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Moderator Note (Andy): Best of WSO - this post originally went up 3/31/2009 and we thought it deserved to go back on the homepage for those who may have never seen it.

How about a thread where we post some of the worst mistakes we've made in interviews, or perhaps an interview that just went REALLY badly for you.

For a Goldman internship back in college, the interviewers asked me to tell them about myself. This was one of my first interviews so I was very inexperienced, and I was pretty nervous. I didn't know where to begin, so I panicked and ended up giving them my life story, from where I was born all the way to college. The rest of the interview was very harsh and they really grilled me on every single thing on my resume. It was more like an interrogation than an interview. It was a typical stress interview, and I ended up finishing it with a headache, and clothes drenched with sweat. I didn't get called back.

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Comments (160)

  • In reply to senior88
    The Phantom's picture

    juniorr wrote:
    Did it last year, didn't like it much. Could go back (have a person in there) so we'll see what happens next year. Don't think I'm missing much looking at their bonus cuts and also the UBS-LA location..

    Sounds like you are trying to justify the wrong choice. Either way SA at UBS IBD, especially in LA would open a lot of doors (think Lazard, Greenhill, MS, all elite/BB). When your future employer looks at your resume, what's more impressive and more competitive? UBS LA IBD or GS Ops?
    "looking at their bonus cuts," so you are in for $$$?

  • In reply to The Phantom
    jimbrowngoU's picture

    PussInBoots wrote:
    juniorr wrote:
    Did it last year, didn't like it much. Could go back (have a person in there) so we'll see what happens next year. Don't think I'm missing much looking at their bonus cuts and also the UBS-LA location..

    Sounds like you are trying to justify the wrong choice. Either way SA at UBS IBD, especially in LA would open a lot of doors (think Lazard, Greenhill, MS, all elite/BB). When your future employer looks at your resume, what's more impressive and more competitive? UBS LA IBD or GS Ops?
    "looking at their bonus cuts," so you are in for $$$?

    Everyone is in it for the money. Even if it's not the main purpose, it certainly is a factor that influences one's decision. If everyone made the exact same amount of money, whether you were in IB, accounting, education, etc., how many people do you think would give themselves to the 100 hour work weeks and absolute torture that is the IB analyst stint? Not too many.

    That being said, he definitely should have taken the IB job at UBS.

  • Ntown's picture

    My first (+last) interview for Summer Internships in London was with a fixed income manager. I'd given up hope of getting an internship anywhere so when I got the call I was quite surprised and had only 1 day's notice.

    So we talked about Quantitative Easing, whether I think it will work, corporate debt, equity vs debt, yields and rates, some of the stuff on my CV and everything is going pretty good.

    Then I bomb on "Why BlackRock as opposed to Fidelity, Schroders etc.?" - My answer is terrible it's like "because Blackrock is global and a big company. I want to be a part of something big. + I have a close friend who has interned here and he recommended it".

    I also said "they didn't hedge" instead of "diversify" by accident in reply to a question about a failing investor and he corrected me before I could correct myself :(

    Feedback - They said he was impressed with my market knowledge but I didn't sell myself well enough on my ECs and didn't show enough determination to work for blackrock and interning in PM.

    I think I was a bit of an idiot for not preparing for the obvious questions properly. I did my research into Blackrock and news about them but I didn't interject and show off my knowledge which is something I think you have to do with certain interviewers.

    I was very impressed with them though, they were very professional and I'd love to intern there.

  • In reply to models_and_bottles
    drexelalum11's picture

    models_and_bottles wrote:
    I interviewed for a Bank of America IBD SA position (stupid me, I know) two years ago...

    Two interviewers show up 30+ minutes late (I'm in the first interview slot), so I'm already pissed / don't care since I have a Lazard interview in ~20 minutes.

    The interviewer asks me about my perception of BofA's IBD reputation and I tried to sound sympathetic by saying something like "I think it's impressive how BofA's gone from nothing to one of the better investment banks".

    Said interviewer was quite pissed off by this remark and begin listing BofA's "impressive" league table rankings of various irrelvant subsectors and deal sizes. He then said some bullshit like "We're even beating JPM in M&A" to which I openly, and quite loudly, laughed by reflex. Of course I didn't mean to laugh out loud, but what can you do?

