Preparing for an Interview
Remember that an interview is a two-way process — it's an opportunity for us to get to know more about you and your achievements, and for you to find out more about the firm and our culture. Make the most of the experience by ensuring you are fully prepared.
Before the interview:
- Review our Technology website and our global careers site so you learn as much as you can about J.P. Morgan, our business areas and our culture. If you know people who work in our industry, particularly within the business area you're interviewing with, don't be afraid to contact them and ask them questions.
- Read the trade press regularly and be prepared to discuss topical issues.
- Know yourself. Think about why a career in technology working within financial services interests you.
- Most of our interviews are competency based, so think about aligning your key skills with relevant examples. If you have not had much interview experience, attend practice sessions at your university careers service center. Remember, however prepared you are, you will still need to show that you can think on your feet. Key skills and competencies that we look for are highlighted in the Full-Time Opportunities section of this site.
On the day:
- Wear appropriate business dress and act professionally.
- Allow plenty of time to travel to your interview and plan your route the evening before so that you will arrive on time.
- Watch your body language - posture, handshake, eye contact and smile.
- Make sure your phone is turned off.
- Structure your thoughts, have confidence and be honest. Think about each question carefully before responding and answer as best you can.
- Be yourself and don't be too nervous. Your interviewer is only human.
- Demonstrate your interest by having some questions for us. This is your chance to learn more about our business and culture.
- Answer the question asked rather than the one that you have practiced. Never give answers that appear to have come from an interview guide.