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What is a big mistake people make when they come to interview for a job in investing?

Asked Los Angeles, California

For those of you who have interviewed people for investing jobs, what are some of the big mistakes that you’ve seen? I would like to avoid them in any interviews I get in the future! #finance #interviews #financial-services #investment-management #investing #interviewing

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Lee’s Answer

Updated Burlingame, California

This is a great question, sometimes the best way to prep for an interview is by noting all the things you shouldn't do. One of the biggest mistakes you can do during an interview is check your phone.

Helpful tips for Interviewing: Make eye contact Bring extra copies of your resume Know your resume really well Tell stories to explain your work experience Dress for the job you want Bring a notebook and pen, and take notes! Ask the interviewer questions Know the job you're applying for DONT Check your phone Try to have a conversation instead of an interview

Another tip, the interview starts from the moment you step into the building until the moment you leave, remember to stay 'on' until you've left the building.

Check out this article for more information: http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Dos-Donts-Job-Interviews-34040192 Hope this helps!

Gary Stephen’s Answer

Updated Harlingen, Texas

Hi, good question and good answer above...I will add that a big mistake I think everyone makes for any job interview is not researching the company or organization, knowing a lot about what they do, the culture, etc. Websites and the internet provide a lot of information on organizations...also having questions ready for the interviewer and understanding that you are interviewing the organization as much as they are interviewing you. Good luck!

Adil’s Answer

Updated Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  1. Not doing the research
  2. Not wanting the job
  3. Padding the Resume
  4. Not sending a thank-you email
  5. Not asking any questions
  6. Pigeon-holing yourself
  7. Being too casual
  8. Not being yourself

“It’s important that you come across as authentic. Answer questions in your own words, rather than regurgitating a textbook response. It’s a nuanced point because you don’t want to be overly friendly… just be your ‘professional self.’ It’s OK to make small-talk to break the ice and build a rapport with the interviewer—just don’t go overboard and be too casual

Arun’s Answer

Updated Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Do your research: Know the company well. But more than an academic reading of its history, name of the founders and its last 10 CEOs. Know what you will do for them: what they’re more interested in knowing how YOU could help their business Be prepared mentally and physically: A stressed, overworked or troubled mind wouldn’t help with an Interview at all and make you lose focus and blurt things you may not have intended for. Keep a pen and paper handy: Have a notepad at the ready and any stats based question, jot them down and work them out simultaneously. Have some stats ready: Everyone loves talking about their accomplishments and awards, but words are subjective and relative to your role and the objectives of the company.