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Sherri Tran, BBA 2020

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On March 7, 2017, the Schulich Protégé Program hosted their very first Ultimate Job Prep, featuring a mock interview and finance or case based workshop, conducted by [their] experienced mentors and sponsors.

The mock interview varied per person. Personally, it consisted of not only tips for the interview, but also a meaningful conversation that I learned a lot from.

The case workshop, covering the marketing and consulting disciplines, consisted of a breakdown of the overall steps to be taken for case-writing. With a total of six sections, a case should typically include:

  1. A problem statement – considering the company’s decision-making factors including, but not limited to, time, money, and location
  2. An Analysis of Internal and External Factors – analysis may consist of SWOT, Porter’s 5 Forces, PESTLE, 4Ps, and RBV
  3. Alternatives – have two to three
  4. Recommendation
  5. Implementation – must be able to distinguish between long- and short-term
  6. Financials

The finance workshop included useful tips and tricks. In a finance interview or setting, there is typically a behavioural and a technical portion. In the technical, in interviewer may ask what an increase or decrease in a certain value, such as depreciation, would impact the three different statements (income, cash flow, and balance sheet). A useful tip is to complete the balance sheet last as an overall check and confirmation. Moreover, if it were an interview setting, there would be no pens and papers so calculations and explanations must be done mentally. For a guide to all questions possible for finance interviews, you can purchase Breaking into Wall Street Guides. As for the behavioural, networking is essential. A brief conversation can imply the desired culture and communication method required.

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