top interview questions and answers in banking & finance.

You understand how important it is to ensure an investment pays off. In an employer’s eyes, you’re an investment – here’s how to show them you’re worth every penny.

Working in the finance and banking sector means dealing with people’s money on a daily basis. That’s a big deal, so understandably employers want to ensure all employees have a number of key skills and qualities – a high customer service focus and work ethic is top of the list. You also need to be able to demonstrate emotional intelligence, good communication and problem solving skills, the ability to work autonomously as well as collaborating within a team. Show you’re driven, trustworthy and have a strong performance and results orientation and you’ll be on the right path.

Ultimately, all employers want to know their investment is going to pay off. To determine this they’ll ask a variety of questions come interview time – here are five of the most common to help you on your way

 1. Why is this role for you?

The interviewer will want to get a sense that this is your ideal role. Be sure to refer to the responsibilities in the job specification to confirm you have an understanding of the position and that these are aspects you not only enjoy, but can carry out proficiently.

2. How would you describe yourself?

Above all else with this question you need to be honest, but keep the job you’re applying for front of mind too. You need to demonstrate how your own character traits and values align with the key attributes and personal skills they’ve outlined in the job description.

3. What had been your biggest achievement?

Your response should once again be relevant to the role you’re being interviewed for. Try to have real life example of one of your achievements at hand – outline the steps you took to get there and how you ultimately achieved a great result. All the while, linking it back to both the required and desirable skills you’ve studied in the job description.  

4. What do you think you can bring to the role?

This question calls for a thorough understanding of the position on offer so you can respond to key areas and demonstrate that you have both the knowledge and experience to support them. Do your homework on the company’s history, values and goals too, having that background understanding and linking it to your own experience and aspirations will stand you in good stead.

5. What motivates you?

This question seeks to ensure there is a motivational fit for the role – the employer wants to know you really want it. Once again they’re giving you the chance to prove you’ve done your research – make reference to the key responsibilities outlined in the job description and ensure you provide a sense that these areas drive you to succeed in your career.

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By Andrew McKissock, Account Director – Banking & Financial Services, Talent Solutions

I am a motivated business professional committed to my craft, with 20 years experience working in the Financial Services industry across specialist executive recruitment & HR consulting, client account management & operational management role.

Andrew McKissock

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