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Financial Services & Banking Job Interview Prep

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The competition is fierce for positions at top financial services firms. It’s not enough to have an impressive resume. You must be prepared to interview like a superstar.

Skillful Communications specializes in preparing clients for tough interviews for positions in investment banking, asset management, securities sales and trading, banking, and insurance.

We can help you break in by talking your way into a prestigious internship or summer analyst program. We can also help you move up the ladder or make a switch.

Pamela Skillings

Interview Coach & Skillful Co-founder

“A guru in the world of job interviews”

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Real Financial Services Expertise

Based in New York City, we have helped clients land jobs at the best firms on Wall Street — including Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, Credit Suisse, UBS, and others.

Our founder Pamela Skillings spent 12 years as a financial services executive at firms including Citigroup and Morgan Stanley, interviewing and evaluating candidates for a wide range of positions.

Who is Pamela Skillings?

Pamela Skillings is considered the top interview coach in the country and has helped hundreds of people land their dream jobs.

“A guru in the world of job interviews.”

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Her proven approach is based on her unique combination of experience as a hiring manager, a human resources executive, and a professional coach.

In addition to her work with individual job seekers, top companies hire Pamela to consult on their hiring processes and she often conducts and sits in on real job interviews.

She knows what companies are looking for and how they evaluate candidates — and she shares that knowledge with her coaching clients.

She is a Certified Professional Career Coach and a member of the Association of Career Professionals, the National Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches, and the International Coach Federation.

Pamela earned both her bachelor’s degree and her professional certifications in career planning and lopment from New York University, where she is currently an adjunct professor.

Pamela also frequently writes and speaks about career topics. Her book Escape from Corporate America (Random House 2008) earned rave reviews and her writing has also been featured by About.com, The New York Times and many other publications.

Pamela is either faculty or leads workshops on career change strategies & communication skills for organizations including:

  • NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
  • YALE UNIVERSITY
  • AMERICAN MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION
  • U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)

Financial Services & Investment Banking Interview Coaching Programs

1. Financial Services “Get The Edge” Session

Being Good isn’t Enough

You’ll be going up against dozens of qualified candidates. You have to find a way to stand out — to show that you are the absolute best person for the opportunity.

We’ll put you to the test and evaluate your answers. We’ll help you strengthen your answers and your interview presence, working with you on:

  • Why do you want this job?
  • Why investment banking/sales and trading/asset management/private equity/etc.?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why should we be impressed by your past experience (jobs, internships, academic)?
  • Tell me about a time….(typical behavioral questions)
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Do you have any questions for me?

We can also work with you on technical questions, market questions, and brainteaser questions. However, if you have a lot of areas to work on, you may want to upgrade to a multiple-session package.

This “Get the Edge” session is a must for anyone who wants to know that he or she has done everything possible to prepare for that once-in-a-lifetime interview.

Our session will include a practice interview, detailed (and very candid) feedback, coaching on your answers and your physical presence, and additional practice interviewing so you can get comfortable with your new-and-improved approach.

We will ask you to send your resume and the job description in advance so we can skip the small talk and use all 90 minutes to turn you into an interview master.

* Includes complimentary access to Big Interview, our online interview training system that allows you to continue practice interviewing after the session (via our online tool and your webcam) — and also gives you access to video lessons on critical interview topics, a huge interview question database, sample answers, and more.

* We conduct coaching sessions from our office in Manhattan or via video-conference from wherever you are (Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong — any time zone).

2. Financial Services Effective Interviewing 4-Session Package

The “Get the Edge” session is great, but sometimes 90 minutes just isn’t enough time to get yourself in “Perfect Hire” condition. After all, a Super Day at a top interview bank can last all day and include up to 10 separate interviews.

The Financial Services Effective Interviewing Coaching Package includes four sessions (two 90-minute in-person or video conference sessions, and two 60-minute phone sessions).

With four sessions, you’ll have time to work on fit questions, behavioral questions, technical questions, and more.

Session 1

For your first session, you will meet with Pamela in-person (or via video conference) for 90 minutes. Prior to the session, you will have submitted a questionnaire, resume, and target job information.

One of the first orders of business in Session 1 is an in-depth practice interview customized for your desired position(s). After the interview, Pamela will give you an open and honest assessment of your interviewing style and point out areas that need work and habits that are holding you back.

