Andy note: Best of WSO - this post originally went up May 2008 and we thought it deserved to go back on the homepage for those who may have never seen it.
Some advice for all the prospective monkeys out there...
#1- For those of you on this forum and looking for a job... you are entitled to nothing. No one on here owes you shit, if they help you, it’s because they want to not because they owe you.
#2- Never say anything (publicly or through a PM/E-Mail) you wouldn't say to an interviewer; because potential interviewers may very well be on this forum. And when you specifically mention what firm/div/group you’re interviewing in, they will know who you are.
#3- If someone goes to bat for you and gets you an interview, you are representing them. Meaning anything you do or say reflects positively or negatively on them. They did you a favor; don't embarrass them by acting like an imbecile and then mentioning them by name.
#4- While you’re in school, you may feel like you have the world by the balls. Maybe you go to UNC-CH like this kid and have a solid , get the highest grade on your exams etc... I’m sure you feel like a real rock star at times. Get ready for the real world. You will have the most success by being humble, keeping your head down, and working harder than you ever dreamed possible.
Since I've already FWDed this transcript to a select few colleagues, I guess my anonymity has been breached.
This fine specimen is interviewing for an Investment Analyst position tomorrow.
you better keep yourself in check small timer, you're obviously one of those kids with no connections like me ;) ... if you have any problems with buysideguy01, tell that to Harold (UNC represent) ... i can get you fired just like that if i knew your name, you have NO CONNECTIONS
Well you obviously have an interview coming up. I take it the 2 girls interviewing this week wouldn't call themselves BuySideGuy01 and the 2 guys with PE-relatedknow what PE secondaries consist of; that leaves one stray douche bag interviewing this week... AKA BuySideGuy01. Try to keep your smug attitude in check.
Don't count on an offer.
Nice use of "especially" Looks like they hire "especially intelligent" people in
You should be careful how you come off when talking to people on this forum. Especially when you have an interview coming up and you could potentially rub someone the wrong way. Especially if that someone works in the group you're interviewing in and could potentially be interviewing you. The job market is tough, PEG is a group that is VERY particular about who they hire and have dinged people for seemingly minuscule transgressions.
Just a friendly heads up.