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Submit Cover Letters in OCR?On my school's OCR system, certain firms require cover letters and others leave it optional. What is the right strategy for the optional cases? My feeling is not to submit cover letters when theyre optional, because they don't help and can only hurt. In that case why give more material that you... 2 years 5 months
Do bankers see your transcript?This is about SA IBD applications where the transcript is required. Do the bankers who actually decide whether you get an interview read the transcripts, or do they just look at the GPA listed in the resume when selecting interview candidates? I had one semester of bad grades, and am wondering... 2 years 6 months
Networking calendarFor those who've been through the SA recruiting cycle, what are times of the year where you witness a high response rate? What are times when most analysts are too busy or getting ready for their vacations? For example, my cold emails of the last week or so have hardly got responses. 2 years 6 months
Leaders in Investment BankingDoes anyone know of this 2-day workshop? It teaches the basics of resume writing, accounting, and valuation. It's free (but with a $30 refundable registration fee), and occurring in major cities. It started in 2010, so I would love to hear from anyone who has attended. Thanks 2 years 9 months
Beginner investing guides?Hi Seasoned Readers of WSO, A friend asked me to recommend him some books on personal investing. He knows basic econ/finance concepts, but has never owned or traded securities. I'm guessing an introductory text on the different asset classes, what metrics to watch out for, what common... 2 years 10 months
GRE or GMAT for MSF or MMSI am trying to decide which test to take for MSF (e.g. Princeton, Vandy, WUSTL) and MMS (Duke). Given I have limited time to prepare, I would like to know in which test is it easier to achieve an acceptable score. 1. Which one is generally considered easier and therefore takes shorter to... 2 years 10 months
Cold email questionSay you cold email an MD/ED in investment banking asking for an informational interview. He kindly replies that he is no longer in the business, that his Linkedin page (which boasts of 12 years in banking) is not up to date, and he wishes you good luck in your job search. What does the WSO... 2 years 11 months
GS Superday Invitation EmailFor GIR in NYC specifically, the invitation to superday email (from HR) has the sentence [quote]Members of the division will also reach out to help coach and prepare you for the superday if they have not done so already.[/quote] Does anyone find this a bit unusual? Anyone else get this... 3 years 3 months


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Anatomy of the 10-KAny reason why you would read MD&A before the 3 statements/notes? Is there something to starting with the least biased and least management-manipulated data? 1 year 7 months
Ask me anything: Ex Banking Analyst in China +...In both your M&A and PE positions, are you focused entirely on China/HK/Taiwan deals? Or are other Far East or South East countries included? What's the breakdown? 1 year 10 months
Ask me anything: 2nd year HF analystIn your group, are there analysts with advanced degrees (masters, phd, etc) in quantitative fields? In fundamental long/short generally? 1 year 11 months
Should you cheat?The higher number of times you cheat, the greater the risk you get caught. 2 years 1 month
% Chance I can break into IB?Dude, your chances so bad, they can't be described by a real number. 2 years 1 month
Is the mathematics frequently used in IBD or S...So you haven't taken any math in college? 2 years 2 months
Just started fulltime but now offered ER...ER internship gives him the credibility to apply to other FT front office finance roles. 2 years 2 months
7 Practical Tips for Entering 1st Year IBD...[quote=narby] Tip #6: Pay what you must for fast, reliable internet. Invest in a good keyboard, mouse, chair, and at least 1 large monitor. Buy a quality set of earbuds with a quality microphone. You want to be able to take calls and work from home as much as possible in as comfortable of a manner... 2 years 2 months
PIMCO Account Analyst SAHave you talked to your interviewer or the people in the department? 2 years 3 months
Why You Should Reject that Start-Up JobGreat article! 2 years 4 months