    The interview ended without the usual shaking of hands or me receiving their business cards. Some HR rep called later that night to deliver the bad news.

    Great story

  • chron3k's picture

    I had a fulltime Putnam first round last year during OCR. They had a schmoozer the night before but I did not attend. Truthfully, it was late in the OCR season and I had already gotten an attractive offer and I was frankly tired of schmoozing at pre-interview nights.

    First question I get when I sit down was... "so, I didn't see you last night..."

    Caught off guard, I tried to come up with some bullshit excuse about project work or a test I was studying for, when in reality I was playing computer games. Before I even finish he cuts me off and says, "There's no need for excuses."

    Needless to say the rest of the interview went South and I didn't advance to the next round.

  • chron3k's picture

    Same OCR season as above. A little earlier in OCR, I had no offers. So I wouldn't have minded this job... or any job for that matter. I think it was actually my 2nd interview.

    I wasn't prepared for my shit and for some dumbass reason I was running late. I literally ran the 3-4 blocks from my dorm to the interview suites and it was warm out.

    So before the interview started I looked like the guy in picture of the OP. Disgusting.

    He starts off pretty technical and, like I said, I didn't know my shit. I was failing miserably, sweating like a monkey (like, to the point of needing to wipe my brow), and it was fairly clear after the first 3 minutes this interview wasn't going anywhere.

    Mercifully, it only lasted like 12 minutes and I don't think I even asked any questions.

  • In reply to chron3k
    T4KUZA's picture

    chron3k wrote:
    I was frankly tired of schmoozing at pre-interview nights.

    Yeah, to hell with the schmoozing. It's pretty sickening to see the amount of ass kissing that goes on at these events. At one Goldman pre-interview (for Ops, IT and Compliance, mind you), the GS employees seemed so smug while being surrounded by small crowds of brown-nosing college kids. I remember for the ops lady, some nerdy guy walked right through the crowd to shake her hand, and proceeded to interrupt her story and tell ALL of us about his own background. I couldn't believe he was showing off about how he was double majoring in physics and quantitative finance, and was hoping to start on his PHD. For Operations! At the every least, I got to eat some nice food for free.

  • senior88's picture

    You're lucky for getting a good free meal.

    PNC IBD gave us the crappiest salmon and meat. It was blasted in lemon to hide the blandness. Mind you this was at their headquarters and they could obviously afford better stuff. Also everyone tried hard to avoid the immoral act of using gov't money to buy out National City (happened a few days ago), so finance/market questions specific to PNC was mostly avoided. Thus we mostly stared at each other and smiled uncomfortably (subsequently forcing us to eat the crappy food since eating gave an excuse for not talking).

  • T4KUZA's picture

    In the past, many of these firms have taken people out for some good food, at nice restaurants. Now, you're probably lucky if they take you out to McDonalds for a quick lunch.

  • slik vik's picture

    I interviewed with a boutique investment bank a few weeks ago for an intern position. Since I already am working at a Private Equity firm, I went just for some interview practice/network.
    The guy who was interviewing me sounded EXACTLY like Xerxes from the movie 300. After a few minutes, I couldn't help him picture as the bald Xerxes with piercings and I start laughing hysterically. I swear the look on his face was fucking priceless. He asked me if anything is wrong or if I am okay; I apologize and the interview is finished without even handshakes/"we'll call you within 2weeks"/business card.
    Btw, he was middle eastern so it added more credibility to the Xerxes thing.

  • In reply to slik vik
    ShreddiesBrah's picture

    slik vik wrote:
    I interviewed with a boutique investment bank a few weeks ago for an intern position. Since I already am working at a Private Equity firm, I went just for some interview practice/network.
    The guy who was interviewing me sounded EXACTLY like Xerxes from the movie 300. After a few minutes, I couldn't help him picture as the bald Xerxes with piercings and I start laughing hysterically. I swear the look on his face was fucking priceless. He asked me if anything is wrong or if I am okay; I apologize and the interview is finished without even handshakes/"we'll call you within 2weeks"/business card.
    Btw, he was middle eastern so it added more credibility to the Xerxes thing.

