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Interview: Tips & Advice

2014

"Remember important details about everything on your CV and don't try and be too much of a leader in the group exercise."
London
"Throughout the interview be ready to answer questions about yourself and your motivations. You should also have strong finance and markets knowledge."
Global Markets, London
"Practice your basic finance knowledge for the interview. Even though you have a financial background you get more relaxed if you practise and it would be stupid to fail on something you can learn in a week."
London
"Try to come across as friendly and responsible in the interviews, prepare soft skills questions before interviews."
London
"Research the company, what they do; have a basic idea of what investment banking is; e.g. what are bonds, forwards, derivatives, etc."
London
"Make sure you can apply good examples which showcases your personality - i.e. situations which show how you can be a team player, a leader, how you deal with conflict..."
London
"Prepare for the standard questions that normally come up, but also prepare questions to ask the interviewers as there's normally five-ten mins at the end for you to ask questions. If you haven't studied finance, then there's not really a need to go in depth into finance stuff. If they ask a question regarding something technical they'll normally give an explanation and an example to help you answer."
Global Markets, London
"Make sure you know recent deals, have a clear idea of why you want to work in banking, why you want to work at Nomura and, preferably, also why you want to join the team you have applied to."
Investment Banking, London
"Read a lot about the current market, general valuation techniques and prepare answers for competency questions."
Investment Banking, London
"Research the values of the company, read up on financial news and practise online tests."
London
"Be confident in yourself, it really does show. I spoke to my manager who does interviews and that is the one thing he really pushed on. Know the company! It shows that you actually have interest in the bank as opposed to just trying to secure a placement/internship. Quiz the interviewer, it's also your opportunity to learn about what you might be doing on a daily basis and if it seems like something you'll enjoy."
Technology, London
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