Summer Analyst Recruiting Mega Thread

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Mod Note (Andy): Here's some WSO threads my content intern pulled up for you guys. Hope you find the links helpful!

Need the FT Recruiting Megathread? You can find it here here

Networking

Protips: Not Being Awkward

How to Crush Your Informational Interview

Searching for summer internships

Interviews

Why You Aren't Getting Offers

UG Recruiting Part I: How a Resume Becomes an Interview

Acing the Investment Banking Analyst Interview

Notes for technical interview questions

How to answer technical interview questions fast

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

SA Interview Prep Techniques

On the Job

The Dos and Donts for Summer Analysts

How Not To Screw Up An Internship

Stop Using Your Mouse

8 Steps to Getting Through 100 Hour Weeks

Converting your SA into FT

7 Tips for the Boutique IB Summer Stint

Week 1: Training

Week 2: Hitting the Desk

Week 3: The Pitch

Week 4: Initiation

How to Avoid Making Silly Mistakes

General Advice

Lloyd Blankfein's Advice to Summer Interns

Summer Intern Pro Tips and Pratfalls

Silly Shit Interns Do

Beginners Guide to Valuation and Metrics by Sector

Relevant Quotes from Interviews and AMAs

I need someone that makes my life easier. They need to know basic industry terminology and some relevant players. Smart and hardworking are table stakes, we're all smart and hardworking, I want to hire people with more, prove to me that you're willing to reprint documents at 2 am because you noticed a mistake in the final version and be able to convert a GJ to boe to mmbtu then mcf and back.

-Interview with a Senior Institutional Research Associate

First and foremost, you don't know anything. There is going to be an astronomical learning curve when you start and you won't even be able to hold an intelligent conversation for a couple of months. The ins and outs of the way the products we use are structured take time to understand and that's ok. No one expects you to be a world beater on day one but you have to keep learning. Don't ask the same question twice. Try to find places where the answers you already have could apply and use a little trial and error. You're new so nothing you work on is going to be mission critical to the point that fucking it up will hurt our P&L. Relax, and learn.

-Happypantsmcgee the Interview

There's really only three things I'd need to see out of someone to know I can work with them. Even though they're all pretty close in importance, I'll order them this way:

1) Autonomy. I could never have an intern who's either following me around "trying to learn" or is sitting at his desk with big squirrel eyes looking up at me waiting for me to tell him what to do every single time he has a project...

-Blackhat Interview

Comments (23)

Oct 30, 2013

Great stuff! Good luck to all SA candidates this year. Feel free to reach out to me if you have questions.

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Oct 30, 2013

Been lurking WSO for two years now, can't believe its finally my time for SA recruitment. Here we gooooooo

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Nov 2, 2013

start your engines!!! also, remember it's not life or death, so don't forget to breathe. This job is a bitch, so if you don't get it, you actually just saved yourself 2 years of legalized torture...

But good luck!
Patrick

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Oct 31, 2013

good luck to everyone! after two years of hard work from a non core school, i have finally seen the fruits of my labor in the form of an offer from a BB. nay non core/ore students have questions on networking/cold emailing etc feel free to reply back or pm ! and remember dont give up, stay positive and you will find your place some where. "the night is darkest before dawn"

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Oct 31, 2013

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Nov 2, 2013
TheOneandOnlyRD:

good luck to everyone! after two years of hard work from a non core school, i have finally seen the fruits of my labor in the form of an offer from a BB. nay non core/ore students have questions on networking/cold emailing etc feel free to reply back or pm ! and remember dont give up, stay positive and you will find your place some where. "the night is darkest before dawn"

Same story here. Small amount of proof that this can and does happen, frequently with help from this site and always as a result of hard work. Good luck to everyone applying.

Nov 3, 2013

Is this topic for US SA positions only? I'm asking because as per my experience the London IBD SA programmes are almost full.

DYEL

Nov 3, 2013

Are you sure? I know plenty of firms that are still recruiting in London for IBD SA.

Nov 4, 2013

Well I can't get really specific, but I know that for my country chances of getting an IBD SA 2014 position for GS/JP/MS is pretty much zero, unless people drop out.

DYEL

Nov 12, 2013

Been lurking here for 3 years as well, and it's finally time to apply! From a non-target in Canada which will make it almost impossible, but you miss 100% of the shots you don't take. Good luck all!

"Try and fail, but don't fail to try"

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Nov 16, 2013

Welcome lurker :-) ...how to we get more of you to join the conversation??

Nov 12, 2013

Thanks, this is extremely helpful. SB

Nov 12, 2013

Is there a post for 'why you arnt getting the first round interview' that could help me?

Nov 12, 2013
Charles-perry:

Is there a post for 'why you arnt getting the first round interview' that could help me?

At the very least, have your resume reviewed either by the community on WSO or use their premium services. Having a good looking resume is half the battle of getting your foot in the door.

Nov 14, 2013
kingtut:
Charles-perry:

Is there a post for 'why you arnt getting the first round interview' that could help me?

At the very least, have your resume reviewed either by the community on WSO or use their premium services. Having a good looking resume is half the battle of getting your foot in the door.

I got this company (http://dreamresume.com/) to professionally edit it - does it count? Happy to upload it on WSO too if it helps? Shall I put it in the 'Job Search Advice' section?

Nov 18, 2013

When should we be expecting phone interviews to start happening (assuming we aren't in an accelerated process)?

Nov 18, 2013

The formal recruiting process doesn't start until Jan/Feb apparently, but it seems like there are people who are getting SA offers already (various threads on WSO). WTF?? Should I be freaking out already? Does life end if I don't get an IB SA offer? If so, is there a different heaven for those who landed IB SA gigs and those who didn't? Do GS'ers get VIP access/bottle service?

Dec 24, 2013

Interested in this as well. Seems to me that these offers must be for accelerated process. Thinking that we should start hearing en masse after the first of the year, no?

Dec 24, 2013

I am a non-target for NY banks and have accepted a BB NY SA offer through accelerated interviews. They will go to their core schools in January to finish up the process

Dec 25, 2013

Just finished PE analyst recruiting and was disappointed in a lot of international MBA students I met (undergrad in China, top tier MBA candidate). Can't get over how "inside the box" their thinking was, I almost found it entertaining - albeit slightly uncomfortable - to ask simple but open-ended questions they couldn't answer for the life of them. So after that deflating process, will probably continue to recruit more heavily from target undergrads over the next couple of months.

Dec 28, 2013
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