    LOL. Brilliant

  • PnL's picture

    ^^pretty sad considering maybe

  • balooshi's picture

    I was at an interview in IBD intern position. I had just come back 4 days earlier from a trip to southeast asia, and had mega ass blow! Basically if i farted, it wasnt all just air!

    Anyway was in the interview and i had one coming, i was nervous and couldnt keep it in, let it out (it was silent), and it wasnt just fart, it was a shart!! anyway, i had worn especially tight underwear, 2 pairs infact, and luckily it held it in so it didnt run down my leg. but there wes a putrid smell.

    Noone said anything, they mustve just thought I let rip a normal fart, that really hung around! luckily they ended the interview like 5 minutes later cos they couldnt handle the smell i suspect.

    They probably thought I shat myself because i was so nervous, but truth was it was because I had the Squirts!!!

    Big 4 Accounting Guide to Getting Hired Contains interview questions, exactly how to answer, resume guide, how to make an impact and a guide to the firms and service lines.

  • bjay's picture

    Hi, my WORST interview was my very first with a BB investment bank, and was in 2006. It was a once-off final round interview that went on for 2 hours.

    I interviewed with the head of debt capital markets and managing director of RBC CM, and it being my very first interview, was overly nervous.

    At this time the GFC was just starting to unravel, and in the interview I was asked what the impact the GFC would have on their firm. Being completely inexperienced, I said "NONE" followed by a b.s. answer (which did not even make sense to this day). Needless to say, I did not get the job and can see clearly why!!!

    I believe they made a very very good decision not to hire me, in fact, it was a pretty good damn play on their part to just ignore me thereafter (i.e. no call, rejection letter, etc).

    They gave me indirect feedback by having made HUGE asset write-downs and losing heaps of money because of the GFC- couldn't have asked for better. Kudos to RBC.

    Now that i'm more knowledgeable and have studied finance, I am gunning for an ib position. Fingers crossed.

    Big Four Graduate Analyst- Global Transfer Pricing (Tax Services)- from July 2009

  • In reply to balooshi
    KariPari's picture

    slik vik wrote:
    I interviewed with a boutique investment bank a few weeks ago for an intern position. Since I already am working at a Private Equity firm, I went just for some interview practice/network.
    The guy who was interviewing me sounded EXACTLY like Xerxes from the movie 300. After a few minutes, I couldn't help him picture as the bald Xerxes with piercings and I start laughing hysterically. I swear the look on his face was fucking priceless. He asked me if anything is wrong or if I am okay; I apologize and the interview is finished without even handshakes/"we'll call you within 2weeks"/business card.
    Btw, he was middle eastern so it added more credibility to the Xerxes thing.

    balooshi wrote:
    I was at an interview in IBD intern position. I had just come back 4 days earlier from a trip to southeast asia, and had mega ass blow! Basically if i farted, it wasnt all just air!

    Anyway was in the interview and i had one coming, i was nervous and couldnt keep it in, let it out (it was silent), and it wasnt just fart, it was a shart!! anyway, i had worn especially tight underwear, 2 pairs infact, and luckily it held it in so it didnt run down my leg. but there wes a putrid smell.

    Noone said anything, they mustve just thought I let rip a normal fart, that really hung around! luckily they ended the interview like 5 minutes later cos they couldnt handle the smell i suspect.

    They probably thought I shat myself because i was so nervous, but truth was it was because I had the Squirts!!!

    LOL! These were great.

  • Banker88's picture

    I went to interview with one of the prestigious boutique ibanks, and the first round interviews were held in a midtown hotel. I showed up about 15 minutes early, and planned to use the bathroom (#2). When I got up to the right floor, and knocked on the door, I realized it was literally a hotel room not a conference room or anything. The guy said "you're a little early, why don't we get started." I asked to use the bathroom quickly, and it was quite awkward sitting on the john for 3-5 minutes while a VP was waiting in the hotel room for me. I didn't make a big deal out of it when I walked out, but unfortunately the interview didn't go well anyway.

    Note to self: next time use starbucks bathroom first.

  • In reply to Banker88
    Yacht_man's picture

    banker88 wrote:
    I went to interview with one of the prestigious boutique ibanks, and the first round interviews were held in a midtown hotel. I showed up about 15 minutes early, and planned to use the bathroom (#2). When I got up to the right floor, and knocked on the door, I realized it was literally a hotel room not a conference room or anything. The guy said "you're a little early, why don't we get started." I asked to use the bathroom quickly, and it was quite awkward sitting on the john for 3-5 minutes while a VP was waiting in the hotel room for me. I didn't make a big deal out of it when I walked out, but unfortunately the interview didn't go well anyway.

    Note to self: next time use starbucks bathroom first.

    Should have asked if you could borrow a spare WSJ. At least he will know you don't just shit your time away (pun intended)

  • sdumb's picture

    In a BB interview I totally screwed up a question b/c I went into too much detail, which was my "greatest weakness" for which I had previously alluded to.

  • Mike2007's picture

    Even if only 1% of these posts is real, it's still pretty hilarious!

  • VikPand's picture

    About 2 years ago I had an interview at BNP for fixed income sales / trading. This was one of my first interviews so I meet with the first guy who is French and he sees on my resume that I'm in a fraternity and starts asking about it. So I go through the routine of community service, sports etc. and he starts asking me if it's a big party fraternity. Being naive I told the truth and mentioned how we would throw huge parties and get incredibly wasted and we were notorious on campus for kids failing out due to poor grades -even managed to drop the F bomb a few times. Classy.

    I'm supposed to meet with the next guy, but he's tied up, so a random MD comes in and starts busting my balls. Tells me his parents were scientists and worked for NASA and that he was a genius. I mention that I traded FX on my own and asks me if i use algorithms (no). Starts asking square roots, brainteasers etc. Eventually asks me why I'm better than an algorithm. For the most part come up with pretty decent answers and held it together much better than in the first round.

    No call back. Spoke to a friend of mine who worked there...apparently the french guy loved me. The MD hated me.

  • recession.graduate's picture

    My first round interview at GS was at 8:30 in the morning. Never having interviewed at GS before and not having known what to expect beforehand, I was a nervous wreck for the full 25 minutes, for which I was verbally incoherent and might as well have been speaking jibberish. At the end of the interview, I was so embarrassed with myself and so glad to be done that I bid the interviewer farewell by accidentally shouting "Goodnight!".........at 9:00am. The strange thing is that I got to superday/final round. I've had interviews where I was confident and answered all the questions correctly, only to be rejected. It just goes to show that the interview process is a major part luck too, so don't waste time beating yourself up over silly mistakes as long as you don't repeat them!

  • jt8506's picture

    I had an interview with Urdang for which I thought would be just a strictly real estate base interview and didn't realize it was part of their PE group. So, after 5 minutes of talking about myself and establishing how the associate was from my home town and knew of my friends' older brothers, he murdered me for the next 45 minutes with tech Qs. I mean heavy finance, DCF (standard), bond markets, macroeconomics, Subprime mess, I mean stuff that you need to either have a minimum years worth of experience or just be a finance geek. Needless to say, he was laughing at me by the end of the interview and nearly crushed my interviewing confidence. The next day, I found out that I had applied to an min. 3-5 year REIT analyst job....lucky me

  • ZIRH's picture

    i fucked up the "Which is better, debt or equity?" question with a BB in Hong Kong...
    That's almost as bad as the A=L+E screwup

  • bluecoat's picture

    my worst mistake was so embarrassing (it still is) that i don't even want to talk about it now. It was much worse than A = L + E one.

  • fhurricane's picture

    Once, at a small shop, I was being interviewed by 2 people. I am sitting comfortably in my chair. In walks a 3rd guy. I'm not really paying attention to him as he enters, and when he walks up to introduce himself to me, I panic and shake his hand while sitting down. Terribly awkward.

