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Old 11-04-2015, 02:30 PM
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All-days are pretty standard. I haven't had anything shorter since graduating college.

I try to show up as relaxed and rested as I can. Expect to treat it like a tough work day where you're booked in meetings with higher-ups the whole time. I don't come in with any hopes and keep a neutral attitude, expect to screw up a couple of times. I never expect to get the job, I don't even really think about that. Just hope to put in a solid day's work, act personable, and go with the flow.

Rest afterwards, then reflect, but don't be too critical if you screw up.

I recommend going on a bunch of first-dates, that'll help you learn to curb your expectations and go with the flow.

ETA: do all the stuff recommended by other posters. But after a couple of all-day onsights that stuff should become pretty second nature.
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The all-day interview is much more preferred IMO than the one interview a day for multiple days. Just choose one or two select tidbits from each segment and bring it up in the next segment. The interviewers will think you paid attention when they share notes afterward.
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I've seen it. I've done it, but not very often.
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Thanks for the advice. I will update when I come back from the interview.
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Old 11-05-2015, 12:12 AM
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I find that people really love to talk about themselves. So if you give a person (especially a more junior analyst) a chance to talk about what they do, they enjoy it. Of course, asking "what do you do?" to your interviewer probably isn't a great idea; ask questions specific to the role of the person you're speaking to, and incorporate things they've mentioned.

Definitely read up on the company before interviewing and ask questions about the company as they are appropriate. Don't force anything, though, if the opportunity isn't there.

Example: company does X, Y, and Z. The role you're interviewing for is just in X. Ask questions about how if being a part of X will lend any exposure to Y or Z, or how the companies leverages opportunities with Y and Z through X, etc. Of course with those types of situations it's also good to not come across as, "I don't really care about X but I'll use it to get my foot in the door so that I can eventually do Y or Z." Just show interest in the entire business, not merely the area you're interviewing with.

A personal pet peeve is when people are unnecessarily defensive. Like if I ask, "your resume says you are proficient in Excel. Tell me about what you've used Excel for." and then the interviewee comes back with, "well, I took a class in college, but that's it. But we learned about all the functions and I got an A and I'm really smart, promise..." Truthfully, most EL's we interview aren't as good at Excel as they think they are (most don't even know what a pivot table is). And that's fine. But just be forthcoming.

Which leads me to...(and it might already be too late for this) don't lie. Don't exaggerate. You WILL be asked questions about your resume and if you took liberties with your experience, it will be uncomfortable when that's brought to light.


But, again, my biggest advice is just to be yourself. If you're getting this kind of an interview, your resume is good enough to get the job. It's your personality and how you stack up against the other players that will decide. A winning personality won't get you a job you aren't qualified for, and it won't get you a job if someone else is a better fit/well liked, but you can certainly lose out on a job you are perfect for if you aren't approachable or if you're off-putting. It's just how it is.
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Be prepared to remember whom you spoke to and what they said. At the end of the day, the HR person will do a recap of the day. If you don't remember anybody's name, you will look pretty dumb.

If you don't think you can remember everyone's name, bring a notebook and write down names and key statements.
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Be prepared to remember whom you spoke to and what they said. At the end of the day, the HR person will do a recap of the day. If you don't remember anybody's name, you will look pretty dumb.

If you don't think you can remember everyone's name, bring a notebook and write down names and key statements.
Definitely, I always bring a notepad with me when I do face-to-face interview. Thanks!
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