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How to recruit a graduate for a role in Banking and Finance

Candidate profile: A logical thinker with the ability to build rapport with clients with the confidence to make logical decisions. They should be ambitious and capable of working under pressure.

A 2:1 in a numerical or analytical based degree such as Economics, Maths and Science is hugely beneficial. Finance qualifications in investment banking or accounting are equally valuable.

Top skills

  • Numerical
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical
  • Ability to take their own initiative

Non-office experience

  • This could range from holding a treasury position on the committee of a club, to budget management in a society.
  • Demonstration of people skills through participation in a club or society is also a plus.

Office experience

  • Candidates who have undertaken finance internships and schemes whilst at university definitely have the edge, as taking part in these schemes not only suggests they have relevant skills, but also shows a clear ambition and interest in the finance sector.
  • Although experience in Banking and Finance is important, other experience in the Sales and Account Management, Legal and Consulting sectors is also favourable.

Green flag

  • A highly driven candidate who has good knowledge and awareness of the sector and how it works.
  • Good IT skills, particularly Excel.

Red flag

  • Poor communication skills and a lack of assertiveness

At interview

  • Create workplace scenarios and ask the candidate what their course of action would be. This is a good way of evaluating their decision-making skills and their logical thinking abilities.
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