I just want to give a shout-out to the WSO team and all the monkeys that take the time to post regularly on the site.
After a poor recruitment preparation last spring, I consider myself lucky to get my SA in. Keeping up with WSO over the summer, I devoted myself to learn everything I could about trying to land a banking position, as well as other seemingly trivial yet vital info to help prep for interviews (i.e. why this city?, or what to wear). Much in part to the advice offered on WSO, and persistence, I was able to land a FT banking position - its one of the best feelings in the world.
Potential Monkeys out there, don't take for granted all the resources available to you on this site - I can't stress this enough. And most importantly, never give up - the hiring environment sucks, I know, but there are positions out there. There is a reason we all want to go into this field - we are driven to be successful in all that we do. Consider the hiring landscape as your first career challenge, and if you treat it as such, you can't fail.