Motiver sa candidature

Dans cette section, nous vous présentations un nombre de réponses aux questions que tout recruteur vous demandera à coup sûr, notamment : «Pourquoi voulez-vous travailler pour notre entreprise ?»,  «Pourquoi voulez-vous travailler pour notre département ?» et finalement «Qu’est-ce qui vous intéresse du rôle auquel vous avez postulé ?»

1er scénario : ABC est un cabinet-conseil ou une banque pour finance corporative

Why do you want to work at ABC? I want to work in corporate finance advisory, but it is also essential for me to find a company that places as much importance as I do on integrity and on impartially in its conduct. The way that ABC conducts itself embodies what I believe to be impartiality.

I am drawn to ABC because it’s one of most internationally oriented consultancies. I feel that in this company, my fluency in [langue #1], good command of [langue #2], and experience gained while working abroad alongside different cultures would be seen as an asset.

Finally, I already had previous contacts with ABC ,which were positive and this gave me a good opinion of the company. For example, in my country, ABC enjoys such levels of credibility that the government routinely asks ABC to carry economic/fiscal studies which ultimately become references in matters of new legislation when weaknesses in the country are uncovered.

Why do you want the role of junior corporate finance analyst? I’m drawn to this role because I am interested in the sort of advisory work undertaken by a corporate finance practice and because this role would allow me to gain further exposure transactions that would tie in with previous experience.

I’m also interested by the role because it entails solving problems, working alongside several participants, engaging with clients, participating on presentations and with given further experience, helping winning new business and possibly contributing in some elements of negotiating.

Finally, the appeal of the role also lies in the challenge of taking necessary decisions on the basis of incomplete and sometimes unreliable information.

What sort of tasks do you expect the role of junior analyst to involve? I expect the responsibilities of this role to include (1) research on potential targets and on past transactions, (2) analysis of sector trends, (3) preparation of documentation such as new business proposals, sales memoranda, buyer analyses, (4) business plans, (5) briefing dossiers, (6) critical review of financial information.

2e scénario : XYZ is a large accounting firm

Why do you want to work at XYZ? I would like to work in the field of corporate tax but it is essential that I find a company that places as much importance as I do on integrity and on impartially in its conduct. XYZ is known for its good practice in this regard, ensuring integrity by providing advisory services which are independent from financing sources. Second, I am attracted by the possibility given by XYZ to specialise in taxation but then within this field to explore in different tax specialities. Finally, I want to work for XYZ because it offers its trainees the unique chance to pursue tax or accountancy qualification (Chartered Accountancy or Chartered Institute of Taxation) which appeals enormously to me.

Why do you want the role of tax trainee? I am applying for the position of tax trainee as I want to become an accountant, specialising in corporate tax. I am particularly interested in the advisory work undertaken by tax teams: to work in an advisory capacity dealing with clients, negotiating with tax authorities on the clients’ behalf and ultimately helping them navigate through fiscal legislation. When I was at university, I interned during the summer in a [nommez une entreprise quelconque]. I liked the job, but what enjoyed were the technical aspects of the experience. And on the occasions when I would liaise with accountants, it became clear that I really liked the nature of their work.

What sort of tasks do you expect the role of tax trainee to involve? I expect that first-year tax trainees are introduced to principles of audit and taxation through a combination of formal study and work experience. Trainees learn about recurring tax work such as compliance with accepted practice, tax calculations, tax returns, answering general queries from Inland Revenue and are then progressively guided through more complex issues such as devising tax-reducing strategies to help enterprises reduce their tax liabilities and negotiating with tax authorities where disputes on matters of interpretation may arise.

Questions liées à la personnalité

Il est habituel lors d’une entrevue que l’on vous pose des questions liées à votre personnalité pour établir votre comportement dans des circonstances qui pourraient survenir dans un emploi. Nous présentons ci-bas les questions les plus habituelles ainsi que des réponses suggérées.

How would you deal with someone who was disappointed with your work? I would ask which parts of my work are unsatisfactory and explain that I am willing to make whatever changes are deemed necessary. Donnez un exemple à l’appui.

How to approach someone who needs your help? I would first ask if he would care for help and would try to understand what this person fails to understand. Instead of simply giving the person an answer, I would offer to explain the principle underlying the problem. He was then able to complete his part of our team project. Donnez un exemple à l’appui. Pouquoi cette réponse ? Parce que les employeurs ne veulent pas d’un candidat dont la solution à la paresse des autres est de faire leur travail à leur place. Donc, aider, oui, bosser pour les fénéants, non.

How to approach someone who does not contribute as much as should? I would find an appropriate moment to approach this person and then made specific suggestions as to what he could do. Hopefully, the person would immediately get the hint. This intervention would also presumably help team morale. If I were a supervisory position, the most appropriate first would again be to offer a specific suggestion as to where the person can contribute. If the person does not respond to this hint and then I would find a private moment and explain politely to the person that he is not meeting the standards that were expected of staff in the company. Donnez un exemple à l’appui.

How do you influence or convince a sceptical audience? I would try understanding what type of individuals make up the audience. Assessing with whom I am dealing allows anticipating their concerns, the sort of information they might overlook and the arguments they might be incline to accept. Donnez un exemple à l’appui.

If your former boss were to tell me in which way you should change, what would it be? My former boss would probably say that I should trust my instincts. Il s’agit ici d’ici d’une réponse très prudente. Vous vous présentez comme étant très compétent sans toutefois paraître immodeste, car ce ne pas vous qui le dites, c’est votre patron.