FT Recruiting - Compilation of Helpful WSO Posts

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Mod Note (Andy): FT Recruiting is closed for some firms but still in full force for others. To help you out we created this compilation post linking to the best FT recruiting related discussions on WSO Hope you find it helpful!

Also make sure to check out this thread: 2015 FT Recruiting Mega Thread - Latest Updates >>>

A) Networking

The Truth About Networking

Networking 101: Hedge Fund Edition

How to Crush Your Informational Interview

Multi Purpose Networking

How to be Memorable at a Networking Event

Cold-Emailing Guide

Newly added:
How To Get A Job On Wall Street (When You Don't Know Anybody)

The Truth About Networking

B) Interviewing

Acing the Investment Banking Analyst Interview

Notes for technical interview questions

UG Recruiting Part I: How a Resume Becomes an Interview

Webinar: Mastering the Banking Technical Interview

Webinar: Mastering the Banking Fit Interview

Webinar: Mastering the Sales&Trading Interview

Why We Hired a Non-Target 1st Year IB Analyst

C) On the Job

Suck it up, 8 steps to getting through 100 hour weeks

12 Hours til Deadline: The All Nighter

Banking Lifestyle: What the Hours Are Really Like

15 Things I Wish I Knew as a First Year IB Analyst

Advice for New FT Recruits: Tale of Caution

Timeline of an Investment Banking Analyst Year 1

What are IB Hours Like Really

Practical Tips for Entering 1st Year IBD Analysts

Three Things You Didn't Know About Becoming a Rock-Star Analyst

So You Made it to Banking, Now What

Convert Your Summer Internship Into a FT Offer

Newly added:
Anatomy Of The 10-K

Working in FIG (Financial Institutions Group) - An Overview

Banking Lifestyle: What Are the Hours Really Like

On the Job With Simple As...My Research Process

Week 1 of IBD Internship: Training

Ask Me Anything: Former IBD + Analyst now on buyside

D) General Advice

Practical Tips for 1st Year IBD Analysts

3 Things You Didn't Know About Becoming a Rock Star Analyst

Boutique vs Bulge Bracket

A Letter to a Chimp

My Not-so-Secrets-to-Success

Why You Aren't Getting Offers

Newly added:
Why are we Obsessed with "Work/Life Balance"

7 Practical Tips for Entering 1st Year IBD Analyst

Former M&A/KKR here to field questions

Interview with Credir Risk Associate (Part 1/2)

E) Relevant quotes from Interviews & AMAs

I was actually a hiring manager in my last role. I personally prefer a fluid interview and will pick questions based on their experiences in the past and tailor them so they are put on the spot and can't pull one of their scripted answers out of a hat. If they still try, they are dinged.

-Interview with an ER Associate

Stay in touch with your friends or teammates. I can tell you I've been surprised on more than one occasion to find a golf buddy or kid in high school I thought was a prick all of the sudden works in or tangential to my industry and that we might be able to find ways to work together. Old adage of not burning bridges applies here.

-Interview with Deal Team Lead Manager

Work hard and get job experience. When a resume hits an inbox they look at school, GPA and job experience. They also run key word searches on the resume so if you have good experience the software will realize it for example "investment banking analyst" is much better to write on your resume than "corporate finance analyst" if you in fact did an investment banking internship.

-Interview with WallStreetPlayboys

I was an M&A analyst at the height of the boom period in 2007/2008. We were working at absolutely capacity, and the bank often turned away live deals because it was executing as many as it could handle. This meant that 100 hour weeks were common and all-nighters happened once a week. Not a day went by where I didn't get a serious urge to quit. Looking back, I couldn't be happier that I stuck it out.

-Q&A with CompBanker

If you want more help preparing for full-time interviews, check out the WSO IB Prep Pack, our resume and cover letter review services, and our finance job board.

Comments (33)

Oct 24, 2013

great overview, thanks !

Oct 24, 2013


Oct 24, 2013

awesome, thanks for putting this together

Oct 24, 2013

Great for anyone, thanks!

Oct 24, 2013

This is awesome! Thanks!

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Oct 24, 2013

Great Post!

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Oct 26, 2013

Very helpful post. Thanks!

Oct 26, 2013

Thank you

Oct 27, 2013

This is now bookedmarked on my computer. Great post.

Oct 30, 2013

Thanks for the compilation!
Especially great for the new monkeys.

Oct 30, 2013

Great compilation of some of the best content on these boards

Oct 30, 2013

Bookmarked, ty!

Jul 29, 2014

Cool, Thanks!

Jul 29, 2014

Omg, godsend!!!!

Jul 29, 2014

This is great, thanks. Perfect timing.

Jul 29, 2014

Nice work!

Jul 29, 2014

Sweet! Thanks!

Jul 29, 2014

great, thank you!

Jul 29, 2014

@belgian_brah can you send me the networking Word document. I cannot PM you because I don't have enough banana points. Thanks.

Aug 3, 2014

Awesome, thank you.

Aug 3, 2014

great post!

Aug 7, 2014

Bookmarked! Something else that would be useful is perhaps recommended books.


Aug 9, 2014

Amazing! Thanks Andy

Aug 10, 2014

This is the most helpful post for people trying to break in!

Aug 21, 2014


Aug 21, 2014


Aug 26, 2014

good one dude

Sep 7, 2014


Sep 8, 2014

This is great, I would love to see more compilations on different topics.

Sep 9, 2014

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Sep 9, 2014