Adhering to the proper rules of interview etiquette is essential for people applying for financial services jobs. When money is on the line, it is up to the employer to select the most diligent candidate for the role since they are likely to be closely involved with the finances and valuable assets, which are quite coveted. So, how can candidates impress their prospective employers at the interview table? We will take a look at some examples of interview best practice.

Good first impressions

The general rule is that candidates have a total of five seconds to make a first impression in most job-seeking situations. There is simply no time to undo a false start, so candidates need to ensure the first minute of their appearance is going to cement a professional, well-liked image that is worthy of being trusted with financial issues.

Candidates should always approach the interview table as if they are on stage about to make a performance, since the interview is effectively a performance in addition to gauging whether or not they are suitable for any particular role. Candidates will, therefore, need to be very enthusiastic and have a positive attitude towards the role. Employers do not want to bring on employees who are just passing time. They are looking for a candidate who is interested in the role itself and could make a valuable contribution to the company's standing, but also an energetic and engaging personality that would be pleasant to work with on a day to day basis.

Dress code

In the financial industry, it is usually best to err on the side of caution when it comes to selecting interview attire. Established norms like white shirts, navy blue neckties for men or scarves for women, and black trousers are still an accepted appearance around the interview table and need not go amiss. If candidates choose to be a little more liberal in their appearance, then it is always wise to ensure articles of clothing are paired properly: dark shirts should be contrasted with light accessories or neckties and it's usually best to avoid bold or loud patterns.

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The power of a smile cannot be underestimated. While financial professionals should always carry themselves with a serious demeanour, employers are well aware of their own standing in the working world and this need not be as strict of a requirement amongst one another. A smile will help convey confidence and a pleasant personality: it is warm, inviting, and welcoming to the possibility of becoming a part of a wider working family.

Body language

All of the standard rules of body language apply to an interview: it is important for candidates to sit up straight, uncross their arms, and maintain good eye contact with their interviewers. This helps convey a relaxed confidence for the role, which is absolutely essential when becoming a point of public contact or when dealing with monetary issues. Unfortunately, nervousness can also be conveyed through body language. It is therefore important for candidates to relieve this nervousness as much as possible. It is often recommended to hold a pen in order to help minimise fidgeting: a common issue many candidates have.

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