  • downsloper's picture

    My friend's twin brother, to the Internet when he got home from his interview. I wonder if he was like this the whole plane ride.:

    Quote:
    Hackmeister: i just got back from my second interview with Schlumberger.
    it seems like an pretty sweet job. yes a lot of hours but all the people are awesome, work hard / party hard type people, like me. we visited a real oil well and everything, and it definately seems like the type of atmosphere i'd like to work in. pay would be awesome, and even during the 6-8 months of training all housing, food, etc expenses are paid for and i'd still be getting a massive training bonus as well.
    oh yeah i've only slept like 8 hours since wednesday night but i'm still champing along. all 14 of us they brought along for the interviews stayed up all night drinking and playing flip cup with the recruiters. how many job interviews can you do THAT?
    oh and the recruiters were BLASTED from PF Chang's when they gave us the "exit interviews" pretty much asking us if we want the job / if so where we'd want to go. so FAWWWKKK YEAHH it's in the bag. itd be really sweet too if the put me in grand junction, CO, only around an hour from moab! KICKIN RADDD MOFOOO

    He didn't get the job.

  • In reply to bluecoat
    cacambo's picture

    bluecoat wrote:

    balbasur wrote:
    Had a interview with Renaissance Technologies and they asked me to write a proof for 1* (a*0) = 0.

    You must be kidding.....

    He probably is, but the sad thing is, you can construct a very legit proof of this from basic number theory axioms. Come to think of it, it's probably a very good question to separate the true math geeks from the rest...

  • MissingNo.'s picture

    Interview at the RBS superday this year, killed the first one, moved on to second feeling good, seemed to be answering things alright, then I mentioned that I did a lot of analysis on Coach for a school project and somehow we got to talking about why they were considering doing a large stock issue to finance some expansions. "Why would a company choose to finance with equity over debt?" I was about to say something and just froze... stumbled through something, incorrectly said that equity might be cheaper for them in this case blah blah, it ruined me and I got shook. We moved on and all of a sudden I blurted out "debt covenants! they can't take on any more debt due to agreements with lenders and they have to raise capital through other ways!". No offer. =p

    Still not sure if I want to spend the next 30+ years grinding away in corporate finance and the WSO dream chase or look to have enough passive income to live simply and work minimally.

  • beastly214's picture

    I've definitely been in several interviews where I start asking questions about the role and what it's like working there and I can't feign enthusiasm for working there...

    then the interview hits a dead end and it becomes blatantly obvious that I don't want the role and don't want the job and they look at me like "why the hell did you come in for the interview"....

  • MagicKarp's picture

    My only bad interview was my first one. And it was horrible. True story:
    Background, I was born in Eastern Europe, but had lived in the US for some time and usually spoke with a normal, American accent.

    Before I walked in to my interviewer's office, I was given a visitor's pass to put around my neck.
    This was for Equity Research; One of the first questions was: "How do you stay motivated."

    I was a freshman then and kind of obnoxious.
    I said, "Every morning, I wake up ready to bite the ass off a bear."
    Apparently he hadn't read Liar's Poker and seemed to be offended.

    About 5 minutes later, after a few easy technicals, he asked me which databases I was familiar with.
    I said "Ummm not sure. But I could always ask a librarian." He stared for a few seconds. After this I got nervous and began to speak with a farily heavy Eastern European accent.

    Towards the end of that interview he couldn't find one of my achievements on my resume and I walked over to his side of the desk to point it out.

    At the end of the interview, he accompanied me to the elevator, and at this point I was aware of how horribly I did, and I swear he must have asked me a couple of questions just to initiate small-talk but at that point I was completely oblivious to my surroundings and didn't say a word to him. I had also forgotten about my visitor's pass until I reached my car in the parking structure. I had to go back to the floor and give it to the secretary.

    It was a mess.

  • In reply to MagicKarp
    blastoise's picture

    MagicKarp wrote:
    My only bad interview was my first one. And it was horrible. True story:
    Background, I was born in Eastern Europe, but had lived in the US for some time and usually spoke with a normal, American accent.

    Before I walked in to my interviewer's office, I was given a visitor's pass to put around my neck.
    This was for Equity Research; One of the first questions was: "How do you stay motivated."

    I was a freshman then and kind of obnoxious.
    I said, "Every morning, I wake up ready to bite the ass off a bear."
    Apparently he hadn't read Liar's Poker and seemed to be offended.

