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Polish, Poise, Preparing for InterviewsYou've worked on your cover letter, getting it down to the exact character length, every bullet point on your resume is perfect, you finally land the interview of your DREAM JOB! But, to get the gig, you got to act like you are already in this role and you do this all day every day... So, WSO crew,...
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Good Responses to Biggest Weakness QuestionsI know that this is a common question. I just wanted to see everybody's opinion on what are good responses and what aren't. One of the answers that I have used before was that my weakness is my passion because I can become overly passionate about what I am doing, like pitching a certain stock, which...
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AXA **NOT FA** Role?Did some searching and couldn't find anything on what I was looking for specifically. I'm familiar with the fact that FA roles at AXA Advisors is pretty much sales, but I'm curious as to if anyone has some information on non FA roles, such as an analyst position within their headquarters. ...
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Canada PE/HF Exit OppsHi everyone, First post on this forum. Asking fellow Canadians or anyone with insights as to the top PE/HF opportunities in Canada for IBD analysts. Studied in the US but was originally from Canada. Working currently at a BB in a good group in NYC but I want to go back home to be with my family. Fr...
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PWP LA or BB regional office? Need advice!!Hello guys, first time posting but need some help. Got an offer to lateral into PWP LA (opening new office out there) or do I stay at a BB firm. At a regional office for the BB firm. Have family and personal ties to LA/West Coast but don't want to sacrifice career for it. Let me know what your tho...
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To the victims of high-paying shitty jobsHi All, I came across this article titled "To the victims of high-paying shitty jobs" : www.loner22. com/2018/04/05/high-paying-shitty-jobs/ (remove space before ".com") I think it's very relevant to the WSO community, so I figured I'd share it. It puts things into perspective well....
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Looking to make transition from financial regulation to investment bankingI haven't seen much on various forums regarding this topic, but I just wanted to see if anyone had personal experience or advice relating to this. I work for a federal regulatory agency and currently working on an MBA (4.0 GPA) from a well-known SEC school, but not necessarily a "target school". I...
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Which Undergrad College is Best for me?Hello: I'm a high school senior and am trying to decide between UChicago and Columbia University (Columbia College). At UChicago I'm thinking of majoring in Business Econ (which is a new major they are offering starting in the fall), and at Columbia I am thinking of financial economics. But I thoug...
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Rising Sophomores (Current Freshman) Looking For AdviceSince the recruiting for a lot of the finance positions has been pushed up, what should current freshmen be doing in order to prepare for Summer 2019? Should we start applying to BB's/other jobs already, and are any sophomore-specific IB positions open for applications? I am at a Target and am a di...
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Can A Company Prevent You From Reneging?Hey guys, Title says it all. I'm planning on reneging the summer 2018 offer I signed with a non finance company, so I can accept an offer I got from an AM company. I'm wondering if when I call them up telling them I cannot do the internship, they can say "Sorry you signed a contract, you have to...
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ER Case InterviewHello, I have a 90 minute interview coming up for ER and all the information I have is that it will be a case / writing assignment. Based on my research, most case studies for ER involve updating a model and the note after that but I don't think 90 minutes is enough time for that. Does anyone hav...
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PWN internship not BBReally close to summer and no matter what I have tried the BB PWMs in my area are not interested in a freshman. I was able to get unpaid offers at smaller PWMs and was wondering, Should I work at the non BB PWM (this site puts such an emphasis on BB) or just be a lifeguard this summer?...
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Career Advice - Student Hi everybody, So I've been a lurker on WSO for some time and you guys have helped a lot with understanding the route to a finance/capital markets career. I thought maybe this would be a good place to ask for advice in terms of the predicament I am in. So I have finished a diploma program in Bu...
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What are my chances of getting in to Front Office IB?Hello, I am an international candidate and I will be joining Baruch MSF program Fall 2016. I am engineer + 2 years of work experience at a boutique portfolio management firm. I am aware that I need to network a lot and I am prepared for it. Would like to get some insights on how should I plan o...
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RM to Analyst at bankIs it possible to be a risk management major but become an analyst for an IB after I graduate from school? ...
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Equity Research vs Equity Capital Markets Hours I would just like to know the hours equity capital markets compare to equity research. I know you won't normally work weekends in equity research. Do you work weekends often in Equity capital markets? Working 12 hours days would not bother me as long as I'm getting 8-9 hours of sleep. Thank you for ...
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Will interviewer know that you are pretentious when you try to sound smart? But you are not...A lot of people are naturally smart. A lot of people are not that smart but they try to sound smart. Will the job recruiter instantly know that you are just a pretentious person trying to sound smart?...
