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What has your interview been like? Does your interviewer give you clues that you are in or you are out?

1. Is it bad when they only asked you a few questions but talking a lot about their own career?

2. The interview also made suggestions such as I should look into more fields and more opportunities than just "IB" (I think this is a bad sign).

Are there times where you think you did great but ended up not getting an offer? and Are there times where you think you are totally "dinged" but ending up getting an offer?

Anyway, share your experience here..

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Comments (27)

  • bmwhype's picture

    well, an interviewer said "i'm gonna ask u some technical questions, but you already know them since u passed level 1 of the CFA" (good)

    what is a 3.77? is that top 10%? (bad sign)

  • FinanceFury's picture

    my gpa is a 3.9 and a bs director during an interview told me that is not good enough for banking...i told him it is good enough for UBS, peace. haaha i just walked out.

  • In reply to FinanceFury
    • b
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    • (Chimp, 0 )
    •  on 1/31/08 at 2:24pm
    b's picture

    FinanceFury wrote:
    my gpa is a 3.9 and a bs director during an interview told me that is not good enough for banking...i told him it is good enough for UBS, peace. haaha i just walked out.

    Yea... this story isn't true.

  • LondonE11's picture

    attractive interviewer leans forward, looks at you suggestively, and asks how bad you want this job = good sign

  • if much given much expected's picture

    I had a really good interview with an MD and on the way out he told me to say exactly the same thing to all of my other interviewers. I took that as a good sign. He also called to congratulate me after I accepted my offer.

  • fandango's picture

    1) An MD asked me about sports/teams I follow. Ends up that he's a die-hard fan of the same team as me, and the rest of the interview was spent discussing sports. (good)

    2) An MD asked me what I did the night before the interview. Ends up that I'd been at his favorite restaurant in town. We spent the interview discussing food. (good)

    Fandango

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    "It is a fine thing to be out on the hills alone. A man can hardly be a beast or a fool alone on a great mountain." - Francis Kilvert (1840-1879)

    "Ce serait bien plus beau si je pouvais le dire à quelqu'un." - Samivel

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    "It is a fine thing to be out on the hills alone. A man can hardly be a beast or a fool alone on a great mountain." - Francis Kilvert (1840-1879)

    "Ce serait bien plus beau si je pouvais le dire à quelqu'un." - Samivel

  • kpatel's picture

    A UBS MD (Financial Sponsors) asked me a question: "How would you explain the recent credit crunch to a layman?" and then looked at his Blackberry even before I began answering the question, and continued to flick through emails while I talked.

    • b
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    • (Chimp, 0 )
    •  on 1/31/08 at 4:41pm
    b's picture

    Meh, a lot of firms do the "bored/apathetic" trick to candidates. I had a JPM interviewer who would ask me a question, and, as I was answering, lean back in his chair and bang his head against the wall.

    Here's another example:

    http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2003/0...

    "Doshi, who didn't get a job offer from the consulting firm, recalled another particularly stressful interview, this time at investment bank JPMorgan. 'The manager would ask me a question about my resume, and then when I started to answer, he'd cut me off and say that he was bored, or else he'd start checking his e-mail or reading the paper.'

    Despite the interviewer's antics, Doshi said he kept his cool and got the job offer, although he eventually turned it down."

  • gomes3pc's picture

    Bad signs? If the interview doesn't last the first 30 minutes.

    Don't judge an interview by your own impressions though. An associate at Bear grilled me about valuation techniques and I got so confused at one point I thought he was basically holding my hand through the steps of the interview. The next week, right after I got my offer, the guy called me up and said I did fantastic in the interview and really kept my cool.

    As far as good ones go, in one of my interviews I spent about 75% of it talking about places I had traveled to and water polo with my interviewer, explaining how the game is played. Also had an MD at a MM interview where it was the last of 4 straight interviews for final rounds and he basically came out and told me the whole office wants me there. I was totally shocked but it was a pretty cool feeling.

  • pedigreed monkey's picture

    what are you supposed to do if the interviewer acts like hes bored?

