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Hello folks, I would like to share my story a little bit for those who felt beaten up by the recruiting season.

I was born and raised in a very underdeveloped city in China. I remembered the ranking, the GDP of my province is the second or third lowest in China. Although I went to relatively good elementary school and middle school, comparing to peers, my educational background is definitely below average.

Fortunately, before going into high school, I already knew no matter how hard I study, there is no way I could get into the top universities in China because of the education system (it is more based off your residency, for example the best two universities (Tsinghua and Peking U) only take no more than 10 students from our province a year).

Webinar: Hedge Fund Investment Pitch -- 12pm ET, 2/14/16


On Sunday February 14th, 12pm ET Wall Street Mentor John (@wilowallstreet) will be hosting a webinar entitled "Hedge Fund Investment Pitch - Business Models", with a q&a session to follow. John is a former MD at a Bulge Bracket bank and currently works for a hedge fund.

More info from the presenter:
"This session is going to follow on some of the ideas we discussed during the last session, more specifically we are going to continue to review the filters we discussed last time. As a reminder during the last session we reviewed what makes a good business and discussed how to understand an industry."


If you missed the webinar, it will be available on the homepage in exactly 1 month, for 24 hours March 14, 2016 before going into the WSO Video Library.

February 14, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Event type: 
WSO Webinar

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The Secret Weapon That Lets You Control the Job Interview

Many people enter an interview expecting to be grilled by tough questions: "How would you handle X," "What makes you different from all other candidates?", "How many windows do you estimate are in Manhattan?" And to their credit, many candidates can handle these questions with ease.

But what we so often forget is that an interview is a conversation - not an interrogation. And a conversation means that both parties ask and answer questions, not just one.

How do you want to be remembered after the interview? As the candidate who simply provided dry answers to the questions and left? Or the candidate who created a meaningful dialogue that made the interviewer want to work with you from 9-5 for years to come?

For the benefit of both the interviewer and the candidate, the candidate needs to take part in driving the conversation.

And what is the trick to taking control? Ask baited questions.

Join the WSO Resume Review Team

We are looking to add several Resume Reviewers to the WSO Resume Review team.


  • At least 1 year of professional experience in Investment Banking or other financial field, IB and/or PE background preferred
  • Previous experience screening resumes, experience with IB resumes preferred
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Willingness to go above and beyond to make the client happy
  • More info:

    Deloitte S&O Travel, Expense, Credit Card Policy

    Can anyone tell me what the travel and expense reimbursement policy looks like at Deloitte S&O?

    Specifically - can we use our own credit cards or are we forced to use the company card?
    Meals - are there specific guidelines as to how much can be spend per meal? a daily rate? 'don't be crazy'?
    Flights - is there a threshold of flight time to get first/business class?

    WSO needs your help! We're looking for users to do a site-test

    (Site testers will receive $$$ compensation via paypal and one month free access to our job board or video library)

    Hey all, we're looking for someone to help us test the site every other Wednesday, 1245-2pm et.
    Upcoming test dates:
    Feb 24
    March 9
    March 23

    Type of tester we're looking for:
    -All levels of familiarity to WSO but most importantly new users to WSO (0-3 months)
    -Interest in a finance-related career
    -Student (pay is $15) or finance professional (pay is $25)
    -Can 100% commit to join the test at the agreed upon time

    What you need to do:
    -Download software that allows you to share your screen with us via a virtual meeting (anymeeting)
    -Do a short test with me to confirm your software works (5 minutes)
    -Meet us FOR SURE at the test time, 12:45pm et, on the agreed upon Wednesday
    -You will need to be in a quiet place with a strong internet connection

    Why do you go into Investment Banking before going into PE?

    Hey guys,

    Mainly just a lurker around here but I have a question. As I've somewhat familiarized myself with IB, it seems a lot get in as an analyst and then hope for a PE opportunity (not all, I get that). My questions is: why not just try to start with a PE firm, or try to become an associate at the IB you're at?
    I'm in the Dallas area and have seem some PE firms hiring for people with "0-2 years" experience, so it seem they would be open to hiring a recent grad.

    WSO Campus Representative Program

    WSO is now accepting applications to be a Campus Rep at your university for the second semester of the 2015-16 school year. We currently have 52 reps signed up but would love to add 15-20 more.

    We are looking for motivated students with a solid work ethic and strong presentation/communication skills who are willing to commit for at least one semester, or ideally until May 2016. The time commitment we ask is 12-15 hours/month. Phone interviews are continuing into September so get your applications in soon!

    Our Campus Reps help us by spreading the word on campus, meeting with and giving presentations to student clubs and organizations, organizing meet ups, social media activity, university partnerships, and other on campus and online activities. Perks that reps can receive include free WSO guides, free access to our Video Library & Job Board, letters of recommendation from Andy, prize money for the top reps, and more.

    Click inside the post for more information and to formally apply >>>

    Webinar: Stock pitch idea (long/short) for a hedge fund interview -- 9pm ET, 2/16/16


    On Tuesday February 16th, 9pm ET Wall Street Mentor Ann will be hosting a webinar entitled "Stock pitch idea (long/short) for a hedge fund interview", with a q&a session to follow. Ann is an industry veteran with experience in hedge fund.


    If you missed the webinar, it will be available on the homepage in exactly 1 month, for 24 hours March 16, 2016 before going into the WSO Video Library.

    February 16, 2016 - 9:00pm to 10:00pm
    Event type: 
    WSO Webinar

    2015-2016 salary & bonus discussion

    Let's talk about the 2015 - 2016 year bonus. Please list the firm, level, salary, bonus using the following format:

    JPM, S&T, A0, 150k base, 175k bonus (75% cash, 25% stock)

    Feb 1st update: Here is a compilation of the salary & bonus #'s thus far (pulled from comments).

    Harvard vs Oxford (Undergrad) Would love to hear your advice!

    I was accepted by both the University of Oxford and Harvard University (Restrictive Early-Action) recently. And I would love to hear your advice on which institution to choose from.

    * Harvard costs $65,000 a year + four years = $260,000 (No Financial Aid)
    * Oxford costs $50,000 a year + three years = $150,000

    Winner = Oxford (Parents' income above financial aid status but below $300k)

    * Harvard requires you to take core course classes that I have no interest in + constant assessments. The benefit is I get a well-rounded education and can switch majors if I somehow switch career interests out of banking/politics. Far less intense and massive grade inflation.

    Interviewing behind your current firms back

    All right, heres the deal primates: I am a recent intern to hire (temporarily) working as a junior analyst with a middle market M&A shop. I was contacted by a larger and more reputable firm in the area about an analyst I position and I took the interview I was offered. The place I interviewed at knows I am currently employed but my firm does not know I am looking at outside positions (clarification: the agreement was that they would bring me on as a junior analyst for a 3-month period and then maybe decide to keep me as a full time analyst with a big-boy salary and all the full-time benefits).

    Question: A) Is it likely that the firm I interviewed with will contact my current employer?

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