Fidelity International

Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"Focus on company values and link those to your own experiences."
Graduate, Surrey
"There are online tests and an application with a cover letter and three competency questions. This is followed by a phone interview and then an assessment centre with multiple face-to-face interviews."
Graduate, London
"There are aptitude tests that involve numerical and verbal reasoning as well as an assessment day that consists of a team exercise, presentation and interview. Try to show good business acumen and commercial awareness. Be up to date with news, industry and Fidelity knowledge. Express why you're interested in investment management and why Fidelity in particular."
Graduate, London
"There was an initial application with the standard questions. This was followed by online tests, a telephone interview, an assessment centre and a final interview. The telephone interview involved standard competency questions as well as motivations for applying to Fidelity and this particular scheme. The assessment centre involved a group task, an individual case study, a pre-prepared individual presentation that had to be sent in in advance and interviews. The final-round interview was more of a chat and getting to know each other."
HR, Graduate, London
"In-depth knowledge for the industry, especially for technology, isn't really key here. While it's desirable, managers really want to see how you tackle problems with analysis techniques as well as show your passion for technology. Practise your presentation."
Graduate, Tonbridge
"It's very similar to other financial services companies. There's a multi-step process from online tests and applications through to interviews and assessment centre to a final round interview. You need to stand out and the only way to do it is to really show your real self. Also, you don't have to know all the details about our business but really try to understand where Fidelity is in the marketplace."
Graduate, Vienna
"You'll be asked questions that you can't immediately know the answers to, so stay calm and think about how you might go about arriving at the answer and include that thought process. Also, it's better to admit that you don't know something than lie."
Graduate, London
"Brush up on the company and the industry, focus on what makes you different. Role-specific experience never hurts but Fidelity can teach you the technical know-how for your role if you don't have it. Ensure that you have examples of times when you used critical working traits such as communication and teamwork – the more unique the better! Despite Fidelity not expecting a great deal of technical know-how before you start, you should have a genuine reason for wanting to work in the industry, so make sure you know what that is. Finally (cliche alert), be yourself – don't try to answer how you think the interviewer wants you to answer. Be genuine."
Technology, Graduate, London

2014

"Make sure you have researched the role and the company. Be prepared for the presentation which is part of the assessment centre."
Graduate, London
"Make sure that you clearly understand the role that you are applying for, and are aware of the company values. Try and incorporate these values into your answers."
Graduate, London
"I would say research as much as you can on the graduate website, build up an understanding of the company and the industry and know the key factors which make Fidelity unique within the industry such as investing approach, corporate structure and learn about the unique business channel structure."
Graduate, London
"Have a stock that you know well that you think is a buy/sell and be prepared to justify that at interview. Keep abreast of recent market newsflow, key stories, etc."
Graduate, London
"Most importantly be honest and do your homework. Particularly when doing your presentation try to think outside the box to get information on the business"
Graduate, London
"Research the company very well as you need to know why Fidelity specifically. Vague answers that can be applied across companies won't cut the mustard!"
Graduate, London
"It sounds banal, but just be yourself and do not pretend to be something you are not. If you are a good match for the company culture and you manage to create a good chemistry with your interviewer you have good chances to be selected. Think about examples of you 'in action' that show your best qualities and of course read about the company and the industry."
HR, Graduate, Kronberg, Germany
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