What to wear during a job interview?

This depends on which company you are applying for. Take a look on their website to get to know more about the dress code. If you are not sure, then you can always ask the recruiter. Generally, for all interviews in Corporate Finance candidates should be formally dressed. Men should wear a suit, and women should wear a decent dress, skirt or pants with a blouse.  

How to prepare for a job interview?

Make sure you thoroughly read the website of the company concerned. You want to get to know the culture and the values that are important to this company. Think about how these issues match with what you are looking for in a company and in the job. This will help you to motivate why you would like this job. Also think about questions about the company or the job you are applying for. A job interview should not only be you answering questions but asking them as well. This shows that you have actively researched this job and that you are pro-active and interested. Furthermore, it is important to give answers according to the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method. Finally, if you don’t understand the question or you don’t know the answer, just ask for help. Be honest and don’t just make up the answer without properly understanding the question. 

What do employers look for in a motivation letter?

In a motivation letter it is important to state why you want to work for that specific company. So point out why you want to work for that specific company and not for another company in the same sector? It is also important to state why you want that specific job in M&A/Corporate Finance/Consultancy. You should not summarize your resume in the motivation letter, but further explain why your experience fits the skills needed for this job. Lastly, do not write much more than one A4 page and read your letter multiple times to filter out the spelling mistakes! 

What does a professional photo look like?

  1. Wear formal clothing.
  2. Avoid distracting backgrounds.
  3. Smile.
  4. Don’t include other people in the picture.
  5. Make sure the quality of the picture is sufficient.

Do I need a photo on my resume?

No, you don’t need a photo on your resume. For example, in the Corporate Finance sector a photo is not needed. In the Marketing sector a photo is preferable. If you choose to include a photo, make sure it is professional.  

What do employers look for in a resume?

The most important purpose of a resume is that employers quickly see your knowledge and skills. A board year, committee experience or studying abroad makes a good impression next to good grades. A resume is ideally no longer than two A4 pages. It should contain relevant working experience, internships, extra-curricular activities, skills and interests. Shortly state what your tasks and responsibilities are during your internship or job, and optionally state what successes you have accomplished.  Also, don’t forget to add the period (month and year) of your internship, job and/or committee experience. The essence of a good resume is finding the balance between writing relevant experience, but also keeping it short and clear. You can choose to include a short text about you as a person, but make sure the text is not too general.