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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.


Getting Ready for your Financial Modeling Interview

Getting a call for a financial modeling job interview is exciting. However, your journey is really just beginning. Getting ready for your financial modeling job interview can take some time and preparation but with some effort you can make yourself ready for your interview and feeling confident as you go in to land your next financial modeling job.

Research – It is important to do some research on the company. You will want to go to the interview understanding what the company does, how they are doing, and having a basic understanding of the history of the company. Preparing in this manner will make you look good and help the interviewee see that you are serious about the position. Be sure to prepare some questions to ask during the interview.

Practice – Be sure to practice your interview, especially if you have been out of the interview game for a while.  Have a friend ask you questions, practice talking in front of a mirror, and be sure to stay conscious of filler words like “um” and “uh.”  Recording yourself is also helpful.

Dress for Success – You also need to look presentable at your interview. You do not need to buy new clothes, just make sure you have clean, pressed clothes and have clean shoes.  (Yes, people look at your shoes!) You will want to make sure that you have everything you need ready to go the night before.  If you are unsure what is suitable, ask a friend.  Making sure you look professional is important to getting your interview off

Getting ready for your financial modeling job interview does not take a lot of time; however, if you simply invest a little time planning and preparing, you will show up confident.  The old adage “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” is very true so make sure that you are making the best first impression that you can.


Common Financial Modeling Interview Questions

If you have received that long awaited call for an interview, you surely are hoping to put your best foot forward at the interview in hopes of landing that financial modeling job.  Preparing for the interview is very important.  There are many ways to prepared for an interview.  One of the best ways is rehearsing common financial modeling interview questions that may be asked in the interview.

Though you never really know what is going to be asked in an interview, you may be surprised at how many interview questions are normally asked in interviews.  Having some of the questions prepared may help you feel more at ease when you step into that financial modeling interview.

Common financial modeling interview questions that you may want to prepare for include:

  • What strengths do you feel you bring to the job?
  • What are your weaknesses and how do you overcome them in the workplace?
  • What situation have you had in your past experiences where you had to make a tough decision and what was the outcome?
  • How do you handle low morale in the workplace?
  • How do you deal with low performance on your team?
  • What do you feel you bring to our team if we were to bring you onboard?

Though there are literally an endless number of questions that one could ask in a financial modeling interview, thinking through some of these commonly asked questions may help you prepare for your interview.  Having given some thought to these questions may even make you better prepared to think through and answer intelligently any other questions that may come your way.


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