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BlackRock Virtual Cover Letter

Part of the standard application process

What is the BlackRock Virtual Cover Letter?

BlackRock has recently started requiring candidates to submit a video cover letter as part of their application for internships and full-time positions at the company.  This article will guide you through what the BlackRock virtual cover letter is, and how to prepare for it.

 

BlackRock virtual cover letter

 

What questions are asked?

According to sources at CFI there are typically only two behavioral interview questions asked for the submission.

While there will be variation in these questions over time, the two recently consisted of:

  • Why are you a good fit to work at BlackRock?
  • Why did you choose your field of study in university?

Thes two questions are intentionally very open-ended and designed to give the hiring managers a glimpse of your personality, soft skills, and intellect.

 

How much time do you have?

According to CFI’s sources, candidates have approximately 30 seconds to practice after logging in and seeing the questions.  After that, candidates have 90 seconds to record their answer to the questions.

Given the limited amount of time, it’s very important to plan ahead.

See the points below for specific ideas.

 

What do keep in mind in a BlackRock virtual cover letter

A virtual cover letter is simply a video recording of your answers to some questions.  It’s used to quickly get a first impression of a candidate and assess their fit.

The main things to keep in mind are:

  • Organize your thoughts in advance
  • Write down the key points you want to get across
  • Practice speaking without using “umm” or “ahh” or “like”
  • Dress for the part – you’re on video, so be sure to dress appropiratly
  • Be authentic and natural
  • Grab the viewers attention by being engaging
  • Don’t talk too fast or too slow
  • Be able to clearly articulate why you want to work at BlackRock

Learn more about BlackRock careers on their website –> https://careers.blackrock.com/

 

Additional resources

Thanks for reading this guide to the BlackRock virtual cover letter.  CFI’s mission is to help you advance your career and these additional resources will help you on your way:

  • Investment banking interview questions
  • Equity research interview questions
  • HireVue Interview guide
  • Financial modeling guide

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