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    Preparation
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    Failing to prepare is preparing to fail

    The following points are just a guideline. Interviews are varied and do not always follow a set pattern so they cannot therefore be easily categorised. However here are a few tips;

    Review your CV and Applications

    Review the content of your CV, ensure that you have gone over your CV and all details are accurate. It is important to know the key skills required for the role you are interviewing for and it’s a good idea to use your experience in preparing examples of how your experience matches those skills.

    Company Background – ensure you have done your research.

    We’re a leading provider of products and consulting services to the capital markets industry, with over 2500 staff globally. First Derivatives is a provider of high-performance time series database software (KX) to a variety of industries as well as regulatory and IT consulting services to the capital markets industry. The combined proposition gives First Derivative a differentiated offering within capital markets, an industry increasingly challenged by regulation and data management. Additionally, First Derivative has begun to establish itself in a number of industries outside of capital markets and we are currently setting up a new Data/Automation practice.

    Preparation, Planning and Punctuality

    Good preparation is the key to a successful interview beginning with knowing the names and job titles of the people who will be interviewing you.

    • Plan your route before the interview to make sure you give a good impression by being punctual. Have directions and maps to your interview location as well as information on parking or the nearest railway station. If, for unforeseen circumstances you are going to be late, contact the company to inform them of your expected arrival time and let us know that you have done this. Arriving in good time will not only ensure that you give a good impression, but it means you will have time to collect your thoughts before the interview begins.
    • Ensure you have all information for the interview if this is taking place virtually, zoom links / name of interviewers, view their LinkedIn profiles so you have done your background research.

    Dress

    Dress smart, be aware of the company culture.

    Feedback

    Ensure you know the follow up procedure, when you could expect to hear from them. It is also important to tell them if you are interested in the position / other opportunities you have ongoing.

    Have a look at our interview checklist to ensure you are fully prepared:

    An interview is a sales situation. You are selling yourself; therefore it is important that you find out what the interviewer is looking for. Don’t forget, however, that it is also a sales situation for the company & is also your opportunity to get the information you want from them, you are interviewing us as well, it has to be the right choice for you.

    Ensure you ask questions so that you know you are making the right choice – perhaps based on the information you previously have researched, ask around culture, career progression, the person who is interviewing you – what sort of projects have they worked on? What experience have they have had at First Derivative? Pros/Cons working for a consultancy? Etc.

    Ensure that you leave with enough information to make an informed decision on whether or not you wish to proceed. Aim for questions that indicate an interest in their line of work or products and your enthusiasm and interest in the role itself, rather than holiday entitlement, pensions or other specific staff benefits – this can be discussed with your internal recruiter.

    Prepare your own questions in advance but make sure you use them in the context of the interview and take into account information that the interviewer has already provided. Other areas you can cover could be:

    • What are the company’s future plans?
    • What is the likely career development pathway in the next few years?
    • What possible training could I receive in this role?
    • How would you describe the culture of this company?

    Interview Techniques: Their Questions

    Be prepared with answers for questions you think they may ask you. Some standard competency interview questions are as follows:

    • Why do you want to work for us?
    • Why do you want this job?
    • What do you know about our company?
    • Why did you choose your profession?
    • What are your strengths/weaknesses?
    • What do you like/dislike about your current job role?
    • Why are you looking for a new position?
    • What has been your greatest achievement to date?
    • How would you describe yourself?
    • How would your friends or colleagues describe you?
    • What are your future aspirations?
    • What can you offer to your new team/company?

    Focus on your achievements when responding to questions, and portray every response in a positive way. If you do not understand a question, don’t guess the answer, ask them to explain the question further. If you do not know the answer still, tell them you do not know and explain how you might go about finding the answer out.

    Interview Check List

    Have you…

    1. Researched the Company
    2. Prepared some broad questions to ask the interviewer (Do not discuss salary – this should only be spoken about to HR/The internal recruiter)
    3. Rehearsed interview scenarios
    4. Confirmed Date/Time/Location of Interview/ correct zoom link
    5. Printed a copy of your CV and any relevant project work – ensure you know your CV
    6. Perhaps have a notebook and pen to hand in case you would like to make notes.
    7. Ask around company culture – see if it seems like a good fit for you
    8. Ensure you have a good understanding of the bench/consultancy work