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 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.
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.
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.
Dress smart, be aware of the company culture.
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:
Be prepared with answers for questions you think they may ask you. Some standard competency interview questions are as follows:
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.