In this age of abundant regulations, compliance is a quickly growing field, and one area in which banks are not likely to cut corners anytime soon. While there are more and more jobs opening up in banking, compliance is still tough to break into if you don’t already have experience.
"Even with experience in compliance, to land the really prime jobs, you must be prepared. It’s no longer good enough to simply have a solid degree under your belt." Adrian Morrissey, Compliance Manager.
Job seekers in the compliance field need to have a targeted, focused approach. Here are some pointers to ensure success during your next interview.
Always do the research ahead of time so you know exactly who will be interviewing you. Review the LinkedIn profiles of the people you know will meet with, and check for people you may know in common with the team. Glean specific facts about the firm from its website, LinkedIn, Twitter, Glassdoor, and other social media platforms. YouTube is also a great research tool to get a closer look into the company's office and potential coworkers. Have a few solid facts about the potential employer ready to use as conversation topics during the interview. For startup interviews, ask questions about the future trajectory of the company. It will show that you've visualized yourself growing with the company.
Dress is important in the compliance field, because it proves that you know how to conduct yourself in a professional environment. Base your dress on the type organization your are interviewing for, but air on the side of formal. Try and gain insight into the formality of the workplace by checking the company's official social channels, particularly Instagram, where many companies choose to showcase their company culture.
Even if you aren’t fully sold on the position yet, behave as if you’re determined to get it. Better to win your interviewer over with enthusiasm and have the opportunity to make a decision further down the road.
Here are three basic conversational tips for intelligent compliance interviewing:
In our many years of experience helping candidates land roles in the compliance field, we’ve aggregated a list of the most common questions that candidates often get asked during compliance interviews. Make sure you go into every interview with solid answers to these questions, but always tailor your answers to the particular company you’re interviewing with. That means, again, doing your research.
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