2/15/11

So i had several interviews and all of them went well except for the one with an HR lady.

Are HR people real people with real opinions or does it not matter that I messed up that interview? Let's assume that my other interviews went extremely well for argument's sake.

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2/15/11

In my experience, HR opinion is worth less than shit. For my current position, I had my first interview with the partner I now work for. Went amazing. Second interview was with HR. I didn't even bother with it and it went like shit. Third interview was with the senior manager i report to. Also amazing.

I got the job.

-MBP

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2/15/11

From my experience HR screens you and makes initial decisions (first rounds) then comes the partners and such.

2/15/11

HR doesn't matter

2/15/11

dont really have that much saying maybe for the first one but then no.

"too good to be true"

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2/15/11

Think of HR like the nursing staff at the hospital. They may not carry the weight of a doctor/ surgeon (MD/Partner), but if you get on their bad side chances are a defibrillator might accidentally get stuck up your ass. If you're a young guy looking to break into any industry, show the drones some love or at least don't let it show that you disdain them. Never forget that HR people talk too and in some instances their opinions can hold a lot of sway.

2/15/11

HR is important too. Just give them the respect they want and you will pass. They can be very usefull a lot of times.

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2/15/11

Remember the chick that sat next to you in her Ugg Boots texting in B Stats that was a 'Marketing' or PR major? That's HR

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2/15/11
HPM:

Remember the chick that sat next to you in her Ugg Boots texting in B Stats that was a 'Marketing' or PR major? That's HR

I believe it's spelled "Marketting" with two t's. At least that's how I recall one lady in HR/PR used to spell it when she sent out press material to investors.

In 1976, James Hunt broke the sound barrier through Eau Rouge only to retire before the event finished... following the race he had sex with three Belgian nurses at the clubhouse near La Source.

2/15/11
HPM:

Remember the chick that sat next to you in her Ugg Boots texting in B Stats that was a 'Marketing' or PR major? That's HR

Are you a comedian at night?

2/15/11

^ +1. HR generally are motherfuckers. except a handful.

i've had a great first impression of HR at GS and KPMG. I suppose with those two that were good (1) can take the cream-of-anything so they actually have to work and have actually gotten 4.0s in management (which is a chore in itself) and (2) had motives to kidnap kids before they found out about better work.

HR at CS in an Asian bank was epic fail. i wanted to slap the directors face. she was cocky as fuck and didn't really give a shit about why she was there. this is in stark contrast to an HR rep at GS that was amazing. that's fucking service. depressed fucking grads care about first impressions when they can't get a job.

2/15/11

HR are great until you are 5 seconds late to something and then they write your name down lol

Honestly, just be polite, be enthusiastic. Never look down on anyone just because of their job role, especially as an applicant. At least they have a job.

2/15/11

Hahahahhaha HR at GS was the most useless along Merrill LYnch....

The most competent HR I met was at JPM.

2/15/11

Just smile and be nice. HR is like all back offices. They play a part and you probably should be cordial. They don't decide much past the initial contact.

2/15/11

Seriously, make friends with HR, make friends with administration, copy room, tech, etc. even after you got the job. Many of them are pretty interesting people and there's no reason to be rude. Makes it easier for you and them. After the end of my summer internship I emailed an admin who was in charge of supplies (books, pens etc.) during the internship and it made her day.

2/15/11
machinegunfunk:

Seriously, make friends with HR, make friends with administration, copy room, tech, etc. even after you got the job. Many of them are pretty interesting people and there's no reason to be rude. Makes it easier for you and them. After the end of my summer internship I emailed an admin who was in charge of supplies (books, pens etc.) during the internship and it made her day.

Absolutely, but especially with copy room and tech. If they think you're a nice guy who doesn't think himself superior to them they will prioritize your jobs and not give you the runaround. Tech guys have told me that they deliberately put off helping guys they've had bad experiences with.

4/24/13

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2/15/11

Well I had 5 interviews with analysts, associates, VPs, and MDs. and my 6th interview was with an HR person and it didnt sound like it went to well and whenever I talked to my 4th and 5th round interviewer they said 'everyone was really impressed with you and liked you' or something along those lines.

so from the sound of it, i think im straight. provided the HR woman doesnt hate too bad

thanks fellas

2/15/11

HR women are hot...

But seriously, they dont get much say, they just aggregate the feedback from various people in your group (groups if you rotated through desks) for a summer analyst stint at least. Be nice to them though, because ultimately they are involved in making the offer, certainly doesnt hurt to suck up to them.

2/15/11

HR women are hot...

But seriously, they dont get much say, they just aggregate the feedback from various people in your group (groups if you rotated through desks) for a summer analyst stint at least. Be nice to them though, because ultimately they are involved in making the offer, certainly doesnt hurt to suck up to them.

2/15/11

I think people in this thread are seriously underestimating the amount of power HR has. I know kids who performed well during SA but pissed off HR (skipping mandatory meetings, not doing lame little intern things like interviewing MDs) and didn't get offers.

In terms of the interview process, I've seen HR offer interviews to students who I didn't think were qualified simply because they had some connection (e.g. they both played field hockey), but getting an offer through an interview will come down to the bankers.

Still, there is no reason to not have HR on your side. It may annoy you that they aren't as "legit" as you (even though they often came from banking) but they can make your life a living hell.

2/15/11

More importantly, how can an HR interview go badly? Seriously, unless one is completely and utterly socially inept an HR interview should be a lay up.

2/15/11
Rain_Maker:

More importantly, how can an HR interview go badly? Seriously, unless one is completely and utterly socially inept an HR interview should be a lay up.

Scenario 1:

Interviewer: "Hi, I'm Megan and I run the analyst development program in human resources"
Cocky college student rolls eyes or smirks
Interviewer dings candidate

Scenario 2:

Interviewer looks over resume. Sees candidate is in SAE. Interviewer dated a jerk in SAE when she was at Davidson. Interviewer dings candidate.

Scenario 3:

Pretty, well dressed girl is interviewing. Interviewer dings candidate.

Scenario 4:

Interviewer sees 3.6 on resume. Interviewer has arbitrarily decided that 3.7 should be the cutoff. Interviewer dings candidate.

There are a thousand ways to get dinged in an interview. They don't all have to do with banking.

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