The rest of the session will be ted to brainstorming new approaches to key questions, working on challenges related to body language, eye contact, and vocal qualities; and additional practice interviewing and coaching.

When you’re done, Pamela will give you homework assignments to work on for your next session. You will also take home a digital video recording of your practice interview (including the post-interview feedback).

Session 2

Your second session with Pamela will be a 60-minute session conducted via telephone. The phone format will allow you to focus on the content of your responses.

You will work with Pam to lop interview stories based on your most impressive accomplishments so that you’ll shine when responding to behavioral questions. You will also brainstorm together and find ways to prepare for difficult questions and tricky topics.

Session 3

In your third session, you will continue to work with Pam to role play critical interview questions, hone your stories and key selling points, and build your confidence. Often, in Session 3, Pamela will work with you on customizing your answers for different jobs and companies.

Session 4

Your last session will again be a 90-minute in-person meeting (or via video-conference). You and Pamela will conduct a formal, in-depth practice interview and Pamela will give you feedback on all aspects of your interview presentation (from answers to body language and eye contact).

You will then address any last weaknesses and work with Pamela to define next steps and address any remaining questions that you have.

After the session, you will receive another digital video recording so you can track progress (you’ll be amazed at the transformation since Session 1) and get Pamela’s advice on the record.

The Effective Interviewing Coaching Package includes:

  • 2 90-minute in-person or video conference coaching sessions. Sessions can be conducted in our office in Manhattan or via video conference from your home or office in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong, or anywhere else (we’ll work with your schedule and your time zone).
  • 2 60-minute telephone coaching sessions.
  • Multiple practice interviews with feedback and coaching
  • Before and after video clips
  • Audio recordings of phone sessions
  • Free access to Big Interview, our online interview training platform that features video lessons on interviewing best practices, an enormous interview question database, and a video practice interview tool

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why should I use interview coaching?
  2. When you’re preparing for that important interview, there is no substitute for role playing and expert feedback.

    Competition for jobs is at an all-time high, so being the best-prepared, battle-tested, interview-ready candidate can mean the difference between getting the job or not.

    This is the single most effective way to make a great impression at your interview and maximize your chance of a job offer.

  3. What are Pamela’s qualifications?
  4. Pamela Skillings spent 12 years working in executive level jobs in marketing and human resources for Fortune 500 companies (including Morgan Stanley, MasterCard International, and Citigroup) before launching her coaching and consulting practice in 2005.

    She has worked with hundreds of coaching clients. Interview coaching is one of her specialties, though she also provides other types of career and business coaching.

    Pamela’s company also works with corporate and government clients to lop training, retention, communications, and recruiting programs. Clients include Citigroup, American Express, Ernst & Young, the American Management Association, and the City of New York.

    Pamela’s work with corporations keeps her up to date on hiring trends and the employer perspective, which helps inform her coaching work with job seekers.

    In addition, Pamela serves as an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching courses in their graduate and continuing education programs for HR executives and career coaches.

    Her formal training in career counseling and coaching is through New York University and the Professional Association for Resume Writers and Career Coaches.

    Pamela’s first book, a career change and entrepreneurship guide, was published by Random House in 2008 and featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, and other publications. She is currently working on her second book.

  5. Why should I work with Pamela?
  6. You get what you pay for. You will practice and train with an experienced coach who has made hiring decisions for Fortune 500 companies and helped hundreds of clients land new jobs and achieve career breakthroughs.

    You will come away with confidence, and a competitive advantage over other candidates interviewing for the job you want.

  7. How quickly can I get started?
  8. Generally, your first session will be scheduled within 1-2 weeks. However, if you have an important interview scheduled, Pamela will make every effort to fit you in before your meeting.

  9. Can Pamela help me prepare for an internship interview?
  10. Yes, Pamela has extensive experience helping undergraduate and MBA students land prestigious internships.

  11. Can Pamela help me land a Wall Street, investment banking, or hedge fund job?
  12. Pamela spent more than 12 years working for financial services firms and has an in-depth understanding of the industry. In her five years as a career and interview coach, she has also worked with dozens of clients interviewing for investment banking, hedge fund, and other finance jobs.

If you have additional questions about our interview coaching services, feel free to call (888.880.3322) or email: [email protected]