    About 5 minutes later, after a few easy technicals, he asked me which databases I was familiar with.
    I said "Ummm not sure. But I could always ask a librarian." He stared for a few seconds. After this I got nervous and began to speak with a farily heavy Eastern European accent.

    Towards the end of that interview he couldn't find one of my achievements on my resume and I walked over to his side of the desk to point it out.

    At the end of the interview, he accompanied me to the elevator, and at this point I was aware of how horribly I did, and I swear he must have asked me a couple of questions just to initiate small-talk but at that point I was completely oblivious to my surroundings and didn't say a word to him. I had also forgotten about my visitor's pass until I reached my car in the parking structure. I had to go back to the floor and give it to the secretary.

    It was a mess.

    look at the bright side you get to evolve into gyadose i evolve into a tank with a flower on it

  • D M's picture

    lol balb

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

  • hadwhoken's picture

    generally I could feel how insulted he actually felt =)

    I had similar experience with Accenture (strategy). Was only interested in MBB, went for the interview for case practice. Was asked if i was interested in IT consulting, answered no. Asked again, still same answer. She switched with a fit question, then asked me once again, for the third time, if I could think of doing some IT consulting, said no.

    Didn't get the job. Feedback was the standard one, "not structural enough"

  • vanillathunder12's picture

    For a sophomore three day leadership thing with PwC, my roommate saved a patch of hair off the night before while I was asleep. I woke up, realized what he had done, put a bandage around my head and said I had crashed my bike the day earlier. Needless to say it didn't work out.

  • Chris_Marlin's picture

    Phone interview with citi: interviewer asked me what my biggest regret was in college.. i had never been asked this before and was caught a little off guard.. i didn't know what to say so I said "i wish i worked a little bit harder (i have a 3.2gpa)" she said "why?" i said "so i could've potentially been in a better position in terms of recruiting" she said "what's wrong with citi?" there was a bit of awkward silence and i said.. you're right.. i have no regrets

    LOL

    i did not advance.....

  • In reply to Chris_Marlin
    nownow's picture

    Chris_Marlin wrote:
    Phone interview with citi: interviewer asked me what my biggest regret was in college.. i had never been asked this before and was caught a little off guard.. i didn't know what to say so I said "i wish i worked a little bit harder (i have a 3.2gpa)" she said "why?" i said "so i could've potentially been in a better position in terms of recruiting" she said "what's wrong with citi?" there was a bit of awkward silence and i said.. you're right.. i have no regrets

    LOL

    i did not advance.....

    Hahahaha

  • myblackberryblinks's picture

    this was actually my first finance interview when i was a sophomore interviewing for ibd at a bulge bracket firm. it was all fit and there was good cop / bad cop so i was already pretty stressed. the guy asked "tell me about a time when you got into a confrontation"

    so basically since it was my first finance interview and i was completely unprepared the only thing i could think of was a heated confrontation with my roommate the week before. basically i was eating fried chicken and since my waste basket was filled i went over to his side of the room and dumped my chicken bones into his garbage can. he went apeshit and then proceeded to dump his entire garbage can over my garbage can which basically became a pile of trash in my corner of the room since the garbage was overfilled. and then we argued about it for like a week. my resolution was basically that i shouldn't be eating fried chicken in my room in the first place =(

    it was the only answer i could think of. needless to say they weren't very impressed.

  • In reply to myblackberryblinks
    happypantsmcgee's picture

    myblackberryblinks wrote:
    this was actually my first finance interview when i was a sophomore interviewing for ibd at a bulge bracket firm. it was all fit and there was good cop / bad cop so i was already pretty stressed. the guy asked "tell me about a time when you got into a confrontation"

    so basically since it was my first finance interview and i was completely unprepared the only thing i could think of was a heated confrontation with my roommate the week before. basically i was eating fried chicken and since my waste basket was filled i went over to his side of the room and dumped my chicken bones into his garbage can. he went apeshit and then proceeded to dump his entire garbage can over my garbage can which basically became a pile of trash in my corner of the room since the garbage was overfilled. and then we argued about it for like a week. my resolution was basically that i shouldn't be eating fried chicken in my room in the first place =(

    it was the only answer i could think of. needless to say they weren't very impressed.

