Speed interviews prepare finance students for career start

Students from the MSc Finance & Investments Advanced programme at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) concluded an intensive career coaching week with a full day of speed interviews with various financial consulting organisations and banks. The speed interview event took place at the Erasmus Paviljoen on campus on Friday 26 January 2018.

In total, representatives from 11 companies in the Netherlands and Germany came to campus to interview the students for about 20 minutes each. The organisations ranged from Dutch commercial banks such as Rabobank and ABN AMRO to the transaction services department from consultancies such as Deloitte, KPMG, and EY, to asset and liability manager Aegon, and development bank FMO.


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This variety gave the 47 students the opportunity to match with an HR recruiter or business professional working in a company in their particular field of interest.

"I really enjoyed talking to the companies during the speed interview event. Especially the feedback we received from our interview partners was helpful to improve for future interviews," said German student Julia Bernhardt.


First impression

Each student had several interviews in one day. Each interview concluded with feedback from the interviewers about their performance. This was especially helpful for the students as they got professional feedback on their strengths and weaknesses.

Student Laura Raffaela Dreher agrees. “The feedback after the interview was really valuable as it gave me ideas on how I present myself to a professional interviewer. I could already use this feedback for the next interview.” 

“It was a perfect opportunity to give a first impression to the companies, to get to know the potential placement at the different companies, and to generally get a better insight in different job opportunities,” Dreher said.


Comparing company cultures

With all these companies in one place, the various company cultures could immediately be compared. Through the speed interviews, students and companies could learn if there was a match between their ambitions. This allows students to follow up with applications for positions that they are interested in.

“I thought the company representatives were very friendly and genuinely interested in getting to know us. And, I got to know internship opportunities that I wasn’t aware of,” Dreher said.

The event concluded with networking drinks, giving students and companies the opportunity to follow-up in an informal matter after the initial contact from the speed interviews.


MSc Finance & Investments Advanced

RSM’s 16-month, 90 ECTS MSc Finance & Investments Advanced programme is a selective and advanced-level programme offering demanding content to recognise students of exceptional ability, quantitative skills and advanced knowledge, as well as their managerial and social skills. It features more personal and closer interaction with businesses and organisations in the industry as well as highly interactive and small classes.

Companies can connect with this group of world-class finance students through the many mutual benefits of a corporate partnership, or by contacting FI-A Career Development Manager Vildana Gacic via

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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