How current events impacts their business and specific role
The world news influences business in so many facets. Knowing the current state of the economy, how the markets have been performing, what industry trends look like, and other important items can lend a really big impact on the day to day job you are interviewing for. If you find yourself particularly passionate about a certain topic that has gained traction in the news, ask about how it might influence their role. If you have been following a story in the headlines for a few weeks, inquire about how it might shape the firm’s strategic approach or this specific division in general. Introducing worldly, relevant topics into the interview will definitely impress your interviewer!
How the firm culture influences their experience on the job
Firm culture is everything nowadays. The environment in which you work in really dictates a lot of your experience at the firm. That being said, each company has a unique culture that they build off of and is integrated into the way they operate. Ask about a few of their firm values and principles you researched and how that has shaped their on the job experience. Hearing it from their perspective on the culture will give a deeper insight than simply reading it on the firm’s website.
What skill set, soft or hard, do successful interns/analysts embody that set them a part
At the entry level it is really about having a strong skill set and developing those skills in the first few years of your career. Ask what they have personally seen set a part good from great workers in this role. That will give you a better idea if this is the right fit for your career and what the day to day role might look like once your on the job. If you feel that one of the skills they mention is a particular strength of yours, use it as an opportunity to mention that!
Something personal to their experience
People love to talk about themselves and that’s a fact. These interviewers are constantly meeting other individuals and learning about their past work and academics but don’t often get asked about their role in particular. Ask about their biggest challenges over the years, their favorite aspects of the job, what have been the most rewarding parts, and more to get a better sense of their perspective and insight.