  • gomes3pc's picture

    Don't get discouraged. They'll pull out plenty of stunts to try to throw you off. Continue to engage them and make eye contact. Make them earn your attention.

  • KnobCreek's picture

    I think the above are perfect examples of why well rounded kids with mediocre GPAs and lots of extra-curriculars do a lot better than the Quant kids with 3.9s. In almost every interview I've had at both BBs and MMs, I've talked at length about golf, my fraternity, skiing, etc., and have done very well in terms of getting second rounds/offers. I guess it does depend a lot on who is interviewing you though; if you have some ex-fratstar reminiscing about their glory days, the advantage goes to the more social person. I have had one or two assholes though who continuously grilled me on technicals. It's also possible that in my case going to a semi-target means that it's more about networking with alums than how good you look on paper.

  • ideating's picture

    All these ones about MDs bullshitting for 25 min. in a 30 min. interview about their favorite sports team/restaurant(????) are total crap.

  • bullmetaljacket's picture

    I went to an interview prep seminar, and the speaker suggested that if the interviewer does something like check emails on his Blackberry while you are speaking, a good response is to say something like, "I'm sorry, would you like me to step out of the room for a few minutes," or to just be silent until they put their attention back on you. What do you guys think of that?

  • Eat_My_SOXs's picture

    Study up on non-verbal behavior, its invaluable.
    it'll give you feedback on what the interviewer is thinking but not saying.
    So if you sense him becoming more distant or bored, you can change the pace/topic of the subject.

    and another thing i've noticed is that, its not necessarily how well you do in the interview that matters, but how well everyone else did.

    as for a story, i nearly fell asleep in one of my first interviews, but i ended up getting a second round and an offer.

  • m8875's picture

    If the interview stops about 10 minutes before 30 minutes, is it really bad? I did ask at the end because I felt it was short, "Is there anything at this points that would prevent you from giving me the offer right on the spot?" The recruiter said "You should feel good about todaY". I felt like I should ask more questions but it felt like the recruiters were pushing me for the interview to be over by saying things like "ok?" at the end of the 2 questions I asked so I didn't want to bombard them with questions like I should have done I guess. I was prepared with questions though...now I feel bad! What do you guys think?

  • xabaglione's picture

    Normally when the interview has had a long day, they tried to end the interview really early. Mines ended pretty early too. Im not sure how I did, don't think I did that well.

    The question you asked at the end was pretty brilliant, and the reply sound positive. I hate when they tried to hurried you and trying to end the interview. Its quite disrespectful.. but what can we do since they have the decision making power.

    GL thou

    Ling~

    Ling~

    • b
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    • (Chimp, 0 )
    •  on 1/31/08 at 9:58pm
    b's picture

    I've been told that those over-aggressive reinforcing question/non-questions are dangerous, and can easily backfire. Unless you're absolutely sure that you nailed the interview, I'd stick to real questions to be safe.

  • In reply to ideating
    fandango's picture

    "All these ones about MDs bullshitting for 25 min. in a 30 min. interview about their favorite sports team/restaurant(????) are total crap."

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    Sorry, but those two examples are 100% true. What makes you say that it's not true? In my experience, Associates and lower level VPs are much more likely to be "tough" interviewers than MDs. They're not interviewing you for their team specifically, and they'll probably not have to speak to you much anyway. So why not spend 30 minutes talking about something they enjoy?

    Fandango

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    "It is a fine thing to be out on the hills alone. A man can hardly be a beast or a fool alone on a great mountain." - Francis Kilvert (1840-1879)

    "Ce serait bien plus beau si je pouvais le dire à quelqu'un." - Samivel

    --------------------

    "It is a fine thing to be out on the hills alone. A man can hardly be a beast or a fool alone on a great mountain." - Francis Kilvert (1840-1879)

    "Ce serait bien plus beau si je pouvais le dire à quelqu'un." - Samivel

  • xabaglione's picture

    It does seem that people who are more senior tend to be more laid back while the analyst and associates grill you. I guess they want to prove they are better while the seniors such as MD already has the title to support it.

    Ling~

    Ling~

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  • xabaglione's picture

    Ling~

  • In reply to gomes3pc
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