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+183How To Get A Job On Wall Street (When You Don't Know Anybody)

Jared Dillian

Hey monkeys, I'm on a plane from CLT to PHX, and I have wifi, and I'm not in the mood to work on my book. I like giving you guys some of my more thoughtful newsletter articles every once in a while, but I've never directly contributed to the forum. I have a few hours to kill, so...

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+164Best interview advice I ever received

jhoratio

This idea was discussed within a comment thread a couple month ago but I thought it deserved its own thread just because of how awesome it is. I wanted to share with you guys a tip that is virtually guaranteed to improve your interviews. Here's what you do: 1. Arrive at interview...

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+139Why Prestige Really Matters

Goldman Snacks

So, everyone is a prestige whore in some way or another. Let's be honest. For every 1 person who can afford to pay cash for an S500 AMG but drives a Prius for the mileage, there are 100 million people who finance a car they can't really afford. The same applies to school - How many...

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+123Searching for a Summer Internship?

Wall Street Mentors

<em>Mod Note (Andy): Bumped this back up from winter 2010 and it is still useful, but <strong>even more companies and banks are listed in the <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/wso-company-database"><abbr title="Wall Street Oasis ">WSO</abbr>...

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+118Things Employers Tell Interviewees and What They Really Mean

PrestigeCaller

11 Things Employers Tell Interviewees and What They Really Mean <h4>1. "We Have a Very Flat Hierarchy":</h4> We have a few VPs that take home all of the carry and three dozen Analysts grinding out all of our legwork because it's cheaper. All you little shits are...

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+83Life Goes On...

KeepingitPrivate

[quote]In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.[/quote] -Robert Frost From the outside, my life right now looks great. I graduated with high honors from one of the world's best universities, completed my banking stint in a top tier group and am...

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+74How NOT to Network

Wallstreetneversleeps

Following up after an info session is great, especially if you actually took some positive information from it.... However, there is a new email circulating Wall Street that may not dethrone the "Barclays Welcome to the Jungle" one from a few years back but.... here is some...

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+71How I Cheated a Drug Test for an Offer I Didn't Accept

ftorbust

I apologize for the length of this post, there is a lot for me to cover and I don't want to skip any of the details. So it finally happened - I <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-hedge-fund-HF"...

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+69I have officially accepted a position at...posts

PEConsultant

I’m genuinely curious as it seems like these type of posts have become the norm for the younger generation on LinkedIn, why do people post these? You’re not a 5 star football recruit I couldn’t care less which option you decided to pick and your thank you shade you throw at the companies...

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+65Worst conduct you've seen from an interviewer

Undercover meme

Just what the title says. Just the dumbest/meanest/most unprofessional thing you've gotten from an interviewer. To start off, I had a friend butcher a technical and get asked if he won a Special Olympics medal during a <abbr title="elite boutique">EB</abbr>...

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+65Learn from My Mistakes

BlackHat

I've always loved this site because even when I was but a wee little lurker in college I could always come on here and hear about all the little details that finance professionals picked up and wish they had known earlier. The big questions, like which offer to take or whether to...

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+58How does a working class teen headed to a target undergrad get into IBD?

Anonymous Monkey

I hate being poor. I want to make a lot of money. I got lucky getting into a target college, now what? Maybe I'm scrappy, but I can't compete academically with hyper-aggressive kids from Stuyvesant, Exeter, and other $30K-60K year prep/boarding schools, so what am I supposed to do?...

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+5611 Steps to Becoming a Finance Jedi

ichorturtle

<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/23/14 and ranks #12 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...

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+54Advice from an ex-IB MD - DON'T make these mistakes

wilowallstreet

<em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out Wilowallstreet's AMA <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/ask-an-ex-ib-md-anything">here</a>. The AMA is still open and he is actively answering any question that you may have.</em> Someone asked me last week about all...

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+543.9+ GPA BAD

ibpotential

Recently got the opportunity to talk with the head of banking at a solid <abbr title="middle market">MM</abbr> firm (think William Blair). He said that he hates hiring 3.9+ GPA candidates and actually sees it as a red flag. His reasoning was that they lack social...

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+49I was fired today, don't know what to do....

DopeBoy14

I've been working for a year at a large investment bank as an analyst in <abbr title="mergers and acquisitions">M&A</abbr>. I was fired today after an argument with my associate that happened a couple of days ago. I'm still in absolute shock right now....

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+47Tell me a joke.

myPuppyVictoria

I went to an interview and was asked to tell a joke. I told a simple one. How would you respond? <em>Mod Note (Andy): See more jokes in this thread from 2017</em>: https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/interview-questions-tell-me-a-joke

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+47BlackRock Virtual Cover Letter Hireview

mb317

Has anyone applied to BlackRock to be a full-time analyst and received a request to submit a virtual cover letter? I'm not sure what to expect so if anyone has completed it and could tell me what questions were on it that would be great! I'm not sure whether to expect to submit one...

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+42Filtering resumes - what I looked for when screening 200+ resumes

SSits

<em>Mod Note (Andy): This was originally posted 12/30/14 and is a great read for those getting prepared for Summer Analyst recruiting</em> We're preparing for our OCR interview day for <strong>summer interns</strong> from one of our target schools and our team...

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+41Interview Question: "Prove to me that you are smart"

HairyHilary

This is an actual question I got and completely f'd up the answer... How would you go about answering this question? It seems like a lose lose scenario. If you answer it seriously, by explaining your high GPA/relevant experience then its a really boring answer and you might even come...

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+40Wanna Jump Straight to the Buy Side?

WhiteHat

<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 10/17/12. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a></em> <h3>Deciding to Recruit For the Buy...

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+35I have been told that I can't make it into the finance industry (HF, VC, PE, etc.) because of my height?

Aerbil99

Hello everyone, I am a freshman attending Dartmouth - majoring in economics. I am focusing my future on finance, whether it be working at a hedge fund or private equity. But I've read and have been told a few times that I won't be able to make it in the industry because of my...

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+34Caught interviewing and asked to leave

Anonymous Monkey

Hey everyone, My interviewer met up with my boss at a networking event and long story short the interviewer revealed I was interviewing at his firm. My firm is likely to ask me to leave as they are very unhappy about it. Just wondering, how do you guys go about your job search to protect...

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+33The 24 Interview Lessons I Learned on the Way to Getting My First Full Time Job

canarydwarf

Hello all, I was suddenly grabbed by an idea to write down the lessons I learned from the ten interviews across seven different positions and 6 different companies I attended in the past 2.5 months on the road to my first job out of university. I started brainstorming in rough chronological...

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+32You're not polished enough

mmmm123

I made all the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/tag/superday">way to superday</a></span> at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB"><abbr title="bulge...

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+31Approaching 30 and lost

maddy.ap

I am turning 30 this month and looking back now I realize how little of my goals I have achieved (professionally and personally) I make around $150k a year, hardly enough to make a decent living in Manhattan. Not in <abbr title="investment banking division">IBD</abbr>...

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+31Need to Brush up on your Accounting Skills?

Mr. Manager

Some of you may have heard that Harvard Business School does not teach introductory accounting classes anymore. One of the reasons is that they use an online accounting software from a BYU professor, who is now providing his course for free. Has some pretty good exposure and some top...

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+30Worst Interview experience?

Bert_Breakfast

Bombed an interview. Want to read stories to make myself laugh/fee better

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+29AMA: Big Four Valuation Associate - Deciding Whether This Job Is Right For You

SeekingAlpha180

<em>Mod Note (Andy) - This AMA was originally posted last year but @SeekingAlpha180" said he can still take questions from you (+new questions about his transition) </em> <strong>3/7/16 update: </strong><abbr title="Wall Street...

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+28Shitty Networking 101

Fear The Bulge

Welcome to the school of shitty networking. There will be future courses, but here's an intro. I receive messages on nearly every social media platform (even Tinder) from people trying to get a job. Some are fine, and I just ignore them. Some are spineless, or insane, or so terribly...

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+28AMA: From non-target to BB S&T internship to jobless after graduation to HF to unemployed...but happy.

Darth-Trader

I am using a throw-away account for this post. I have been meaning to do a post to tell my story for a couple of years now, and finally am following through with it. It is my hope that fellow students and analysts will gain some insight and perspective from my...

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+26Deaf Looking to Break In

ParkAveCapital

<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #15 and was originally posted 11/1/2015.</em> Hey everyone! I have been following this site and enjoyed contents from different kind of people. Since my experience is unique, I decided to post...

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+26Some Red Flags During an Interview?

GingerGuy

What are some factors that we should look out for while interviewing, that would either * automatically ding us OR * We should watch out for from the company's side

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+25What's the hardest interview question you were ever asked?

David Aames

<em>Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 6/4/12.<em> <em><strong>Andy note:</strong> some of the quotes below were published on CNBC / Yahoo awhile back: <a...

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+252016 Full-time IB Recruiting Timeline Megathread

23mishima

It's that time of year again, folks. Time to polish those resumes, fire up the LinkedIn and <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis ">WSO</abbr> search functions, and bug the hell out of the career advisers at your schools. It's recruiting time! We are all looking for...

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+25More classics from resumes/cover letters

Mis Ind

We're digging through resumes for summer analysts again. Thought everyone might enjoy or benefit from a few of the real gems (all emphasis mine): "Objective: To obtain an internship in the field of financial services to utilize my VAST analytical and quantitative...

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+25GS Veteran Integration Program (VIP) 2018

hummed46

I'd like to start the 2018 Veteran Integration Program thread this year. I'll be applying as soon as the application opens...Last year it was mid-October. Who else is applying this year? In past years the application entailed an online resume screen, followed by a Hirevue...

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+25Is my start to new job normal? Paid to do nothing

Chargerz34

Hello, I started a new job as a first year analyst at a small investment firm out on the west coast. During my first few days, I learned there is no formal training program here and it is basically learn as you go where I would be pulled into various projects to help out. However, I am now 4...

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+24AMA: Non-Target --> BB BO --> BB ECM

MichaelBurry

What's going on everybody, The <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> community has helped me out tremendously over the past few years, so I've decided that it's time to give back. Recently accepted an offer from a non-<span...

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+24INTRODUCING: The WSO Applicant Database. Take 5 minutes on WSO to Reach Hundreds of Finance Recruiters and Finance Companies

WallStreetOasis.com

Given that we have built up relationships with hundreds of companies and finance recruiters, we thought instead of just a simple job board (which you can find <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-jobs">right here</a>), we would also create a <abbr title="Wall...

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+24I hate the living sh*t out of my job as a current salesman. I hate sales with a burning passion. I need out. Please help.

donquixote2929

Hi everyone. I currently work for a top tech company (think IBM/Salesforce/Oracle/CISCO) selling SaaS and high-tech enterprise software. My base salary is $60k and last year, I made around $100k before taxes with commission. I'm 26 years old, and have been working in sales for 1.5 years. My...

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+242019 Summer Analyst - Morgan Stanley Hirevue

A-Jns22

Did anyone get the 2019 <abbr title="summer analyst intern">SA</abbr> MS HireVues yet? I just got it today. Could someone explain the process further, and give me some tips? (I am a rising sophomore so this is my first interview) Also, was getting the HireVue a selective...

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+24Answers to "why should we hire you?" question

gms96

Hey guys, In a few interviews I've been asked "why should we hire you?" or "what distinguishes you from the other applicants?" They're tough questions but also pretty fair since they're getting at what's really the point of the interview to begin with....

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+23Makena Capital

callibsunite

For all interested in Investment Analyst internship at Makena Capital Management in Menlo Park... <h3>Interview Process:</h3> In California: (1) 45 minute interview on-campus with two interviewers and questions are simple like walk me through your resume, <span...

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+23Done123123

Banananker

Sorry had to take this away.

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+22Any tips for cold walk ins

freemarketswork

I plan on driving to chicago from a city roughly 5 hours away. The goal is to cold walk in at as many investment banks as I can. Does anyone have experience doing this? Any tips? Keep in mind I have absolutely no warm leads. I plan on going in and asking for a hiring manager or MD depending on...

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+22Goldman Sachs Veterans Integration Program (VIP) 2017

Karn231

Hello all! I didn't see any one mentioning the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/goldman-sachs" target="_blank">Goldman Sachs</a></span> VIP 2017 yet so I will do the honor and start a thread for it. From my understanding,...

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+22RESCINDED FT Analyst Offer

tomsmith23

I recently received an offer from a bank for a <abbr title="full time">FT</abbr> Analyst role, I accepted the offer both verbally over the phone and via email. A few days after accepting the offer (before progressing to sign the contract), I was called in for a...

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+21Goldman Sachs Video Interview

gdang123

Myself, and a few people I know of were invited to do the 15min video interviewers for Goldman Sach's IBD summer internship. However, I believe they are not interviews, but rather you recording answers. Anybody have any experience with this/know what they ask? <h3>GS HireVue Online...

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+21Common Pitfalls of Early Analyst Life & Unemployment

M- Weintraub

<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #21 and was originally posted 5/1/2015.</em> I wanted to share some insight on what it’s like having been through a few things after graduating from college. For reference, I graduated from...

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