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Which non target undergrad should I choose?I'm interested in IB/consulting, and I'm wondering which of these schools are best for either of those two. All my results (besides waitlist) came out. Prob will major in finance/econ and minor in CS. URochester - The more prestigious one in the 30-50 range for top schools in the US. It seems to ha...
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What's the best way for a foreigner to work at a US HF?Hi everyone! I have just created an account in hopes that I find someone who can answer a few questions for me. I'd like to explain my current situation and what my goal is, as well as what I have planned to do to reach my goal. Maybe someone can give me advise, wether or not I am on the right way...
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JPMorgan Chase Freshman ExperienceHas anyone heard if they have been accepted to the JPMorgan Chase Freshman Experience Program yet? I did the video interview last week and haven't heard anything yet....
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Should I transfer from Brown to UPenn Wharton?I'll be starting undergrad at Brown and I've already been considering transferring to Wharton after freshman year, even though freshman year hasn't started yet. Would that be wise, or no? Since the end of application season in the fall, where I regrettably didn't apply to Wharton, I've given it a lo...
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BlackRock Sales Experience???Looking to see if anyone works for or has worked for BlackRock as either an internal or external? Just looking to see if the experience has been positive. Thanks!...
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Chicago Job market ( Advice on breaking in) Hello, To anyone who lives or is familiar with the Chicago market - your input will be much appreciated. I am looking for the best way to get a finance job in Chicago. Quick background about me: I am currently In a Corporate Development Finance rotation program for one of the big three in Detr...
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Give up medicine for ibanking? (Undergrad at Northwestern BS MD)Hello, I humbly ask for *any advice* from anyone who's the least bit knowledgeable or qualified with either subject at hand. I'm a high school senior matriculating into Northwestern University's accelerated medicine program. The program gets me through undergrad in 3 years and then a **direct accep...
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Middle Business FP&A to F500 FP&A?Hello, I've worked towards and finally obtained a Financial Analyst job with a medium sized company (>$1,000,000,000 in revenue). I work at an operations site with the following responsibilities: *Organize/responsible for two Budget/Operating plans (one >$100 million in revenue on site and anothe...
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When Cold Calls Go BadHey WSO, I am curious to hear about your worst cold-calls that you have made during your earlier years. Last week I called an alumni that I had connected with through Linkedin after only having emailed her once (mistake one), through the corporate directory (mistake two), only to stumble over my u...
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Big 4 Valuation Associate vs Investment Consulting Analyst - Which is better regarded, exit options? Hello, Currently, looking at these two opportunities for my first job after undergraduate, I think they're both wonderful opportunities and was hoping you could help me decide. I see finance as a long-term career and want to choose the job that will prepare me the best. The institutional investme...
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Fortune 50 vs boutique PE/IB Hi guys, I'm a junior finance major at a top undergrad business school and I've accepted an offer to work at a fortune 50 company in their finance division. Most of the people I've talked to say it's a good job and that I should do the internship. I'm still currently looking for opportunities at ban...
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Will Looking Middle Eastern / Mediterranean & Having A Non-Western Name Ruin Job Prospects? The title asks it all. I know it sounds stupid, but I'm honestly curious. My name is Arda. I'm originally from Turkey / Cyprus. I look like a typical Mediterranean guy with black hair, tanned skin (I'm caucasian on paper, but according to most people I'm sorta in between being white and brown), sho...
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Will I Be Able to Land Interviews?So I am a sophomore at Cornell University and I have an extremely strong GPA in CAS econ (one of the highest in the class) and I am interested in IB. I have decent EC's and am extremely social but I have yet to attend a info session for a company and have emailed a few analyst. I am honestly lost ...
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CPA struggling to break into CRE - please help!CPA looking for your collective expertise! Apologize for the length of this - trying my best to keep it as brief as possible while providing all pertinent details. I'm an UGA grad with 3.7 gpa in Int'l Business and Finance emphasis (essentially, a finance degree with a language requirement and some ...
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FP&A, M&A, and AM -> What's next?Hi everyone, I'm currently a rising junior at a semi-target. I've had a good amount of work experience in the last year. Last summer, I interned in the FP&A unit at a large non-profit; and right now, I'm interning at a large healthcare firm doing in-house M&A advisory (property and facility acquisi...
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Anyone ever went to a job interview where the recruiter had already made up their mind beforehand to reject you? And time wastedAnyone ever went to a job interview where the recruiter said "We are looking for someone with more experience." or "We have other more closely qualified candidates than you." and get rejected? If so, you ever think "WHY THE FUCK DID YOU CALL ME TO COME ALL THIS WAY FOR AN INTERVIEW JUST TO TELL ME ...
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Real Estate Investment Banking Interview helphi. i have an upcoming investment banking interview with a MM real estate bank. i was wondering how best to prepare. i couldn't really find any material on real estate DCFs on the internet. should i be prepared for standard finance/technical questions or anything unusual geared toward real estate? w...
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Can you survive on Wall Street by being mediocre?A lot of people are plainly just "average". They do what they are told to do and go about their day. Can someone who is considered a "average Joe" survive on wall street in the long term?...
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Anyone filled out an Applicant Profile on WSO, and actually got connected to recruiters/companies?Just wondering if anyone has (positive/negative) experience with using the Applicant Profile here on WSO....
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When do you apply for summer internships for the summer after sophomore year? Hi all, I'm a freshman at a top 10 liberal arts college (not Williams or Amherst so pretty much a nontarget) , 3.9 GPA and want to go into IB then exit into PE or VC. I'm interning at a f500 company doing predictive analytics this summer. My plan was to do predictive analytics internship(freshma...
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Should I sell my soul to the devil to go to college?Hey guys! I am a high school senior looking to go to college next year, majoring in Finance, and hopefully, end up in Investment Banking. UW Madison is a decent school for this, and it’s at the top of my list. I visited the school and love it, and I’m certain it would be a good fit for me. Howe...
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Low GPA, trying to get my foot in the door. What do I do?Im a sophomore at one of the less-prestigious NESCAC schools, one which seems to pride itself on its alumni network on Wall Street, although I'm not sure how much truth there is to that. Anyway, I've got a 2.667 GPA so far, due mostly to a small number of really bad grades, thinking I'll probably ma...
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Looking for a finance role in Philadelphia with less than a years experienceSo a long story short, I graduated last may (2017) from a non-target but solid business school. I took a job in NYC near where I grew up on Long Island. However, the job is a back office operations role at a major asset management firm. I unfortunately am not crazy about the role as It involves more...
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Undergrad: WashU vs IU Kelley vs UVA vs UNC Chapel HillHello, I am a senior in high school who is just finishing the college admission process. So far the schools that I have been accepted to and are still considering are in the title. I still have to find out about UC Berkeley and UMichigan Ross in the next few days. I have also been waitlisted at NYU...
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Would a famous Hollywood star or celebrity singer have trouble getting a job at Wall Street in high-finance?These people are already exposed to people-facing roles, "acting" professional, working on multi-million dollar contracts and working well with others. They also show excellent confidence and charisma. Can you picture people like Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise or Justin Timberlake having trouble landing a ...
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Trafigura Background checkHow thorough is their back ground check, if it exists ? On my Linked-In profile, it says that I did a 4 months long internship when in reality it was only 2 and now they called me to apply to the international trader program. I really didn't mean to lie on my profile, even though it looks like I di...
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Contacted by TrafiguraHi, I've been contacted by Trafigura for their graduate program 2018. They told me to apply and that I will be shortlisted directly. Has anyone been through the process this way ?...
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Late to the networking gameHi everyone, So I am lucky enough to go to a Target school, and on paper my resume is pretty good. I've know my technicals pretty well, and I've had experiences that clearly demonstrate my interest in Investment Banking. I am a sophomore and recruiting for 2019 SA positions, and I realized I have n...
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Thank You WSO! Accepted internship at Regional Boutique I discovered WSO about 4 months ago when I began to search for a summer internship. I knew I had missed the recruiting season for traditional investment banks/m&a internships, but I was determined to find an internship in finance that would challenge me and let me learn as much as possible. I found...
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Going from a West Coast target school to landing an East Coast job?So the title has most of it. I'm at a west coast target but I've always wanted to work an east coast job. If anybody has made the transition themselves any advice would be appreciated. I know most people are just going to tell me to network, but anything else? ...
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Which to choose, MM bank FI or Oliver Wyman FS (both not US)Hi I was wondering if I can get some advice on which to choose, a MM bank fi or OW fs. The MM is one of the best in the category and oliver wyman is probably going to be fs (i would prefer the corporate finance and advisory specifically). To give some context, I initially was aiming for investment b...
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Last Minute Finance InternshipsIt's almost May and have no leads on any internships. Does anyone know what one can do at this point? I have no finance background but need something for the summer. Anything finance-related that I can put on my resume. ...
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Interning at Merrill EdgeHey everyone, I accepted an offer to intern at Merrill Edge. I' m worried this is going to set me onto a strict track to financial advising. I know financial advising can be salesy. I'm hoping that taking this position will get my foot in the door to get into other positions in Bank of America. I'm...
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2019 SA recruiting Random question, but since 2019 SA recruiting has already started and no one started there 2018 internships yet do you still put the 2018 internship on your resume?...
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Powerful Network - Unsure What to Ask, IB vs ERI'm facing a dilemma on whether I should ask my network to put me in touch with someone for investment banking or equity research. I recently, through serendipity, was able to intern for a year at a very respectable and prominent investment firm in its sector (L/S HF + PE, ~$10B AUM). Think like Or...
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Will a dismissed shoplifting charge ruin my future?I'm going into my Junior year right now with a 3.7 and strong passion for investing. However, three months into being 18 I went to my unis mini market and was buying some food and a protein bar. I bought everything, but had my protein bar on counter that evidently didn't get rung up according to the...
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Background check - Arrest 18 years agoHello guys, so I've been offered a role as a lateral hire at a BB bank in their operations division in NY, as part of background check I'm being asked to provide my criminal history, 18 years ago I stole a granola bar and was arrested for shoplifting, and I agreed to plead guilty with the understand...
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Question about traveling to new york for interview (parking)Hi I have an interview coming up in Midtown. The firm isn't paying for travel. I'm located in Pittsburgh. I can take an amtrak for $79 each way or drive. What would you recommend? If I drive is it better to stay in the city or outside in hoboken/jersey and take the train in? Thanks!...
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Ideas for improving your coffee chat conversion rate**Quick Background**: I am a mid-career professional, strong background in working in a lot of industries *outside* of banking/finance. I have been a long time member of WSO (burner account) just because it's a fun board with some smart people. But all of that background dovetailed when I signed on ...
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Need life and job advice - breaking in to financial services/ tradingHi, I am wonder if anyone here who have experiences in the financial service sector give me some advice if the career path is feasible or logical. Sorry if my English isn't perfect, as sometimes I find it hard to express myself in word. About myself I am currently approach 30 soon, I am an introver...
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Networking with other Non-Targets Email Header?I am from a Non-Target in the Midwest that is not a large state school, but still pretty well known in STEM disciplines. I have been talking with the few alumni that are present in Investment Banking, and they have been very helpful so far. However, I have also networked with people other than alumn...
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Last Minute Internship Advice?Hello all - I believe this is the correct place to post this, but if not please direct me elsewhere. I am currently a junior in Boston with no relevant finance experience under my belt. I have three offers for internships that I need to make a decision on by tomorrow. Without any experience to go o...
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No reply after second roundI've been in the interview process for a VC (informal process, got through with cold emailing) and was supposed to hear back by the end of last week. I know it's been Easter weekend and everything, and I followed up yesterday when it was a week from the second round, but haven't heard a single thing...
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Question on how to respond to a referralHi all, I hope that you are doing well. I was lucky enough to connect with an alum of my school who is an MD at a BB. He was very nice and after I emailed him, he referred me to multiple people, one of whom already contacted me. I'm a complete neophyte to this (no finance background but interest)...
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Work experienceI am a finance junior in a non target school. I still didn’t get an internship for this summer. I am looking for any type of related internship so that I can get my important internship next summer. I am interested in investment banking but I still don’t have any related work experience. Does an...
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Reneging a full-time offer received through OCR?I'm a current senior undergraduate. I did a summer internship last year that I received through my college (through OCR) and received a return offer to join the company full-time (it's within retail, and the pay isn't super great and I wouldn't get a performance bonus for at least 3 years) - let's...
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SSE vs BI vs NHHGood afternoon, I'm getting my bachelor degree this year, and was admitted to some Master programmes: SSE (business and management), BI Norwegian Business School (Master of Science in Finance), NHH Norwegian School of Economics (Master of Economics and Business Administration with a possibility to ...
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New WSO Podcast Launched! Subscribe TodayHey WSO Community - we're super excited to (finally) announce the launch of the Wall Street Oasis Podcast!!! The Wall Street Oasis podcast offers the same trusted content you love from the site with even deeper access to the most interesting people in the world of finance. Talking with people from ...
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Chardan Capital Markets Summer AnalystDoes anyone know anything about chardan capital markets / anyone intern there. There was a post about it almost 10 years ago but no real info there. Hope someone can help. ...
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Chardan Capital Markets: internship or FT position?Whats the deal with them? Worth doing an internship or working FT there?...
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How long to wait before following upHey guys. I had an initial phone screen with HR Last Wednesday. In the call, she told me that I had moved on to the next round and told me about the process. I haven’t heard back anything yet. When should I follow up?...
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Chicago Off-Cycle Internships 2018Hey guys, I noticed there were some threads regarding off-cycle internships a few years ago but none of them received much attention. I'm a transfer student so I missed the application deadlines for 2018 internships. I was wondering if anyone knew of some companies who offer off-cycle internships ...
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Leaving a current internship for a better offer How should you approach the situation where you have a current internship in Wealth Management but get an IB Offer? I am a sophomore and have an internship at MS in Wealth Management, but I am entering my business school this summer as a Junior Transfer (non Target to Target), and we do accelerated ...
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Want to help a Super Day interviewer?I was just informed that in 2 weeks I will be the designated Super Day interviewer for my team and interview summer analysts. The Super Day is for my department as a whole and I’ll represent my track. So what are some of the memorable Super Day interviews you’ve had? What made you feel welcome...
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NYC Networking Day Trip: Thoughts?I'm a sophomore (non-target) currently going through the application/interview process for 2019 summer. I have heard suggestions from a couple of current junior analysts with whom I've spoken that they took a day trip to NYC solely for networking. I wanted to get some insight from current Analysts/...
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Corporate Banking Analyst Salary Outside of London- What Should I Expect?I am returning from working as a graduate abroad and expecting an offer in the UK for the role of an Analyst supporting a Corporate Banker in a Tier 2 bank, the role is based in the Midlands. What salary can I expect? I had expected a minimum of around 30K as I have just over one years worth of ex...
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Problem landing interviews through the regular recruiting channelsGood afternoon, I am currently employed as an analyst in a boutique S&T firm in Scandinavia. This is my first job after handing in my MSc dissertation this fall at a semi-target UK school (Warwick/Imperial). However, I am already seeing first hand how people are being laid off and how the industry ...
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Filipino trying to break in SG/HK adviceHi everyone, Quick background about myself- Academics - Double degree at a top 3 university in the Philippines - Management & Economics Internships - IBD at a top local bank in the Philippines, S&T in a BB, looking for one more IBD internship before I graduate Will try to join competitions in my...
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How should I balance comp sci with finance/econ?I'm thinking of doing a econ/finance and CS double major at a non target school (currently a high school senior and still deciding school). Would if it be bad to split my internships and actives in college between the two? So one summer I might do work at a startup/personal projects and maybe anoth...
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A Math and Industrial Engineer's place in IBHello fellow monkeys, I am trying to get a bit of advice on what area is most fitting for a double major in Mathematics and Industrial Engineering in IB. I am going to say I don't love programming, but I do not hate it either. Essentially, I do not want programming to be a large part of my daily li...
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If you are the only single employee at a company you just started, can you claim yourself to be the President/CEO?If you opened up a small business in your neighborhood. Can you name yourself "President/CEO of Company XXX". And put that on your resume? So if you apply to other jobs, you have an impressive job title. Will the interviewer go like "WOW, you were the President/CEO of a company?"...
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Why Prestige Really MattersSo, 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 people take the f...
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Morgan Stanley Office of Business Management Analyst interviewHello everyone, I have an interview coming up in a week for an Analyst position within the Office of Business Management with Morgan Stanley. I'm coming from a non-target university with a bachelor in Business MGT, and an MBA with a dual concentration in Risk Management and Investment Analysis, wi...
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Fresher looking for M&A jobsI am an MBA student graduating in May 2018 and looking to transition from IT industry as a software engineer to begin my career in Finance. My particular area of interest is Valuations and M&A and am open to relocating anywhere as long as the job is challenging. I am currently feeling lost as most o...
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Integrated Travel into Financial CareerHello everyone, I'm going to be graduating in a year with a Bachelors in Investment Analysis and Real Estate Analysis from Colorado State University. Apparently, the business school there is ranked in the top 10% but I know its not the most prestigious school. I'm trying to plan what career I want t...
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Location is a challenge For lots of reasons, I need to be in San Diego after college. I'll have finished my BS in finance. My goal is investment or asset management. I want to put myself in a position to be attuned at extremely thorough research and possibly move to hedge funds some day. I should have 2 internships un...
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Salary estimates for GS position?Salary estimates, anyone? Global Investment Research, Asia Economist, Analyst - