So in an earlier post I shared portions of what I'm calling my quarter-million-dollar notebook -- the eleven pages containing every note I ever took in b-school that I thought was worth carrying forward into my career. (Why is it a quarter million dollars? That's what I spent on b-school.*)
Here's what it says about jobs.
- The more the recruiters repeat something about their firm, the less likely it is to be true. (Ex. “You will have completely free access to senior bankers. They will be involved in every step of your development. Our seniors have a very firm commitment to your career. We spend 10% of our man-hours on feedback and development. The whole company has an open-door policy.” Etc.)
- From your point of view, it is more important that you interview them than vice-versa. You are handing them the keys to your life for the next X years. They're just managing future headcount.
- Negotiate your job offer. If the employer pushes back or gets pissed that you're asking for more, ask them, "If you want to hire someone who won’t pursue better outcomes for themselves, how can you expect them to pursue better outcomes for the firm?"
- On the other hand, never talk about why a job is the right one for you. Tell them why you are the right person for the job.
- Your answer to the “greatest weakness” question should not be a character flaw.
- The interviewer is your teammate. It’s not a matter of getting over a bar of “good enough”; you need that person to go to bat for you.
- You are not stressed out. You are happy to meet your future co-workers and spend some time with them, and interested in the answers to the questions that they ask.
For what it's worth, I had five offers for aand four offers for full-time. Most of these were pretty high-quality offers and I was pleased with my palette of options.
*Happy to continue to endlessly hash out what makes b-school actually cost $200-250k (instead of the $100-120k they like to claim) with the monkeys that haven't read it in the comments on my earlier posts. But that's not the point of this post.