You need to send a CV and covering letter to apply and then you will have a telephone interview with someone from HR. There are then two interviews where you need to know about the company and what Alfa does, the interviews are quite relaxed and more of a chat."
Graduate, London
"Thorough knowledge of the asset finance industry is key. As a graduate, you won't be expected to have coding knowledge but you will have to show you can research the company and the industry. The interview is as much about cultural fit as anything else. If you are applying with technical experience and are set a coding challenge, don't just copy and paste a solution from stackexchange."
Graduate, London
"The application process is relatively simple. You need to show an interest in the industry and role."
Graduate, London
"The first stage is a covering letter. Make sure it brings across who you actually are and not just that you can regurgitate a job advert. The second stage is a telephone interview where you should just be yourself and answer honestly. Do a small amount of research into asset finance and Alfa beforehand. The third stage is a face-to-face interview. Do a bit more research on the company and why you want to work here. The fourth stage is an interview with directors. Do a lot of research for this one, including on the benefits that Alfa can bring to the industry."
Consulting, Graduate, London

2015

"I think that the application process is excellent. You should be outgoing, confident and show a willingness to learn about the software and our clients. Read the Alfa website in preparation, as there is a lot of valuable information there."
Junior Consultant, London
"The application process is very straightforward and isn't trying to trick you. You should research the company and the industry as you will find that the information you need is easily available."
Consultant, London
"From my experience I think you need to have an enthusiasm for technology and coding regardless of whether you have any prior experience. You must know about the asset finance industry and about the software Alfa provide to their clients."
Junior Consultant, London
"I had a telephone interview followed by two rounds of face-to-face interviews. You can best prepare by understanding the company, what it offers, its typical projects and by showing a basic understanding of what asset finance is."
Junior Consultant, London
"You should brush up on asset finance and what the company does, in addition to identifying what distinguishes Alfa from its competitors. Demonstrate that you understand the company culture and that you are a smart, easy-going person who can come up with solutions and ideas fast."
Junior Consultant, London
"Learn as much as you can about asset finance for the application process. Even though the bulk of the work is very technical, for the interviews you have to show that you know the functional aspects of what the company does instead of their technical aspects."
Junior Consultant, London
"In addition to establishing whether you are up for the job intellectually, the interviewers are keen on finding out whether you'll be a good fit for the job socially. So if you're fun, interesting and enthusiastic you'll probably do well, and if you're arrogant and self-important you probably won't."
Consultant, London

2014

"It is a good idea to spend a few hours properly researching the company."
Graduate, London
"Before the interview, really have a think about Asset Finance, and what companies within the industry would need from a company like Alfa."
Entry level, London
"The most important thing is to research both the asset finance industry and Alfa specifically beforehand."
Midlevel, London
"Learn a little about asset finance if you can - it shows you've put some time and effort in. You don't have to get every question right, but it shows you've tried! Just be genuine and honest about what you've done in the past and what you want to achieve in the future."
Graduate, London
"Try and get a real feel for the role, the industry, and the company. Speak to current employees if possible."
Entry level, London
"Understand what asset finance is first - I think the best way to go about it would be to find out what the clients do, and why they would use Alfa's services and software."
Graduate, London
"Understand what Alfa do - this can all be found on their website. Cover the basics, be clear on why you want to join and what you can bring."
Midlevel, London

2013

"Do your research! The graduate booklet was a great summary of what Alfa does and if you can get to a careers event then come and talk to us."
Graduate, London
"Read up on asset finance, as you will be asked about it!"
Midlevel, London
"Do your research on what the company does. Technical knowledge at graduate level is not important, but you must be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for the company."
Graduate, London
"Alfa has a work hard, play harder culture. If you have an easy going personality and good social skills you'll do well here. If you're shy, it's a great place to open up. If you're arrogant, don't apply."
Entry level, London
"Really do your research and find out what really motivates people who work in consultancy and focus on understanding asset finance. Research competitors, research the industry, make sure you show up to the interview informed about what working at Alfa will be like."
Entry level, London
"Learn what Alfa does, learn a bit about the industry it works in, and think about why its clients pay for its services, what the benefits are. Also think about what would make working at Alfa different to working for another tech or consultancy firm."
Graduate, London
"Research as much as you can about the company and the industry. Talk to a current Alfa employee about the job and get as much information as you can. Truly understand what the job involves and you'll be in a far better position than a candidate who does not."
Graduate, London
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