Nicolas is the founder of 300 Finance Gurus and has advised more than 100 clients on their cover letters and resumes. He also provides strategies on networking, LinkedIn and interview preparation for clients in Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and Private Equity (full bio at the bottom of this article.)
Have you ever found yourself applying for a job, but also having no idea why you’re applying?
I’ve seen it a lot.
Sometimes, if the company is seriously understaffed and needs people ASAP, you can get away with it.
But you really can’t get away with it when you apply for corporate finance rotational programs, such as GE’s Financial Management Program.
Unlike banks, which largely have the same set of “values” (make money!), normal companies have different values and cultures… and they prefer different candidates.
You can learn the process of applying for a job perfectly, but if you’re not the right person for the role, none of that matters.
In Part 1 of this series, we looked at what it’s like on the job in the GE Financial Management Program, including pay and exit opportunities.
In Part 2 today, you’ll discover how to break in, including:
- What the “perfect candidate” for FMP roles looks like, and how to figure out if it’s for you.
- What the recruiting process looks like, and why assessment centers are even more critical than in IB interviews.
- Why making corporate finance your “Plan B” if banking doesn’t work out is a recipe for disaster.
- Insider information on the recruiting process from someone who went through the whole thing successfully (me!).
These tips are intended for the Financial Management Program at GE, but the criteria and the process are very similar for corporate finance graduate programs at other F500 companies.
So if you’re interested in corporate finance at Apple, Exxon Mobil, Wal-Mart, or any other company that size, here’s what you need to know: