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About Nomura

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At Nomura you will discover a unique spirit and proud heritage. Since 1925, Nomura has built on a commitment to deliver unique value to clients by connecting markets East & West. We continue to service our clients in a differentiated way, providing creative and entrepreneurial solutions.

If you are keen to be a part of a highly nimble and diverse workforce that offers opportunities for you to build a long term career, then come and discover more about Nomura. This could be a perfect fit for you.

Since our founding we have accumulated an unparalled depth and breadth of experience throughout Asia and the rest of the world. We are a highly integrated global network of 27,000 people in 30 countries across our retail, asset management and wholesale (Global Markets and Investment Banking) divisions.

Help us realize our strategy and ambition by joining us in one of our three wholesale businesses:

  • Global Markets
  • Investment Banking
  • Corporate Infrastructure (ie, Operations, Technology and Finance)

Americas

Our history in the US dates back to 1927 when Nomura became a registered member of the New York Stock Exchange. Much of our early work concentrated on providing clients with a unique view of, and access to, Asian markets.

Nomura has a built a strong capital position in the Americas with product knowledge in Fixed Income, Equities, Investment Banking and Asset Management. While our regional headquarters are in New York, we also have offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Toronto, Bermuda, and São Paulo.

Message from the Group CEO

Supporting Japan's Future

Our home market of Japan is on the verge of significant change. Since the new government came to power in 2012, we have seen early signs of an economic recovery. To build on this momentum, we need to look hard at what the country requires and how we can contribute.

Given that Japan is the world's largest creditor nation and has the world's fastest aging population, one area that requires attention is the creation of a new social framework. At the same time, we need to revise the structure of our financial system. For Japan to grow sustainably into the future, the capital markets will have to play a more prominent role. Indeed, Japan's approximately ¥1,500 trillion in personal financial assets holds the key to the country's future growth. Nomura aims to support this growth by facilitating the flow of funds throughout the economy.

Connecting Markets East & West

Asia is expected to account for half of the world's GDP by 2050 and will no doubt remain the growth engine of the global economy over the coming years. However, for the region to realize its full potential, Asian countries must finance the large-scale infrastructure projects required to underpin economic growth. Japan can play a leading role here, growing together with the rest of Asia by putting its financial assets to work across the region. With Asia as our home market, this is an area in which Nomura has a distinct competitive advantage.

As economies around the world mature and become increasingly global, companies and investors in the West are looking East for growth opportunities. As the only Japanese financial institution with a truly global network, Nomura is well placed to connect markets in the East and the West by leveraging our franchise to provide liquidity in the world's capital markets. By meeting the needs of our global client base and expanding our business, we can contribute to economic growth and social development.

In doing so, we aim to win the trust of our clients and society as we work towards being Asia's global investment bank.

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Nomura History

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Diversity & corporate citizenship

Corporate citizenship

Investing in the communities where we operate is an integral part of our business model and our culture. Every day we think creatively for our clients and our capacity for innovation also gives us the ability to drive societal change – that is at the heart of our award-winning Community Affairs program.

In all our work with local communities, our approach is underpinned by a desire to make life better for future generations. In practice, this means investing in young people and leveling the playing field, so that everyone has a better chance to grow and succeed, regardless of their socioeconomic background.

Nomura is committed to contributing to sustainable development through our core business and corporate activities in order to make the world a better place for future generations.

With the support of Nomura employees’ as volunteers, initiatives and fund raising events have included the Power Lunch mentoring and literacy program, Parkinson's Unity Walk, MuckFest MS, Dress for Success and Make-A-Wish Family day amongst other monthly volunteering programs organised.

Diversity and inclusion

We believe that attracting, developing and retaining the most talented people with the broadest experiences positively affects the bottom line. By fostering an inclusive culture, we are working to create an organization where impressive people can build their careers. Our people should be valued for the work they do and be respected for their contributions.

One of the ways we encourage people to connect with others is through our employee networks, Women in Nomura (WIN), LGBT and Employee Life and Families (ELF). Through formal and informal events, participants are able to exchange ideas and receive support on both career and family related topics. By supporting the development of employee networks and communities of interest, we are breaking down silos and strengthening relationships across the globe.

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Our Business

Built to value ideas

Intellectual Capital in Action
Get a unique perspective from our international experts – Connecting Markets East & West.

We have a client-centric model and continue to make significant enhancements to our investment banking platform, global distribution, structuring expertise and product capabilities.

We continue to significantly increase our global footprint where we believe we have a competitive advantage and can best serve our clients, employees and shareholders. By putting our clients at the center of everything we do, we provide high value-added solutions and contribute to economic growth as Asia’s global investment bank.

Annisa Lee
Head of Flow Credit Analysis, Asia ex-Japan

Kevin Gaynor
Global Head of Asset Allocation Strategy

George Goncalves
Head of US Rates Strategy

Selim Toker
Hedging Balance Sheet Risk

Nick Kenworthy
Head of Research Sales, UK

Richard Byworth
Head of Multi Strategy Sales, Asia ex-Japan

Investment Banking

Our Investment Banking Division provides a variety of advisory and capital-raising solutions to corporations, financial institutions, governments and public-sector organizations around the world. Our global teams act as geographic, product and industry specialists.

Corporate Finance Advisory: Sector and country coverage professionals are critical in identifying and analyzing deal opportunities and managing client relationships. The ideas generated can have a tremendous impact on a sector.

Global Finance and Capital Raising: Global Finance is a combination of product experts, who are focused on providing tailor-made client solutions in debt or equity financing. The group works closely with Corporate Finance, M&A and Global Markets to originate structure and execute deals across the globe.

We deliver Asia to our clients – accessing deep pools of liquidity and dynamic growth markets, with cross-border collaborations in M&A, DCM, ECM, and solutions businesses.

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Global Markets

Nomura's Global Markets Division handles client transactions for financial institutions, corporates, governments and investment funds around the world. We act as market makers, trading in fixed income and equity securities, including currencies, interest rates and credit in cash, derivatives and structured products. We have taken market-leading positions across the globe by leveraging the strength of our talent, client relationships and technology.

By developing strong relationships with our client base through consistent interaction, independent advice and pre-eminent access to Asia, we have built a powerful global franchise across interest rates, currency and credit products. Our client services cover both high-volume flow products and carefully tailored structured solutions. We have adapted to the changing financial landscape to build a client centric focus differentiated by innovation, electronic and service excellence and market-leading derivatives capabilities.

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Corporate Infrastructure

Our Corporate Infrastructure Division is what underpins the success of the entire organization. It is internationally renowned and structured to deliver a world-class client service. We rely on it to build and support the business, helping us deliver innovative financial solutions that set Nomura apart in the global marketplace.

In our highly competitive and fast-paced industry, strong infrastructure teams are fundamental to our success. Work in these areas (Compliance, Finance, Operations or Technology) with us and you will operate at the forefront of your field, as well as gaining a valuable insight into how Nomura operates on a global scale.

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Our People

Talented people drive our business forward

Nomura believes in harnessing the ambition of talented and intelligent people to drive our business forward. Our graduates' entrepreneurial spirits are helping us to realize our strategy to become Asia's global investment banking. Hear how Nomura impressed them, their experiences as interns and graduates and the evolution of their roles and responsibilities since joining.

Programs

We’re looking to recruit individuals who are motivated

An internship with Nomura is your opportunity to see what you could be part of. You will get first-hand experience of the possibilities a career in banking could bring you, and get a feel for our culture. You will also have the opportunity to create new networks, gain valuable on-the-job training and see what makes us the most exciting proposition in the investment banking world.

We aim to give our interns the same level of exposure as a first-year Analyst or Associate. That means you will work as a full member of the team, participating in team meetings, potentially meeting clients, forming effective working relationships and showing a real commitment to our goals and values. During the course of your internship you can expect to work closely with a buddy and have regular contact with senior mentors.

If you're fascinated by the markets and their movements, cycles and patterns, then global markets is for you. Learn how we make the markets and handle major transactions for corporations, governments and investment funds around the globe. The internship is designed as a spring-board to a career in global markets where we will give you exposure to the challenges and opportunities a full-time Analyst or Associate will have in their first year with us. The full-time program, begins with orientation in New York and global training in our London office.

What's involved?

You will have an excellent introduction to the firm. Next, you will learn valuable, hands-on skills such as valuation, pricing and structuring. The emphasis here is on practical application - we will make sure that you quickly develop the technical proficiency and strong business skills you will need to thrive in this fast-moving market environment. And, throughout your development, you will be supported by a buddy, a mentor and our dedicated program management team.

Sales: You will learn the skills needed to develop and maintain strong relationships with institutional clients, including pension funds, hedge funds, insurance companies and others.
Trading: You will buy and sell securities in the secondary market on behalf of clients or the firm, taking responsibility for market making and capital commitment.
Research: You will collect, analyze and assess industry and company information, providing keen market insight and impressive investment ideas for institutional investors and internal clients.
Structuring: You will develop expertise in designing and developing innovative products and strategies tailored to specific client needs.

If it's the challenge and excitement of investment banking that drives you, then this is the route for you. The internship is designed as a spring-board to a career in investment banking where we will give you exposure to the challenges and opportunities a full-time Analyst or Associate will have in their first year with us. The full-time program, begins with orientation in New York and global training in our London office. By the time you have finished, you will have all the functional skills, technical knowledge and tools you will need for an influential career.

What's involved?

Our internship and graduate programs will give you everything you need to join the front ranks of global investment bankers. You will develop knowledge and experience in accounting, modelling, valuation and deal structuring. You will find that the emphasis is on practical application - this way you can expect to make an immediate impact. And, throughout your development, you will be supported by a buddy, a mentor, and our dedicated program management team.

Deal execution: You will work closely with clients and execution teams (lawyers, accountants, consultants and bankers) on mandated transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, capital raisings and restructurings.
Client relationship management: We want to see you generating and presenting ideas at client meetings alongside senior bankers.
Strategic analysis: We will train you to produce financial, structural and business risk analysis to support transactions and client presentations.

For an Associate role you must have or be completing an MBA and have relevant work experience.

If you want to gain a clear overview of a fast-moving global business, then consider choosing one of our corporate infrastructure programs. These programs in finance, operations, technology and risk will give you product-specific training in your chosen area.

Finance professionals play a critical role in creating and preserving shareholder value by providing business advice and ensuring control of the global franchise. This includes accounting, treasury, tax and regulatory services. This part of the business provides analysis and oversight, including our overall financial performance. Finance is also responsible for managing our funding and liquidity requirements and for interacting with our creditors and the rating agencies.

What's involved?

This program will provide you an opportunity to learn how we manage the flow of money in and out of the business through internal control systems. You will also enjoy an excellent overview of Nomura's performance, including revenues, expenses, regulatory capital and headcount. And you can expect to partner closely with senior business leaders in a highly collaborative and dynamic environment.

This is the organization that takes responsibility for the processing, control and settlement of Nomura's transactions. Operations provide support to the trading front office. Think of this division as the support and control infrastructure that enables Nomura to develop and deliver across the world.

What's involved?

Join Operations and you will be responsible for the management and execution of transactions in a way that maximizes profitability and minimizes risks. Expect to work closely with our sales, trading and IT teams as you develop innovative and efficient approaches to our clients' investment, liquidity and risk management needs.

What will I need?

To join our graduate program in operations, you will need: a minimum GPA of 3.5 in any discipline; a working knowledge of the finance industry; and a dynamic and proactive attitude.

Technology at Nomura involves working with, and designing, state-of-the-art information technology and risk management systems. These are the systems that can often give us that crucial, split-second edge over our competitors. Daily tasks range from infrastructure support and deployment to in-house development of complex modeling software and applications.

What's involved?

Expect to get involved in developing new applications to implement cutting-edge standards, constantly staying at the forefront of technology. You will develop an impressive level of technical knowledge and build your skills in systems development and support, using a range of technology packages (VB, SQL, Perl, C++, Java, XML, XSLT, JSP). In addition to this, you will gain an understanding of different financial products (such as equities, bonds, futures, options, swaps, exotic derivatives and quanto) and build complex and valuable knowledge of risk management methods and techniques as well as live trade analysis.

What will I need?

To join our graduate program in technology, you will need: a minimum GPA of 3.5 in any discipline; a working knowledge of the finance industry; and a dynamic and proactive attitude.

Our risk group is responsible for identifying, analyzing and managing our risk. The information and advice they give us shapes our risk appetite and risk decisions. By continually monitoring operational, credit and market risk, we are able to make quick, strong decisions that give us the best possible standing in the global marketplace.

What's involved?

When you start in risk, you will receive all the dedicated training and support you need to prepare you for your role. Our training program will provide you with an excellent introduction to the firm, as well as hands-on skills, such as: the techniques we use to analyze risk; how to manage our risk frameworks; and how to use technology packages like SQL and VBA. With this training you will be able to make an immediate impact on our business.
Operational risk management: You will work across our business functions to ensure they are managing their operational risks effectively.
Credit risk: Alongside our credit officers, you will analyze the credit quality of hedge funds and financial institutions before we take them on as clients.
Market risk: Focused on fixed-income markets, you will evaluate our exposure in cash and derivatives, making sure all relevant data is recorded and used in daily risk calculations.

What will I need?

Join our graduate program in risk, you will need: a minimum GPA of 3.5 in any discipline; a working knowledge of the finance industry; and a dynamic and proactive attitude.

Our training program builds Nomura's pipeline of future leaders and functional experts through the successful integration and development of early tenured professionals. The global nature of our programs is a key differentiator and our graduates begin their career with us in London with participants from EMEA, US and Asia offices. We will also provide you with ongoing learning and development opportunities throughout your career.

Our training program covers various modules, which include:

  • An introduction to Nomura, its strategy, platform and businesses
  • Providing a comprehensive understanding of the Analyst and Associate role in their respective division
  • Equipping our Analysts and Associates with the finance/technical skills essential for their career
  • Promote networks for collaboration amongst global colleagues

The Global Markets training program is designed to provide our Analysts and Associates with the knowledge and the skills required to make an immediate contribution to their team. The global course is the first step in the graduates' assimilation into Nomura and the development of their career.

The curriculum combines a broad Global Markets overview, financial fundamentals and specific divisional and functional content. Participants are exposed to senior leadership through integrated business speakers, success panels and networking events. The program also emphasizes Nomura's commitment to giving back to the community through an organized philanthropic activity.

The delivery of the continuous development curriculum takes place via a broad means, including classroom sessions, senior speaker series, e-Learning, subject matter experts, mentoring programs and team-building events.

The training program is designed to provide a solid foundation in preparation for a smooth transition into investment banking at Nomura.

The program comprehensively covers: accounting, corporate finance/valuation, financial modelling, fixed income and equity product analytics and banking group overviews. Complementing the classroom learning, Analysts and Associates complete assignments, deliver presentations on financial news and attend social events arranged to facilitate teamwork and peer interaction.

Our continuing education series comprises of sessions delivered by bankers on a variety of topics such as DCM, ECM, M&A process, LBO modelling. In addition, all Analysts and Associates have the opportunity to attend soft skills training, which focus on presentation, communication skills, personal impact, negotiation skills and relationship management skills.

Nomura's Corporate Infrastructure training program comprises of online resources, classroom based technical and product training and a soft skills curriculum.

The two weeks of intensive training when graduates join offers a comprehensive introduction to banking in general, along with financial products and concepts. The training is delivered by external trainers and senior internal subject matter experts. During the initial training graduates will participate in classroom based seminars, trading simulations, business overviews and networking events.

Whatever division you join, you will benefit from ongoing performance feedback. At Nomura, our managers spend time focusing on your career development. They will dedicate considerable amounts of time to coach and mentor you, helping you to realize your full potential.

News & Campus Events

The graduates are set to enjoy great success

We arrange a number of campus events during the recruitment season, which include company presentations, skills sessions, careers fairs and networking events at various universities and business schools.

Nomura campus events provide students with an opportunity to meet with business representatives and the graduate recruitment team. Our team can provide you with application and interview advice, and we are always keen to meet talented, ambitious students on campus. You should check with your careers service for more information on Nomura events on campus.

Know Nomura Facts

  • No. 1 Institutional Investor All-Japan Research team ranking for the fifth consecutive year
  • No. 1 in Nikkei Veritas analyst ranking survey for Fixed Income Analyst / Economist survey for the fourth consecutive year
  • Nomura ranked #1 for FX Research in Institutional Investor’s All-America Fixed Income Research Survey
  • Nomura wins Best IPO: Suntory Beverage & Food $3.72bn IPO
  • Xstrata Glencore, $90bn joint financial advisor
  • Grifols acquisition of the Transfusion Diagnostics Unit of Novartis AG, $1.68bn

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Whether you are just entering the industry or an experienced professional looking for your next exciting opportunity, working at Nomura is a unique opportunity to make a difference in the industry in a way that is unprecedented. We have quite a number of roles for which we are currently accepting applications and we invite you to go through our list of global opportunities and send your CV to us.

Please click here to review current opportunities.

Please click here to view the latest Americas recruiting brochure.

You will need to apply through your university or business school careers service. We accept applications from all degree disciplines. While your degree subject doesn't matter, you must be numerate, with an interest in finance and have a desire to work in the investment banking industry.

Your application will be screened and if you are invited to interviews, you should be prepared to answer questions relating to our competencies:

  • Problem solving/Analytics
  • Team skills/Professionalism
  • Leadership
  • Initiative
  • Communication
Does Nomura offer internship programs?

Yes, we offer 10 week internships in the Summer, as well as a 3-6 month internship within our Technology business, part time throughout the school year.

May I apply to more than one division?

Yes. You can apply for up to three divisions, however, you should do as much research as possible beforehand. It is important to understand which business area would best match your skills set and interests. We will expect you to be able to discuss your choice, and show both enthusiasm for, and knowledge of the various roles.

What should I expect during the interview process?

If you apply and you are selected for first-round interviews, you will have one on-campus interview or first round in our New York office. During the final round interviews, you will have four 30-minute, one-on-one interviews with senior business representatives (a banker who is vice president or above).

Find out more here.

What is Nomura looking for in candidates?
  • Professional presence (including communication skills, attitude, assertiveness, self confidence and a high level of maturity).
  • Commitment and drive (including bias to action, resourcefulness, work ethic, drive to excel and tenacity).
  • Problem solving and analytical skills (including analytical approach, logic, commercial intuition and quantitative ability).
  • Planning and execution (including attention to detail, results orientation, creative approach and time management skills).
  • Collaboration (including relationship-building, team orientation, diplomacy and respect).
  • Leadership (including persuasion skills, motivating others, integrity and empathy). Throughout the CV screening and interview process, you will be assessed on these core competencies.
I've been accepted for an interview. Do you have any tips?

We want you to do your very best at interview. So take a look at our section on interview tips. In this section, you can complete a mock interview and read our guide on interview etiquette.

Will Nomura sponsor work authorization?

Yes, we will sponsor those students we offer, but the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will ultimately make the final decision as to whether this will be granted.

There is no need to be nervous at interview - we want you to do well and to show us your potential and what you can do. Preparation is essential and well prepared candidates are more confident, provide more thorough and focused answers and are therefore more likely to be successful.

Use our step by step guide to ensure you take the time to prepare wisely; the key is to ensure your preparation is carefully planned and focused.

Focus - Structure and Plan your Preparation

Preparing for, and being interviewed is similar to sitting an exam; you won’t have time to cover everything, instead you will need to identify the key points and focus on the relevant material.

Firstly, you should congratulate yourself in being selected for interview stage and have confidence in your ability. Then, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What will the interviewers want to know?
    • An interview is not an opportunity to divulge everything you know- instead you need to focus on what is relevant to the company and the position you’re applying for
    • To identify what is most relevant, you will need to fully understand the role, it’s requirements and the key skills and competencies required
  2. How are you going to sell yourself?
    • What is your unique selling point? I.e. what sets you apart from the competition?
    • How do you want the interviewers to remember you after the interview – what key points do you want them to recall?
  3. How will you be assessed?
    • You can’t start your preparation until you know what you are preparing for
    • Read the interview format thoroughly to identify how you will be assessed (i.e. Interviews, case study exercises, and tests). If you’re unsure – ask.
  4. What are the core competencies required for the role?
    • Your interview performance and ultimately if you are successful or not, will be dependent on how you perform against core competencies
    • Identify what are the key competencies required for the role and for the company
    • What examples do you have to demonstrate each competency? Have you considered examples outside academia (i.e. sports, music, drama, volunteering, charity, mentoring, societies or other extracurricular activities)
    • What achievements are you most proud of and why – which competency do they demonstrate?

Interview Questions

Interviewers will use a variety of questions to assess your ability against each competency. Ensure you are familiar with each type of question and how to structure your answers accordingly.

Types of interview questions may include:

  • Competency based questions
    • These require you to provide a real life example to explain how you behaved in a certain situation. Past behaviour is used as an indicator to assess potential future performance
    • Delivering a structured answer is crucial - research the STAR method to guide you
    • Top Tip: Ensure your examples are varied and recent (the more recent the past behaviour; the greater the indication of future ability)
  • Technical questions
    • Practice! There are many online resources or books available with practice questions
    • Questions may include basic accounting, valuation, brain teasers and mental arithmetic
    • Top tip: Brain teasers – the key is not the answer; it is the how you derive at the answer. The interviewer is assessing your ability to formulate a logical and methodical response
  • CV, cover letter and application questions
    • Ensure you have thoroughly re-read each document and identify any obvious questions
    • Top tip: Practice articulating your experience in a concise and structured manner out loud (it doesn’t always sound the same as when you practice in your head).
  • Industry related questions
    • Interviewers will assess your interest, understanding and industry knowledge
    • Top tip: Form an opinion – digest the information you read and form your own judgment. Use facts and statistics to back up your conclusions

Research

There are a number of readily available resources to help you prepare. Make sure you fully utilise all resources available to you. These may include:

  • Online resources: Company website, press releases, annual reports, research publications, social media and online forums
  • School career services and recruitment events
  • Networks – academic Staff, alumni, peers, family and friends – even if they do not have a financial services background, they can help you practice questions

Your Questions

An interview is a two way process. It is an opportunity for you to assess if the company, role and culture is right for you. You will be given time to ask questions at the end of the interview, so you should ensure you use this time wisely.

  • Plan questions to ask in advance - ensure they are relevant, well-thought-out and to the point
  • Show you’ve done your research and use the opportunity to demonstrate your interest

Plan the Interview Day

Preparing as much as possible in advance of your interview day will remove many of the inevitable nerves associated with the process.

  • Before the interview:
    • Dress professionally. Plan you outfit the day before and ensure you wear corporate attire
    • Be Punctual. Plan your route and account for delays in public transport
    • Aim to arrive 15 minutes before your interview start time. Contact us if problems arise and ensure you have noted the name and contact details of who to contact should this happen
    • Take a notebook, a pen (that works) and a calculator. Take a copy of your CV and application form
    • Remember: Be polite to everyone you meet, your interview begins as soon as you walk through the door of the building ore recent the past behaviour; the greater the indication of future ability)
  • During the Interview:
    • Ensure your cell phone is turned off
    • Greet your interviewer(s) with a firm handshake. Remember their name(s)
    • Maintain eye contact with your interviewer(s) and be aware of your body language – sit upright, don’t fidget and smile!
    • Listen carefully to questions you are asked. If you are unclear about anything, ask for clarification
    • Be honest. Back up your answers with real examples. If you exaggerate or lie it will show up in pre-employment checks
    • Relax - whether you are successful or not, the interview is a valuable learning experience. Make sure you get something out of it.
    • Close the interview – thank your interviewer for their time. If you’ve enjoyed the experience and you look forward to hearing about the next steps – tell us
  • After your Interview:
    • Be responsive. Following the interview, go back to your recruiter and continue to build a relationship
    • If you are offered a position it is unprofessional to renege (to accept and then later decline). This could be the first impression you create in the industry - you never know what the future holds
Q: Tell me about yourself

This is one of the most popular interview questions. It allows the interviewer to assess how you react in an unstructured situation and you answer provides an insight to what you think is most important.

Tip – focus on what will be of most interest to the interviewers. Ensure your answer is structured, brief and highlights your most important achievements.

Follow up questions may include:

  • Why did you choose your place of study?
  • What courses have you most / least enjoyed and why?
  • Talk me through your internship experiences
  • What are you interests and hobbies (outside academic)?
  • What are the most important things to you in a job?
Q: Why Banking?

We look for people who have a strong interest in investment banking. Interview Questions will determine how motivated you are and your rationale behind your decisions.

  • Why do you want to work in investment banking?
  • What do you think an Analyst does on a typical day?
  • Why are you interested in this division?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
  • Explain the financial crisis
  • If I gave you a million dollars today, how would you invest your money?
  • Which business publications do you read and why?
Q: Why Nomura?

We want to employ graduates who are passionate about joining Nomura and representing our brand

  • Why do you want to work for Nomura?
  • What differentiates us from our competitors?
  • What is the share price of Nomura today?
  • What do you hope to get out of a job?
  • What other banks are you interviewing with?
Q: Skills

Your interviewer’s want to understand what sets you apart from the competition - sell yourself.

  • Why should we hire you?
  • What skills have you got that make you suited to the role?
  • What are your strengths/development areas?
  • What is your greatest achievement and why?
Competency Questions

Show us proof that you are the kind of graduate we are looking for. Give concrete examples from any aspect of your life that show where you have personally made a difference.

  • Tell me about a time when you were creative
  • Tell me about a time when you had to manage conflicting priorities
  • Tell me about when you have missed an important deadline
  • What has been your biggest failure, professional or personal - and what did you learn?
  • Describe an occasion when you have had difficulties working in a team
  • What is the biggest risk you have ever taken?
  • How would you deal with a difficult client that puts you under pressure?
  • If a client told you that they wanted to improve their portfolio performance in the next 12 months, what would you suggest as potential strategies
Tips from our Graduates
  • Understand how the bank operates, the different roles available and the characteristics and tasks that each role entails
  • Don’t regurgitate generic questions and answers; it is quite obvious to those who work in the industry when someone has spent time reading and understanding concepts and news
  • Be yourself! It is important that the interviewer can see your personality in order to stand out from the rest
  • Keep up to date with relevant news - understand the current drivers in the industry
  • Do the obvious – read the latest annual report and CEO’s letter. Gain an insight into the firms values and strategy
  • We look for people with strong analytical and interpersonal skills, plus a keen interest in markets and equities.
  • We want candidates with the energy and the maturity to step up to quite senior positions quickly – ensure you demonstrate your ability to do this
  • Use your Careers services – they have direct contact with the recruiters and can offer invaluable advice you cannot find online
  • Be proactive - speak to graduates at fairs and presentations to get the ‘inside information’

Asset and Liability Management (ALM): the practice of managing risks that arise due to mismatches between assets and liabilities of the financial institution.

Bond: an instrument of indebtedness of the bond issuer to the holders. It is a debt security, under which the issuer owes the holders a debt and, depending on the terms of the bond, is obliged to pay them interest (the coupon) and/or to repay the principal at a later date, termed the maturity date

CAGR: “Compound Annual Growth Rate” – the year-over-year percentage growth rate of an investment over a specified period of time

Capex: Acronym meaning Capital Expenditures, that are funds used by a company to acquire or upgrade physical assets such as property, industrial buildings or equipment. This type of outlay is made by companies to maintain or increase the scope of their operations

D&A: Acronym meaning Depreciation and Amortization, a category of expenditure by which a company gradually records the loss in value of a tangible (Depreciation) and Intangible (Amortization) asset

Deleveraging: Reduction of the leverage ratio, or the percentage of debt in the balance sheet of a single economic entity, such as a household or a firm.

Discount rate: The interest rate used in discounted cash flow analysis to determine the present value of future cash flows. The discount rate takes into account the time value of money (the idea that money available now is worth more than the same amount of money available in the future because it could be earning interest) and the risk or uncertainty of the anticipated future cash flows (which might be less than expected).

EBITDA: Acronym meaning Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization

EBIT: Acronym meaning Earnings Before Interest and Taxes

ETF: Exchange traded funds. An exchange traded fund is an investment fund traded on stock exchanges, just like stocks. An ETF holds assets such as stocks, commodities or bonds, and trades close to its net asset value over the course of the trading day.

EV: “Enterprise Value” – Equal to Equity Value plus Net Debt (or minus Net Cash)

FCF: “Free Cash Flow” – Measure of cash generation used in fundamental valuation of a business. Equal to EBIT x (1 - tax rate) + depreciation and amortisation - changes in working capital - capex

Forward interest rates: An interest rate that is specified now for a loan that will occur at a specified future date. As with current interest rates, forward interest rates include a term structure that shows the different forward rates offered to loans of different maturities.

Hedge: an investment made in order to reduce the risk of adverse price movements in a security, by taking an offsetting position in a related security, such as options or short sales.

LTM: Acronym meaning Last Twelve Months

IRR: Acronym meaning internal rate of return. The IRR corresponds to the rate of return on an investment. The IRR of a project is the discount rate that will give it a net present value of zero

Market Cap: Market capitalisation or market cap is a value of a corporation as determined by the market price of its common stock (shares). It is calculated by multiplying the number of outstanding shares by the current market price of the share

Market liquidity: an asset's ability to be sold without causing a significant movement in the price and with minimum loss of value.

Opex: Acronym meaning Operating Expenditures, a category of expenditure that a business incurs as a result of performing its normal business operations

Payout ratio: The amount of earnings paid out in dividends to shareholders

Shareholder loan: an instrument used to distribute cash to shareholders while minimising a company’s tax liability. Not typically included within net debt

Swap: highly liquid financial derivative instruments in which two parties agree to exchange interest rate cash flows, based on a specified notional amount from a fixed rate to a floating rate (or vice versa) or from one floating rate to another.

Swaption: An option granting its owner the right but not the obligation to enter into an underlying interest rate swap. A payer swaption gives the owner of the swaption the right to enter into a swap where they pay the fixed leg and receive the floating leg. A receiver swaption gives the owner of the swaption the right to enter into a swap in which they will receive the fixed leg, and pay the floating leg.

Ultimate forward rate (UFR): the theoretical forward interest rate to which forward rates converge.

Yield to maturity: Discount rate at which the sum of all future cash flows from the bond (coupons and principal) is equal to the price of the bond.

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