Interview Programming Questions

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Key Issue : Positive characteristic :


The Employee Offers :

Historical trends
Latin grammar, zillions of term papers
Group projects
Ambiguous situations
Digger for facts

Key Issue : Motivation :


The Employee Offers :

Apply talents
Specific situations
Historical role of finance in commerce

Key Issue : Communication :

Written and oral
The Employee Offers :

Quality of letter
Solid English
Helped staff with brief letters on summer job
Oral presentation and exams

Key Issue : Credibility gap :

Lack career focus
Lack banking personality; not interested in the mundane

The Employee Offers :

Show why interested in direction banking.
Show hard-working team player with a pragmatic bent.

He was a liberal arts major concentrating in classics. He wanted a job, not graduate school, but what could he do? Translating Cicero didn't have any apparent attraction to the job market.

I told him that the task was the same for him as for anyone else. He needed to show that he had positive characteristics the firm needed and 'that his motivation was serious and well-directed. His liberal arts education could certainly be presented to his advantage if he handled it correctly.

I asked him to identify a field of interest and he mentioned commercial lending for a bank. Then, I asked him to construct a chart to address the four basic points we had discussed at the beginning. His chart appears above.

Looking at his chart we recognized three things:

He had many of the positive characteristics needed in a bank lender.

His liberal arts education helped make his claim of good communication skills credible.

The credibility gap was a potential Achilles heel, but it could be addressed.

New material : Your cover letter can include material of interest to an employer that would be difficult to present in a resume. Your motivation for wanting to work for that particular company is an example.

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