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I have heard dozens of monkeys talk about their stock pitch get torn apart during an interview, or people getting ridiculed during cold calls or informational interviews.

I was interested in hearing some horror stories regarding this topic. What was your reaction when an interviewer said you were dumb (whether in those words or not)? How did you respond?

I think we can all learn from other's successes and failures in these situations as we will all face them at some point in our careers.

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  • Flake's picture

    After a while I just got used to it.

    Under my tutelage, you will grow from boys to men. From men into gladiators. And from gladiators into SWANSONS.

  • Flake's picture

    They're not entertaining at all.
    Anyway, I don't have any stories like that during interviews...There have been a few occasions when a client would call and make me feel stupid for not knowing something or being unable to completely answer their question. I'll share the one from yesterday because it's still fresh.

    Client: I have a question about X.
    Me: Ok...So...let's say you have like $100 dollars in mortgage bonds right?
    Client (cuts me off): Is your senior analyst availble for a call on Monday?

    Under my tutelage, you will grow from boys to men. From men into gladiators. And from gladiators into SWANSONS.

  • NorthEastIdiot's picture

    I had two different interviewers question my intelligence and analytical ability for a leadership development internship at a major finance firm. During the case brief, he pretty much said that I didn't have the "intellectual horsepower" required for the role (remind you, it's a general leadership role that people en dup running an ops division or something). The other basically tore apart all of my comments and questioned how I got into an Ivy League school.

    The funny thing is that I was waitlisted for the job (out of 30 final round applicants, 1 offer and 2 waitlists went out). I must have aced the other interviews because those two went really badly.

  • In reply to Flake
    FutureERAnalyst's picture

    Flake wrote:
    They're not entertaining at all.
    Anyway, I don't have any stories like that during interviews...There have been a few occasions when a client would call and make me feel stupid for not knowing something or being unable to completely answer their question. I'll share the one from yesterday because it's still fresh.

    Client: I have a question about X.
    Me: Ok...So...let's say you have like $100 dollars in mortgage bonds right?
    Client (cuts me off): Is your senior analyst availble for a call on Monday?

    haha. That same thing happened to me about some BS trigger event last week... Something to laugh about now, discouraging at the time. It was a new deal assigned to me so I didn't feel to bad at the time.

  • Flake's picture

    It just sucks because as soon as you hang up, everything comes back to you instantly. Everything that you wish you were aware of when the guy put you on the spot...I'll sit there and think "wtf, why didn't I just say that?". Then I try to patch it up by emailing them with a proper response but the moment/credibility was already lost.

    I just blame the fact that I'm new and still learning the sector haha. Makes me feel better.

    Under my tutelage, you will grow from boys to men. From men into gladiators. And from gladiators into SWANSONS.

  • Flake's picture

    Harvard, I hope you punched that guy in the mouth.

    Under my tutelage, you will grow from boys to men. From men into gladiators. And from gladiators into SWANSONS.

  • blastoise's picture

    Alum: What stock would you be long here.
    Me: I would be short RIM
    Alum: Lol, they are releasing the playbook soon...do you pay attention to companies?
    Me: Go ahead buy some..I'll have no problem taking your money.

  • HarvardOrBust's picture

    To be fair, he was right. I was unprepared and missed a lot of details, which he pointed out. There was no point in doing anything irrational, so I just heard him out and tried to never make the same mistake again.

  • In reply to HarvardOrBust
    lucidfighter's picture

    HarvardOrBust wrote:
    To be fair, he was right. I was unprepared and missed a lot of details, which he pointed out. There was no point in doing anything irrational, so I just heard him out and tried to never make the same mistake again.

    What stock did you try to pitch? How did you pitch it? haha just curious. PM me if you would rather do that. I'm still learning the nuances but I feel like I'm getting a decent handle from listening on the calls that the analysts around me get on.

  • rothyman's picture

    I think awkward silence is worse than any put-down an interviewer could give you.

    My first interview @ a BB when I graduated I was interviewed by 2 VPs & 1 MD on the speakerphone up in NYC. The FIT went fine. Then came the technical.. they asked me a simple bond yield question and I froze. There was utter silence for 15 seconds and then finally the MD on the speaker phone (some bitch) says "Okay I think we've seen enough here. Nice meeting you Mr. X. Click."

    That interview still haunts me.

  • Thurnis Haley's picture

    I'd probably punch the person in the face. I'm serious. I've knocked peoples' teeth out because they wouldn't get out of my frat house's kitchen during a party. I think they'd need plastic surgery after I was done with them if they actually called me an idiot to my face. They better call security because I'm slicing off their nipples after they insult me like that.

  • In reply to Thurnis Haley
    UFOinsider's picture

    Thurnis Haley wrote:
    I'd probably punch the person in the face. I'm serious. I've knocked peoples' teeth out because they wouldn't get out of my frat house's kitchen during a party. I think they'd need plastic surgery after I was done with them if they actually called me an idiot to my face. They better call security because I'm slicing off their nipples after they insult me like that.

    ^ Someone needs anger management

    Get busy living

  • Bravo's picture

    Please don't make me talk to you like an asshole...

  • Determined's picture

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