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4 Things to Think About When Preparing for your Financial Modeling Interview

As soon as you walk in the interview room, your interview has started. In fact, the interview started before you got there, while the interviewer read your resume, job application, or whatever you used to apply for the job.  However, the real interview, the one in person, began the minute you arrived, whether you realized it or not. As a financial modeling job candidate, you will want to be prepared.

Your Arrival Time – Be sure to be on time. And on time in interview speak means EARLY. You don’t want to be late and you do not want to come rushing through the doors as the big hand hits the hour. You want to arrive comfortably early, check in, take a restroom break to wash your hands and freshen up, get a drink to wet your throat and then sit and collect your thoughts before your interview.  But don’t be too early either, then you appear over anxious and put the interviewer in a position to decide whether they have the time to take your early or not.

Your Attire – Make sure you are dressed professionally and appropriately. Your interviewer will look at what you have on and make an assessment. You don’t have to be wearing the best of the best, but be professional, appropriate, and ironed. Having a clean, professional appearance shows you took the time to prepare and you care about the appearance you make.

The Handshake – Make sure you give a strong handshake while making eye contact and introducing yourself. You want to give a good, solid, confident impression. Eye contact and a strong handshake indicate confidence. Don’t look down and around or give an awkward handshake, be firm and professional and clear in your introduction.

Be Prepared – Being prepared for your interview means that you will have done your research regarding the company as well as prepared some interview question to ask. You want to have at least a few facts about the company ready to quote and maybe a question or two related to this knowledge so you know you will have the opportunity to show the facts that you know.


Using Mock Interviews to Prepare for Your Financial Modeling Interview

When preparing for your financial modeling job interview, a great way to get prepared is by doing mock interview. Mock interview give you a chance to practice professional responses, body language and non-verbal communication, and controlling filler (“ums” and “ya knows”). A mock interview also allows you to become more comfortable with the interview process as a whole.

Here are some ways to practice for your next financial modeling interview:

  • Practice in Front of a Mirror – Practice answering question in front of a mirror. Watch how you sit, stand, use body language and hand movements. Listen carefully to how you speak and use filler words. Watch your facial expressions. Though not considered the truest representation of how you would interview, it is better than no mock interviewing practice at all.
  • Record your Interview – It can be very helpful to record yourself doing an interview. Watching yourself will allow you to see your body language that is too much, show you if you use fillers such as “um” repeatedly, and see what you are doing well, which will increase your self-confidence.
  • Have a Friend Interview You – Having a friend interview you can help you feel more confident and prepared.  Allowing yourself an opportunity to practice your interviewing skills will help you feel more ready for your next business interview.

Even if you are a veteran interviewee, keeping your interview skills fresh, staying in practice, and reviewing how you speak can be very helpful. Your interview is usually your only time to show what you have to offer in person. Be sure to be well prepared and self-confident. Mock interview can help you with being prepared and confident which can lead to financial modeling interview success.


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