Getting the Investment Banking Application Form Right
On your investment banking application form, you’ll be asked a set of questions that the recruiter will use to assess your suitability for the job. Among the questions you’ll be asked are:
- Why do you think you would be a suitable candidate for the job?
- Explain what the division you’re applying to does, and why you would be a good fit for that department.
- What skills and experience do you have that would be relevant to the position? – What attracted you to the company?
- What skills and experience do you have that would be relevant to the position?
- Can you name any academic awards, professional qualifications or leadership experiences to support your application?
- What are the main challenges and opportunities for the financial services industry right now?
- Discuss a recent news article you’ve read about the company. How does the article relate to the company?
Think carefully about each answer. Wherever possible, discuss any hobbies and extra-curricular activities that pertain to the position you’re applying for. Show recruiters you have a proactive, long-term interest in your chosen area of business.
3. The Interview and Assessment
The typical interview and assessment process includes an interview and case study. This is followed by additional interview rounds with senior bankers. For your interview, be prepared to explain anything you’ve written in your applications including any gaps in your employment or education history. Be ready to demonstrate a thorough understanding of what your position entails and how you plan to excel in the role. Practice talking through your experience and CV before the day of your interview.
Case studies vary from bank to bank. You’ll either have a mix of questions to test your business skills, or a more basic financial analysis. To pass this part of the assessment, you’ll need to demonstrate intelligence and thoughtful process. This is also where recruiters will determine your ability to understand the “bigger picture”.
The most important thing to remember when completing your investment banking application is to be yourself. Confidence and preparedness go a long way in this process, as do intelligence, personality and drive. Companies want to work with interesting, well-rounded individuals. Show them you’re exactly the person they’re looking for.
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