INTERVIEW QUESTIONS: Smith & Williamson, investment management, graduate

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Question:

Why have you Chosen Investment Management and at Smith & Williamson?

Student’s answer:

-It’s what interests me, hence a degree in finance and desire to work in the industry

-It’s an opportunity to interact with a wide range of clients and industries

-Smith & Williamson because it is a dynamic company that has done very well through the economic turmoil, great training programme and opportunity for quick career development in a respected and recognised company.

Question:

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Student’s answer:

-I see myself in middle to upper management with added responsibility and a team that I manage here at S&W.

- I see myself on the cusp of further promotion to high levels of management and more responsibility and also a fully qualified investment manager.

Question:

What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

Student’s answer:

-Greatest strength:  Focus, eager to learn, energetic and personable

-Weaknesses: Perfectionist which can sometimes mean I spend too long on a task, but I have learned how to judge and allocate my time so that I can meet tight deadlines while still producing high quality work.

We cannot guarantee the authenticity of these questions nor the accuracy of the answers: they are what one candidate claims to have been asked by Smith & Williamson and have not been verified by the bank. To visit our long list of all banks’ graduate interview questions in 2012, click here.

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