Sometimes I reminisce about my days in university when I was on the other side of the interview table. Even then I knew that some people absolutely sucked.
After taking Chinese for foreigners in first year university and dating a Chinese girl for three weeks, I decided that I was ready
Attending Information Sessions for Recruiting
Key Takeaway: It is better to make a mild positive impression on a few people than to be disliked by one person - one no is all it takes to lose you an interview - this is especially true if you have good grades
All organizations looking
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Getting Started with Networking
Every recruiting season there are a lot of candidates with high raw intelligence, excellent grades and good market knowledge who lack the polish to network effectively and pass an investment banking interview.
All good entry-level finance careers require soft skills – from investment banking
I have been coaching a few smart but docile nerds who have been eager to apply for finance roles but get cold feet at the jobs.bigbank.taleo.net page because they feel that they are not as competent as the other candidates.
On one hand, some of them have no business being investment
As with most other financial services professions, breaking into capital markets roles has a lot to do with networking.
Accordingly, many bankers and other people who do not know any better but feel compelled to give their opinion like to say, “get yourself out there and meet as many people as
As none of you may know, in a past life I was/am a scratch golfer who was on the varsity team at school (possibly the only reason why I passed my investment banking interview).
Although strong corporate finance knowledge and quality work can carry someone all the way to a Managing
Although investment bankers like sports, the trading floor has non-stop sports chatter until the opening bell and salespeople will continuously talk about how teams are doing with their clients.
In Canada, hockey is the primary go-to topic in all finance centres (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg), but interest may wane if
Roll back a few years, and I’m at an information session fielding questions, some thoughtful and some less so.
One guy keeps raising his hand and has asked just about every question that is taboo or could get you banned from Wall Street Oasis for not using the search function.
This is the one question that all interviewees can expect to get in an investment banking interview (and possibly a coffee chat), so there is no excuse to not be prepared for this question coming up – it’s about the same as forgetting to put on a suit.
My sentiment is
I have seen a lot of resumes and cover letters as of late. Some very impressive ones and some that are extremely cringeworthy. If you stand out in a bad way, your resume and cover letter are almost certainly due for a forward to several other bankers – possibly at