Candidate tips - How to perform at your best

Pre-interview preparation

Preparation is key to ensuring you perform at your best in any interview. Below is some advice on how you can do this:

  • Get to know M&G. Make sure to research M&G and know why you are applying. A lot of this information can be found on our website and by using wider resources.
  • Know your CV. There is nothing more embarrassing than being asked a question about your CV and being unable to answer it.
  • Know your scheme. Read the job description. Understanding the scheme for which you are applying is as important as knowing your own CV.
  • Do wider market research. Try and understand the wider world within which M&G operates. You should explore the external issues impacting the area where you want to work, whether these are developments in the investment world or new technologies being used in financial services.
  • Know your interview location. Plan your travel route; know the nearest underground or train station and plan for delays or disruption on the day.

At interview

The purpose of interviews is for us to get to know you better, and for you to get to know us.

  • Dress appropriately for an interview. Business attire is required.
  • Arrive early. Give yourself plenty of time for travel and arrive with sufficient time ahead of the interview. You will want to have time to compose yourself. If you are running late please let us know.
  • Try to relax. We want to get to know the real you. When you are relaxed you will be able to show yourself in a positive light and allow your personality to come through. You have been invited to interview as we see something we like.
  • Take the opportunity to learn. This is a chance for you to get to know us as much as it is for us to get to know you. There are no such things as stupid questions even in a recruitment process.
  • Take your time. Be sure you take time to listen to the questions and give your honest opinion and answers. Pre-rehearsed competency questions, for example, will often not answer the question or show your ability to think on your feet. We are interested in how you think and not what you already know.
  • Be honest. It is OK to say “I don’t know”. You will get asked some difficult questions so answer what you can and be honest about your understanding. We don’t expect you to have all the answers at this stage and assessors know and appreciate this.