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  • D M's picture

    You sir, are a baller. Congrats on the offer, I'm sure you'll kick some ass.

    Folks, keep in mind when reading this, that it worked for him, but nothing is the same across the board. While being a top student may not be absolutely necessary, don't let your grades slack, it's important to learn the material (and if you know the material, you'll get the grades).

    Best of luck Tupsi!

    "You stop being an asshole when it sucks to be you." -IlliniProgrammer
    "Your grammar made me wish I'd been aborted." -happypantsmcgee

  • tupsi22's picture

    Yes, thank you, absolutely do not let the grades slip! What I meant was that top grades do not guarantee anything, but they certainly DO help. Do not good grades lull you into a false sense of complacency (eg, I graduated first in my class so I will def get an offer) might be a more accurate way for me to put it.

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  • smabs's picture

    Can you elaborate on how "dumb luck" played into your situation. Congrats!

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    happypantsmcgee's picture

    smabs:
    Can you elaborate on how "dumb luck" played into your situation. Congrats!

    haha, how would one even go about answering this?

    "I got into an elevator with a guy who just saw 'Pursuit of Happiness' so he took a chance"?

    If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

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    CompBanker's picture

    happypantsmcgee:
    smabs:
    Can you elaborate on how "dumb luck" played into your situation. Congrats!

    haha, how would one even go about answering this?

    "I got into an elevator with a guy who just saw 'Pursuit of Happiness' so he took a chance"?

    Who knows, maybe he ran into a burning building to save a cat and it turns out the cat belonged to the daughter of the head of S&T at his future shop. It's not too far fetched that a definable "circumstance" played a significant role in his landing the position.

    CompBanker

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    happypantsmcgee's picture

    CompBanker:
    happypantsmcgee:
    smabs:
    Can you elaborate on how "dumb luck" played into your situation. Congrats!

    haha, how would one even go about answering this?

    "I got into an elevator with a guy who just saw 'Pursuit of Happiness' so he took a chance"?

    Who knows, maybe he ran into a burning building to save a cat and it turns out the cat belonged to the daughter of the head of S&T at his future shop. It's not too far fetched that a definable "circumstance" played a significant role in his landing the position.

    Right, but I think the take away from this is that you have to keep pushing and making yourself available/putting yourself in situations where meeting someone who is able and/or willing to help you is likely.

    If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

  • tupsi22's picture

    Elaborating on dumb luck:

    I randomly emailed an MD that I knew thru an small org we were in together. We had met before at an event, but I didn't know him that well. Turns out, he has an analyst leaving in a few weeks that he had not found a replacement for yet. So it was a combo of being 1) VERY proactive and CONSTANTLY searching for people to reach out to 2) really really really lucky timing and 3) someone else leaving.

    Honestly, it could have just as easily gone the other way if they other guy wasn't leaving. The MD prob would have said the usual "thanks but no thanks". But like someone else said, you have to consistently put yourself in situations where these things can happen. I can't even tell you how many times I did this same thing (cold email) and was rejected before.

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  • D M's picture

    "You stop being an asshole when it sucks to be you." -IlliniProgrammer
    "Your grammar made me wish I'd been aborted." -happypantsmcgee