mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from January 2011. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.
You get calls from headhunters all the time, often kissing your ass. But what do they really think of investment bankers? If you believe London headhunter Fred Bayer, not much at all. Bayer breaks investment banking candidates into four categories, and only one of the categories is the least bit complimentary. It's a funny article (at least I thought so) for which Bayer took an immediate skewering in the comments.
His four categories of investment banking candidates are The Best and Rare Ones (of which he says there are only two in all of London - and he's already placed them), The Ones Whose "Jobs We Could Do", The Nice but Rubbish Ones, and The Nauseatingly Arrogant Ones. It makes you wonder if all, or most, or even some headhunters secretly hold his dim view of bankers while pimping them as the greatest thing since sliced bread to the various firms on the Street.
Even though he got crushed in the Comments, at least one person (probably another headhunter) agreed with him, and pointed out a flaw we've seen over and over here at WSO, so if there's one thing you take away from this post, let it be this. Don't be this guy:
he forgot to mention the ones who forge their cv's and memorize the main questions , but when you get them in a unexpected question, they just ga-ga-ga, ..heeee-,, oh , very annoying
Thought you guys might get a kick out the article. Just goes to show you, you never know what someone is thinking even when they're telling you how great you are.
Have a great weekend, guys.