How to Get a Job as a Financial Manager
Financial managers typically start out in entry-level positions at large organizations or banks, and those who excel move up the ladder and become managers, taking on more responsibility and financial oversight duties. Kyle Ryan, executive vice president and director of investment sales and service at Personal Capital, an online wealth-management firm, urges aspiring financial managers to build both people skills and analytical skills. "Academic courses in finance and accounting can help provide a good baseline. I would also encourage reading market-related periodicals like Barron's and the Wall Street Journal. In terms of work experience, a role in corporate finance or management consulting can provide a solid analytical framework," says Ryan.
Interview Questions Submitted by Real Financial Managers
"Tell me why you would like to work for a company that is experiencing bankruptcy." - A&P Finance Manager Candidate (Location Unknown)
"If a customer asked you how much paint we sell in a year and you had to calculate it on a napkin during a meeting, how would you do that?" - Home Depot Manager of Finance Candidate (Atlanta, GA)
What is the Job Like?
Financial managers work with a lot of numbers, but they also oversee teams of people, which means days are often spent on a mix of in-person and number-crunching activities. Ryan says daily activities include staying up to speed on the global markets and reading up on industry research. They also tend to work full-time. In the field, that often means more than 40 hours a week.
Real Reviews From Financial Managers
+ "Good mid-level management, supportive environment where you can develop new professional skills. Great benefits and good pay." - T-Mobile Finance Manager (Bellevue, WA)
+ "Emphasis on career growth, work-life balance, and achievement of goals through teamwork and cross-functional collaboration." - Washington Mutual Senior Finance Manager (Seattle, WA)
- "Upper management is too concerned with short term financial goals that it is leaving the company in a very poor position in the future." - Dell Finance Manager (Location Unknown)
- "Getting info and advancements are easier if you're in the headquarter."- Clorox Finance Manager (Location Unknown)
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