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...
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...
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...
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>...
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...
[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...
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...
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"...
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...
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>...
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...
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?...
<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...
<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...
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...
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....
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
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...
<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...
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...
<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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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>...
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...
Bombed an interview. Want to read stories to make myself laugh/fee better
<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...
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...
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...
<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...
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
<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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
Sorry had to take this away.
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...
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,...
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...
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...
<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...