Actually, most of those still apply just in a slightly different format:
Researching the company
What is the reputation of this firm? Would they want an exclusive contract or could you use other recruiters? How much work do they provide in terms of interview preparation? There is still work to do here as different firms work in different ways and I'd say if you don't do your homework here then you may get burned. Are you to search through their job board to find positions that work for you or will they tell you what works well? While I work in IT I have seen recruiters of each type here.
For others, consider what are the kinds of roles you want to have as there are more than a few different areas in financial services:
Demonstrating your fit for the position you applying for
Why would you be a fit for job X? Consider the differences between being an insurance salesman and financial analyst for how these could have different elements of your background that are useful here. What kinds of things do you have that make you stand out?
Discussing relevant skillsets
This is the question of what are you bringing for that job you want. While you have a Masters in Finance, what else do you have?
Targeting questions to show your interest for THIS JOB
What kind of dream role do you want? What are some other kinds of jobs you could want to be applied?
For some interviews I've had a company may have multiple openings and thus some of these issues can happen in that case as well.
My general advice here:
- Know your background.
- Know what you want.
- Communicate what is expected of each side moving forward,i.e. what are you doing, what are they doing and when would communications be sent.