Building an Attractive Résumé
1. Download the Mergers and Inquisitions Investment Banking Résumé template with the following link:
2. Every RBS student, regardless of major, should be following the Mergers and Inquisitions résumé format. After downloading, fill in with your own relevant information. You must have outlined sections for Education, Work Experience, Skills, and Interests.
3. Education must include your university, its location, degree, major, expected graduation date, current GPA, honors, and relevant business-related coursework. Do not include high school information.
4. Work/Leadership experience must include your various previous positions and their respective companies/organizations. You must include the location of the position, the time frame, and bullets outlining your responsibilities, tasks, initiatives, and the results produced. It is preferable to quantify your descriptions as accurately as possible. Start each bullet with an action verb and remember to use the correct tense (past or present).
5. In the last section, mention any languages you speak and the degree of proficiency, technical skills, certifications, student activities, and interests. It is critical you mention your interests whether it be sports, traveling, etc. as interviewers love to discuss such topics.
Networking with Professionals
Networking is critical to forming connections with professionals at a wide range of companies. As part of the recruiting process, networking is a two-way conversation where both students and professionals are looking to learn more about one another. Networking can happen through professional events, cold emailing, LinkedIn, alumni databases, coffee chats, etc. Tips and tricks include:
1. Attending both company and student organization-hosted professional events since it's a great way to understand more about the firm and its people culture. You can introduce yourself and make those personal connections whenever plausible. Be sure to ask questions and follow-up within 24 hours through email.
2. Leveraging your current connections by occasionally keeping in touch, asking to be connected to other people, and utilizing their stories/takeaways during actual interviews.
3. Staying organized and being yourself! Whether through a notes or excel spreadsheet, diligently keep track of everyone you connected with in terms of name, company, role, and medium of contact. Moreover, always show respect while being the best version of yourself. The key is to act natural and show a genuine fascination in their line of work.
Tackling Behavioral and Technical Interviews
Preparation: View the job description, research the company beforehand in terms of values and role in the market, and know current events pertaining to global financial markets.
Initiation of Interview: Be personable and talk about your week, where a point of mutual interest could be brought up. You will most likely first answer a "tell me about yourself" question. The key is to be confident and articulate. Mention your school, major, relevant leadership roles, previous work experiences, and why you want to work in the particular division at the company.
Answering Behavioral Questions: Throughout the interview, you will often answer questions that are stated as "tell me about a time when ______". You need to speak on your previous role as a leader, what you did, why you thought it worked, and the results. In other words, follow the STAR method, where you break down the situation, task, action, and result. When you can, quantify your impact and showcase your creativity. It is recommended you think of behavioral examples beforehand rather than having to think on the spot.
Answering Technical Questions: If you are specifically geared towards entering a certain industry, answering knowledge-related questions will become easier. Be sure to know various market trends and fundamental principals in application to your business-related field. You may need to pitch a stock, discuss financial news, explain the discounted cash flow method, examine the linkage between different financial statements, or simply be able to define various financial instruments. The key is to constantly practice and grasp the fundamentals before anything else.
Conclusion of Interview: Be prepared to ask the interviewer between two to five questions at the end. These cannot be common topics where the answer could easily be found online. These questions need to be personable and targeted. The key is to frame your questions in a manner where the interviewer is imagining you already in the role and thinking about how you succeed.