Mock interview?

free-postitnoteGraduate recruitment specialist, Rare Recruitment, is currently offering free mock interviews for undergraduates interested in a career in Banking and Finance.

This is part of a new social research project we are conducting looking into language and unconscious bias in graduate recruitment.

The Mock Interview
The mock interview will last for approximately 45 minutes and it will be a 1-1 session with Andrew Osayemi. Andrew traded FX for RBS in both London and New York for five years. Andrew was a market maker of FX FWDs and Short-End European Interest Rare Derivatives to Corporate, Hedge fund and Inter-bank counter-parties. In his current role, Andrew focuses on helping Rare candidates to achieve their full potential and gain highly competitive roles with Rare’s clients. He works with candidates in one-on-one sessions and in groups to expand their knowledge of IB and markets.

As part of the mock interview, you will get specific feedback on their strengths and weaknesses. You can also ask Andrew for tips on how to enhance your commercial awareness and feedback on how you come across in interview. Participating in the project will also give you the opportunity to be part of a project aiming for wider social change in the area of unconscious bias.

The Project
At Rare, we believe that excellence comes in many different forms and we will be using the software we develop in order to try and bring about a social change. In order to create our software, we require lots of clips of different people speaking in a mock interview setting. After our analysis of the footage, short clips of participants, of around one minute, may feature in the software.

The end product of our research will hopefully inform software which will be shared with Rare internally and with Rare’s partner organisations who have an interest in eliminating unconscious bias in graduate recruitment (currently, Herbert Smith Freehills, Deloitte, Freshfields, Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance).

The mock interviews will be held on Wednesday 2–Saturday 5 August 2017. Travel expenses can be reimbursed.

If interested, please contact for more information.

Investment banking careers quiz

Which investment banking jobs should you apply to?finance_skyscrapers

eFinancialCareers have looked at the careers websites of Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley and extracted banks’ own statements about the ideal personalities for particular jobs, and have then put these into five key job types. Take the quiz!

Good news…

you can now get a loan for your Masters course but you do have to pay it back!piggybank

The basics or take a look at this video:

  • You will have to be studying a taught or research Masters course
  • You can be studying at uni or by distance learning
  • You have to be under 60 when you commence your course
  • You must normally live in England
  • You can apply for up to £10,000 towards your course and living costs
  • You can apply from this summer (June 2016)
  • You will be charged interest on your loan but will only start to repay this once you’ve finished your course and earning over £21,000 pa.  Remember that, if you’ve had a loan for your undergraduate course, you’ll also have to repay that too

Find out more on the Student Finance England – SFE’s dedicated student finance zone on the The Student Room and  FindAMasters websites.

Deductions, deductions

Tempted by that new mobile?  Not sure whether you can afford it?calendar_12m

Now you can use the NatWest interactive Salary Calculator to work out how much you will have to spend once national insurance, tax and pension etc have been deducted from your pay/salary.  Remember to deduct your other regular outgoings such as rent, food, travel and that mobile tariff as well though!

You can also use it to work out your pay for part-time, full-time, and temporary/contracted work, and over a specific time period.

Try these

efc – efinancialcareers – have some examples of four questions from numbersfinance firms’ psychometric test providers. Apparently without using a calculator, you should be able to answer these questions in ‘well under five minutes’.  It’s said that the actual tests are much harder!

Scary thought?  Take at look at the information to help you on our website where you can find some practice tests and useful tips.  Remember you can always come and talk to your Placement Adviser or Careers Consultant.