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 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,” he says.
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)
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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 tasks include staying up to speed on the global markets and reading industry research. Financial managers also tend to work full time. In this field, that often means more than 40 hours a week.
Last updated by Casey Quinlan.