Hey YU DU
Basically just research the company find unique points that seperates it from other firms. Read the website and research into program specifically. Read through my feedback maybe this will help,
Firstly make sure you’ve properly researched the company and the role. I’ve never applied Standard Life before and I’ve never had a telephone interview before so I made a few elementary mistakes.
- Why do you want to work for Standard Life?
My mistake here was that I said I’m attracted to working with the variety of different clients at Standard Life. This was completely the wrong thing to say. If you look on the website for the accountancy program you’ll see it’s a TOPPS program (Training Outwith Public Practice). Basically I was told this means that I won’t be going round visiting clients, I’ll be dealing with accounts within Standard Life.
So please don’t make the same mistake I made here!!!
- Why audit?
I was told this was good. Just spoke about how I enjoyed my internship at an accountancy firm.
- Why do you want to work for Standard Life as opposed to other accountancy firms?
I was told this was good too. Just spoke about how I’m attracted to the close knit atmosphere offered at Standard Life as opposed to other accountancy firms.
- How have I influenced a team?
I was told my answer here was ok.
- Give an example of a new challenge that you’ve undertaken.
I was told I made a little mistake in my answer here. Basically I was speaking about how I did a work placement as a researcher for the WTO. And explained how I was incharge in a group presentation and I was telling people what to do. My criticism here was that it sounded like I was too authoritarian and dominant. I should have said in my interview that I made sure the people in my group were happy to follow my orders, which they were!!!
Again try not to make this mistake if your using an example of this nature.
- Given an example of an original idea you’ve bought to a team.
This was ok aswell.