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Group Interview


#1

I got my B.S. from a CSU in finance this past May. Tomorrow I have a group interview for a Junior Analyst position that I'm really looking forward to. The thing is though, that I have never had a group interview. Wondering what advice people have that have been through group interviews and what do you guys recommend to stand out. As far as my background I don't have any internship or practical experience in analysis, only academic so I really need to excel in the interview tomorrow. We were also told to bring a laptop.. What do you think thats for? Any advice is welcome! Thanks


#2

#3

[quote]longtimelurker92 wrote:
I got my B.S. from a CSU in finance this past May. Tomorrow I have a group interview for a Junior Analyst position that I’m really looking forward to. The thing is though, that I have never had a group interview. Wondering what advice people have that have been through group interviews and what do you guys recommend to stand out. As far as my background I don’t have any internship or practical experience in analysis, only academic so I really need to excel in the interview tomorrow. We were also told to bring a laptop… What do you think thats for? Any advice is welcome! Thanks[/quote]

Think of a group interview as an opportunity to show how you can work in a team. You may think you need to be adversarial (after all, you’re all trying to get the same spot) but showing you can work as a member of a group is more important. Build your own answers off of others. For example, “I thought Joe’s idea for increasing widget sales in the northwest region was a good one and reminded me a lot my senior Finance project. I think we can beat sales expectations by …”

Regarding the laptop, I’m guessing vlookups, pivot tables, pivot charts, maybe some Access or basic SQL queries.


#4

I hate companies that set up this kind of stuff. They put people in awkward situation and force hypocritical ‘‘teamwork’’ and interaction. If any cockroach that does this read this post be aware that there is people outside that would smash your face into the concrete if they had the opportunity. Usually it’s the companies with the most cocksuckers and the most hypocrite organisational culture. Any time I hear that some company do this I never buy their product again (for example the shampoo company that start with l’O). Fuck you.


#5

[quote]jasmincar wrote:
I hate companies that set up this kind of stuff. Fuck you.[/quote]

It sounds like you’re exactly the type of person these interviews are supposed to screen out.


#6

Sometimes you go to the group interview, and they ask you for contact information for your 10 friends or family members. You don’t want to give out the info, but you don’t want to blow your chances at the job. After they have the valuable information, they’ll go through the motions of a group interview. Only its fake, and the whole thing was a setup to get names and numbers to sell to telemarketers and spammers.


#7

[quote]FlatsFarmer wrote:
Sometimes you go to the group interview, and they ask you for contact information for your 10 friends or family members. You don’t want to give out the info, but you don’t want to blow your chances at the job. After they have the valuable information, they’ll go through the motions of a group interview. Only its fake, and the whole thing was a setup to get names and numbers to sell to telemarketers and spammers.[/quote]

That seems shady as hell.


#8

Super-duper shady! As bad as hacking Target, but completely legal!

“One man with a briefcase can steal as much as 100 men with guns.”


#9

Good luck with the interview view, Pangloss is on point with his recommendation to be Team oriented but make sure you have your voice heard - be original and dont be afraid to offer differing opinions. As far as teh computer, I have heard of places giving you a short 1-2hr mini project to show case your analyitical skills. An example would be to disect some financial statements or make a business case for a new product. Depends on the type of analysis your job will require.


#10

[quote]Knurled wrote:
Good luck with the interview view, Pangloss is on point with his recommendation to be Team oriented but make sure you have your voice heard - be original and dont be afraid to offer differing opinions. As far as teh computer, I have heard of places giving you a short 1-2hr mini project to show case your analyitical skills. An example would be to disect some financial statements or make a business case for a new product. Depends on the type of analysis your job will require. [/quote]

Dude, the interview took place over a month ago … lol


#11

[quote]Knurled wrote:
Good luck with the interview view, Pangloss is on point with his recommendation to be Team oriented but make sure you have your voice heard - be original and dont be afraid to offer differing opinions. As far as teh computer, I have heard of places giving you a short 1-2hr mini project to show case your analyitical skills. An example would be to disect some financial statements or make a business case for a new product. Depends on the type of analysis your job will require. [/quote]

… You know his interview was a month ago, right?


#12

Lol, beat me to it.


#13

haha - ooops - didnt check the date, only the post. hope the kid got the job!


#14

[quote]usmccds423 wrote:

[quote]Knurled wrote:
Good luck with the interview view, Pangloss is on point with his recommendation to be Team oriented but make sure you have your voice heard - be original and dont be afraid to offer differing opinions. As far as teh computer, I have heard of places giving you a short 1-2hr mini project to show case your analyitical skills. An example would be to disect some financial statements or make a business case for a new product. Depends on the type of analysis your job will require. [/quote]

… You know his interview was a month ago, right?[/quote]

beat you to it sucka


#15

I worked for casino that does this. I was in HR so i dint have to do it, but it looked ridiculous.

“If you go to a karaoke night, what song would sing? Ok, sing a couple verses”

In a room with roughly 40 random strangers… It’s a good way to weed out the knuckleheads, but a real lame pain in the ass for normal people looking for work.


#16

[quote]polo77j wrote:

[quote]usmccds423 wrote:

[quote]Knurled wrote:
Good luck with the interview view, Pangloss is on point with his recommendation to be Team oriented but make sure you have your voice heard - be original and dont be afraid to offer differing opinions. As far as teh computer, I have heard of places giving you a short 1-2hr mini project to show case your analyitical skills. An example would be to disect some financial statements or make a business case for a new product. Depends on the type of analysis your job will require. [/quote]

… You know his interview was a month ago, right?[/quote]

beat you to it sucka[/quote]

Ahh, damn it.


#17

[quote]usmccds423 wrote:
Lol, beat me to it. [/quote]
polo 1, usmc 1 hahahaha


#18

[quote]Aggv wrote:
I worked for casino that does this. I was in HR so i dint have to do it, but it looked ridiculous.

“If you go to a karaoke night, what song would sing? Ok, sing a couple verses”

In a room with roughly 40 random strangers… It’s a good way to weed out the knuckleheads, but a real lame pain in the ass for normal people looking for work. [/quote]

Sounds gay. I’ve had a interviews with multiple interviewers, but never with multiple interviewees.