    Did you tell them how you took the trash and threw it in your roommates face before beating him retarded? Because that would have shown that you're aggressive...

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

  • In reply to blastoise
    ivoteforthatguy's picture

    squirtlez wrote:
    Had a interview with Renaissance Technologies and they asked me to write a proof for 1* (a*0) = 0.

    Gonna pull this one out my ass but here goes:

    Claim: 1*(a*0) = 0.

    Proof. 1 is the multiplicative identity of the real field, and thus 1*(a*0) = (a*0). Suppose for a contradiction there exists a nonzero a such that a*0 = b for some nonzero b. Since a belongs to the ring of reals, there exists a nonzero inverse element a^-1 such that a^-1*a = 1. Thus 0 = a^-1*b. But the ring of reals is closed under multiplication and so a^-1*b cannot be zero, leading to a contradiction.

  • Billy_Madison's picture

    In early January, I had a Superday with a BB for a SA spot in their Asset Mgmt division. I got in touch with a person at school who did the SA with the same BB the previous year and he told me the 1st 3 interviews were all from HR, piece of cake. Turns out, the 1st 4 interviews were with different groups each (quant, research, ops, p-wealth), and even though they were all behavioral and relatively easy, they all asked the same question at the end - "What group do you see yourself working for?"

    Nervous, I decided to answer the question by tailoring it to each group i met (when i met with quant i said "The quant group! because blah blah blah", etc.) even though what I really wanted to was research.

    As I sat in the room with all the other interviewees, waiting for recruiters to call and tell us whether we move on or not, my name gets called. Recruiter tells me I did not advance, why? .........because when they were discussing me, they were unsure on what exactly I wanted to do and what group was best for me, since i gave them all different answers.......

    My train ride back home was not the happiest, hahaha.

  • Virginia Tech 4ever's picture

    OCR 2006 I applied for an accounting job at a nice boutique (from a family of accountants--father was a corporate CFO of a F500 company. He's also dead and obviously has no pull). Because my GPA was 2.5, I kept it off my resume. So I went to the pre-interview information session and hit it off BIG time with the partners and associates that were on-campus recruiting. I DESTROYED the interview the next day and made up some excuse why I hadn't provided my GPA ("well, I honestly don't know what it is. I'll have to get back to you guys on that"). In the mean time, the company brought me up to its headquarters and the team interviewed me there. Afterward, the partner took me in a room by ourselves and said that I was going to be a future partner--that I had the personality, drive and intelligence to be a 7-figure partner in about 10 years and that they wanted me. BUT, they needed to see my transcript--and that since they liked me so much and since he was an alumnus, if I had something moderately respectable--like a 2.8--they could take me on. So that day, I wrote a letter to the company with my transcript enclosed explaining my college performance of 2.5 (which includes several Ds, a few Fs, and virtually no As at all).

    I went from future 7-figure partner to never hearing from them again. I don't know if I'll ever get over that one fully.

  • In reply to ivoteforthatguy
    blastoise's picture

    ivoteforthatguy wrote:
    squirtlez wrote:
    Had a interview with Renaissance Technologies and they asked me to write a proof for 1* (a*0) = 0.

    Gonna pull this one out my ass but here goes:

    Claim: 1*(a*0) = 0.

    Proof. 1 is the multiplicative identity of the real field, and thus 1*(a*0) = (a*0). Suppose for a contradiction there exists a nonzero a such that a*0 = b for some nonzero b. Since a belongs to the ring of reals, there exists a nonzero inverse element a^-1 such that a^-1*a = 1. Thus 0 = a^-1*b. But the ring of reals is closed under multiplication and so a^-1*b cannot be zero, leading to a contradiction.

    1*(a*0) = 0 ; distributive property

    a * 0 = 0 ; multiplication property of zero

    0 = 0 ; ta-da!

    anything times zero will give you zero.......

  • theATL's picture

    Blastoise,

    You can't just say that anything times zero will give you zero, that is part of the proof.

    It should be (and as far as I know is) more complicated than that.

  • karypto's picture

    I had a FT corporate finance interview. The question was 'What was the hardest part about moving from office x to office y (same company). I said I put on some extra weight (it's true) and laughed it of. Dinged.

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