Seems scarry but with proper preperation you can succeed in securing a great job or internship.
Mock Interviews with Seniors
Every year, Amy Donegan, compiles a list of seniors who have jobs by industry, company who are willing to provide advice and conduct mock interviews with other seniors and juniors in CSOM. You can pick up the list in Fulton 360 in September.
Practice with Interview Stream
Interview stream is a great product offered through the Career Center that allows you to conduct videotaped practice interviews and watch afterwards. There are all types of interviews available including financial technical.
Employers do not interview candidates they do not feel are qualified, therefore once you have made it past the initial screening, it is your opportunity to convince an employer that you are the right person for the job. It is often all about “fit”. With fewer jobs out there, the interview process can be long and fiercely competitive, so you must prepare accordingly.
- Clarify the skills and abilities you have to offer an employer. Think of a concrete example for each skill you have.
- Know your resume. For everything listed on your resume, you should be able to explain what you learned and what you contributed.
- Develop a list of your five to seven strongest skills for a particular position.
- Focus on a simple message about what you can do for them and what you do better than anyone else they are going to see that day. Be convincing and compelling and have a story behind it.
Research the Organization
- Conduct thorough research on the organization beyond visiting the website. Find what has been written about the company from outside sources. Use Boston College Libraries Resources.
- Set up google alert for the company you are interviewing with and follow them on Twitter.
- Use glassdoor.com for company research and interview prep.
Research the Position/Field
- WSO Guides, Wall Street Oasis Guides see link at bottom
- Talk with personal contacts and alumni. This will show initiative and impress the employer that you are serious.
Prepare for Questions
- The University of Pennsylvania has great interviewing resources on their website.
- Here is a list of almost every behavioral question we could find related to skill areas. You don't need to know every question but the skills sought after would be helpful to prepare examples for.
- Utilize Interview Stream (a video practice interview service) You can find this on Eaglelink and then schedule an appointment at the Career Center to go over your interview
- Schedule a mock interview with one of our CSOM, Peer Advisors,
- Contact one of our senior volunteers for a mock interview by industry/company (pick up list in Fultn 360)
Dress for Success
Types of Interviews
- Open-ended Interview: Tips from speedupcareer.com.
- Behavioral Interview: Tips from the Boston College Career Center resources on behavioral interviews.
- Phone Interview: tips
- Skype Interview: helpful video
- Case Interview: video
For Investment Banking, Sales &Trading, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Fund Management, you will get technical questions. The following resources can help you prepare.
- WSO Guides-very comprehensive guides for success in banking including technical questions and the answers.
- A very helpful article on handling technical questions on the Investment Banking interviews.
Second Round or Site Interviews
- Read this article from CollegeGrad.com covering all the details.
Wall Street Oasis – The Premier Financial Career Resource
The Carroll School has arranged access to interview guides provided by Wall Street Oasis for members of the Boston College community. Use this link to gain access to the list of available Wall Street Oasis Interview Guides. (BC username and password required).
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