WSO Caption Contest - September 2nd... Collect Silver Bananas and Win a Free WSO T-Shirt

WSO Caption Contests are back! You guys know the drill, all you have to do is leave a comment in this post with a caption you think is most fitting for the cartoon posted below. The winner will be determined by the community based on the number of Silver Bananas awarded to each comment. In the event of a tie, the admins of the site will decide the winner or send out multiple free shirts if we can't decide. Wall Street jokes welcomed and encouraged!


The Best Summer Internship Tips on WSO

Another compilation post by my content intern @Lucas_M, we hope you find these helpful!

IBD Internship Experience by @moneymogul
Here is a series of 4 posts by @moneymogul where he shared his IBD internship experience.

Week 1 of IBD Internship: Training
posted by @moneymogul

In summary, training day is all about introductions and first impressions. Your HR program managers will be in attendance, and you should take a few seconds out of the multiple intersessions to shake their hands.

Equally important is taking the time to meet the other interns around you. If you attend a non-target school, this is the opportunity to plug yourself into the clique of elite institutions and its future Wall Streeters.

The Best Resume and Cover Letter Posts on WSO

My whiz kid content intern @"Lucas_M" is at it again; he compiled a list of the top ranked Resume and CL posts on WSO. Enjoy! Are you in search of some resume and/or cover letter help? Check out WSO's 1-on-1 Resume Service.

1. UG Recruiting Part I: How a resume becomes an interview
posted by @Marcus_Halberstram

It helps but is not a guarantee if you have a high GPA (ie. 3.4 and above). Next, you SHOULD address the question of "is he/she interested in banking?". If you've never interned in finance and are a non-traditional major, you should be actively involved (preferably at a senior level) in finance clubs, participate in finance/modeling training seminars sponsored by your school, or have a section under interests with "Readings" or "Favorite Books" that have a finance tinge to them: more When Genius Failed or Fooled by Randomness or Barbarians at the Gate, Wall Street Journal, DealBook, FT; less Monkey Business or Liars Poker, etc. I wouldn't advise adding that section if the rest of your resume already sells your finance interest, otherwise its overkill and you seem uninteresting and boringly uni-dimensional. You want to be well rounded!

Formatting is EVERYTHING and there is absolutely NO excuse for typos or inconsistencies in formatting. Cover letters, if at all, should be minimalist, the main purpose of a cover letter is to address an obvious shortcoming that is apparent from your resume


- silver bananas: a lot

2. More classics from resumes/cover letters

The Best Success Stories on WSO

Patrick and I (among others) LOVE hearing your guys' success stories, so we said "hey why not make a post of the top ranked (most silver bananas) stories?!" Well... thanks to my whiz kid content intern @Lucas_M, here they are! Click here to post your own success story, we'd love to hear it! (Make sure to post in the "Success Story" Forum).

1. How I got into Banking
posted by @CompBanker

Try to get relevant work experience. As a Computer major, I had a number of internship in "computer" roles, but nothing in finance. I found a boutique bank that was willing to take me onboard part time during the semester. Not many people are willing to work during a semester for free. I set up my work hours around my classes and agreed to come in on the weekends as well. All in all my internship eats about 40ish hours a week.

I think this internship was really the thing that made it possible for me to secure interviews. By working the equivalent of a 9 - 5, while simultaneously taking a full course load, I was able to prove to banks that I could handle the hours. Not to mention I proved to myself that I was capable.

- silver bananas: a lot

2. Finally an offer! A story of persistence
posted by @brutalglide

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The Best IBD SA OCR, Interviews and FT Offer Conversion Posts on WSO

Thanks to my content intern @Lucas_M for another great compilation post. This one covers on campus recruiting, interviews, and converting SA internships into FT offers. Enjoy! -Andy

1. Acing the investment banking analyst interview
posted by @frgna

Wrapping up an interview
1. Before you ask us questions it's nice to say "I've done lots of research on your firm and talked to a lot of people so I know your firm pretty well, so I really want to hear more about your own personal experiences here."

2. Some good questions to ask your interviewers: 1) Tell me about a recent deal you've worked on that you liked. 2) What are the next steps from here? 3) How have you liked your experience here so far? Anything surprise you, good or bad? 4) Tell me about what you guys do for fun.

3. Some questions to avoid: 1) What are the hours like here? (get that info later from an insider that you know better) 2) Anything related to compensation 3) What are your plans after banking? (we can't answer that and we'll all say we're planning on staying in the near term...duh...)

4. Don't stand up until I stand up.


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