Sitting in the audience last week for a presentation at the IFS in London – Meyrick Cox “Investment Banking – An insider’s view” (an excellent and thought-provoking review of life in the bubble and how to get hired there) – I was struck by how little some things change over the years.
Key skills? Outstanding behaviours? For investment banking in 2015?
It’s fundamentally all about the same things that you’ll need when looking for a job anywhere else, say with an airline or a restaurant or a printing company:
1) Research and preparation – know the employer / job-role / interview: what’s the job really about, the key skills, knowledge, behaviours needed to succeed
2) KISS – Keep It Short and Simple – your CV, covering letter, questions & answers at interview – make them all relevant, short, interesting, and (especially) error-free!
3) Interviews – the same key questions as everywhere else:
– Why do you want to go into this industry?
– Why do you want to work for us, specifically?
– What have you seen / do you know that suggests you’d fit in around here?
– What questions do you have for us?
And my final thought as I left the auditorium: “Everyone knows this stuff but nearly everyone forgets to do it.”
Conscious competence rules!