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.

- 126 silver bananas

The Best Networking, Cold Calling and Cold Emailing Posts on WSO

My content intern @Lucas_M is at it again! This time the top ranked (by silver bananas) posts related to networking, cold calling, and cold emailing. Enjoy! p.s. Need more networking advice? Check out our Networking Guide.

1. Cold-Emailing Guide.

posted by @Culcet

1) Background info- Contact people with a similar background. Don't limit yourself to alumni- think deeper. Think about what defines you on a superificial level. If you go to UCLA and want to work on Wall street, email Cal alums in New York. Williams College? Why not email alums that went to Swarthmore, or any other liberal arts college alum that might have had to teach himself the technicals? And if you're a non-target... email other non-targets. Simple. Emailing someone with a similar background reminds them of themselves. They are therefore that much more happy to help you. Remember though, you are entitled to nothing, and even if the guy is a complete d-bag, thank them in a dignified manner anyways.

2) Content- Keep the email short and sweet. I usually send emails explaining who I am and what my intentions are, a sentence explaining my "story, and then a graceful thank you. For what it's worth, the whole 'copy and paste' thing has never been a big problem for me at the bulge brackets. For boutiques, target carefully based on the advice above and try not to email too many people. Again, if you target the right demographic, this shouldn't be a problem.

- silver bananas: a lot

2. Keep In Touch! Networking Template
posted by @valuationGURU

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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