| How do you reject an interview you want to do?I accepted an SA offer from a mid-tier investment bank a few weeks ago (it was the only offer I had).
I've just found out that I have been granted first-round interviews with 2 top-tier firms, to which I had applied at the beginning of the year (I guess I was quite low on the alternate list…). I...|| 2 years 9 months|
| Should I try and find a better internship?I have an SA offer in investment banking from an international bank (think HSBC, BNP) in Singapore (I'm from there, but I'd rather be in NY), which I have to accept within the next 7 business days.
The US application deadline for UBS investment banking and Morgan Stanley equity research is...|| 2 years 9 months|
| Do you need Mandarin for Hong Kong ECM/DCM/S&...So I know that for Investment Banking and Equity Research in Hong Kong, fluent Mandarin is absolutely necessary. Does that extend to other divisions, however?
Namely, what are the language requirements for:
Also, do the language requirements vary across...|| 3 years 2 weeks|
| How to state language proficiency?As of now, I write on my resume that I have "basic proficiency" in Chinese. If you were read that description, how good at Chinese would you assume I am?
My actual speaking/listening ability level falls somewhere in between Novice-High and Intermediate-Mid according to this guide (http://www....|| 3 years 1 month|
| Black suit, or not?From what I've read on here, it seems that a charcoal-grey suit is the best option for an interview, with black being a "don't if you can afford to avoid it".
Recently, though, I was at a JP Morgan event where the HR person said "I recently read a black suit increases the chance of interview...|| 3 years 3 months|
| Send a Cover Letter, or not?When a job application doesn't ask for a cover letter, is it better to send one along anyway? Many of the IBD/S...|| 3 years 11 months|
| How many people get phone interviews?During recruiting for summer internships at bulge-brackets (or any bank with an internship program), what percentage of applicants receive a phone interview after the initial screening?
Who conducts the phone interview? A banker, or an HR person?|| 4 years 2 days|
| Who reads your resume?When you apply for a Summer Internship in IBD at a BB, is your resume (at the stage when deciding whom to call for a phone interview) read by an HR person? Or is it read by a banker?
How about if you're applying to a smaller shop?|| 4 years 2 days|
| Does my English accent help/hurt?I have an English accent. It's not super-thick, or super upper-class, but it's definitely English. Not Scouse or Cockney or anything, but the type of English accent you see in the movies e.g. Hugh Grant (my voice isn't as deep though).
It's really handy for picking up chicks over here, but I'm...|| 4 years 4 weeks|
| Different MajorsI am an undergrad at the University of Chicago. I'm an Econ major right now, but I'm thinking of switching.
Suppose an Econ student with good GPA, ECs, and interview technique gets a 10/10 rating for how suitable he is for the I-banking/s...|| 4 years 1 month|