Interview: Tips & Advice

2017

"The most important thing is to be enthusiastic and interested in the industry."
Retail, Graduate, London
"Be open and friendly during interviews and be honest in the situational tests. The best preparation would be to read up on asset management and how it's different to banking as it will put you ahead of a lot of people."
Graduate, City of London
"The application process is a reflection of the company's culture: relaxed and friendly but challenging. Candidates are not expected to know everything before they step through the door; they are only expected to display a high level of learning agility and an openness to learning."
Graduate, London
"My only tip would be to be yourself and show your passion. M&G is a real people business and this is something that is reflected in the people that they hire. People here are also really driven by asset management so show them why you're interested too. Try not to come across as a closet investment banking analyst!"
Graduate, London
"The best tip I can give is to have the right attitude by being humble and teachable."
Graduate, London
"1) Online test: verbal and numerical. 2) Video interview: recording yourself on your computer while answering questions. 3) Face-to-face interview: a short case study and competency questions. 4) Assessment centre: an individual presentation that you need to prepare on the day, a series of interviews and a group exercise."
Graduate, London
"Prepare for case studies and brain teasers."
Graduate, London
"The process is standard with online tests, a video interview, a case study interview and a full-day assessment centre. The online tests are more difficult than most. It helps to research and understand the investment management industry well. Showing interest in the field would be useful too."
Graduate, London
"The interview process was as follows: covering letter and CV, online tests, a video interview, face-to-face interview (case study and competence/CV questions) and an assessment day consisting of a group exercise, three face-to-face interviews and a presentation. My tips would be: know the company and be prepared to answer questions on it, know what the job you have applied to is (you don't have to be an expert and they won't expect that from you but a good understanding of it is required), be confident but not arrogant (cliché but essential) and show that you can be a good team player."
Graduate, London

2016

"You should definitely know why you are interested in the buy side versus the sell side. Also, know the current events that are surrounding the industry. Show your curiosity and don't feel like you need to know everything about investment management."
Graduate, London
"Standard finance process (online tests, video interview, face-to-face interview, assessment centre). Read up on the subject (eg the Vault Career Guide to Investment Management). Choose carefully which scheme you think is right for you."
Graduate, London
"Take your time on all pre-interview questions. Read up on what M&G do and the role that you are applying for. LinkedIn is always a useful way to look at people who are currently in that role."
Graduate, London
"First you have to submit your application, followed by some psychometric tests that I suggest preparing for by doing similar practice papers. Afterwards, you are asked to complete a video interview. If you pass this stage then they will invite you for a one-on-one interview where you will have to present and answer questions."
Graduate, London
"The application process involved an online application followed by a competency test. If you passed the tests you were invited to a video interview and then to a face-to-face interview. The last stage of the process was an assessment centre. In terms of preparing for the interview I would suggest preparing competency based questions, keeping up to date with news and learning about M&G and the industry. It goes without saying that you need to be able to answer why you want to work at M&G and why in that particular role."
Graduate, London
"I went through an initial form-filling exercise followed by a few tests. When I passed this stage, I had a video interview. The next stage was a face-to-face interview and the final stage was the assessment centre. The best way to prepare for the application process is to read about the organisation and try to understand what they are looking out for in a potential candidate. Information can be found on the companies' website as well as on the internet. Broader research about the industry should also be done as well as narrow research on the role and the function and what they do as you progress through the application process."
Finance, Graduate, London
"The application process is quite long but not overly technical. Prepare competencies."
Graduate, London

2014

"Recruiters are looking for well-rounded sociable employees who are able to work well in a team."
Graduate, London
"During the interview you must be able to talk about your experiences and how they would suit the role/company."
Graduate, London
"Be yourself. Do not try and script your answers because the interview process is designed to challenge you. Don't overcomplicate answers."
Graduate, London
"Research M&G in comparison to their competitors, what do they offer that others don't. Think around what M&G sponsors, talk about that in interview. Know some basic stats e.g. AUM."
Graduate, London
"Know the firm and think about why you want to work here. It's not about knowing everything from day one but showing a real passion for the industry. A willingness to work hard/learn will get you a long way."
Graduate, London
"Be open minded and approach each question fresh minded."
Entry level, London
"The best advice I could give to a candidate is to fully research the industry and M&G to know exactly what it is your applying for and why you would like to join the scheme."
Graduate, London
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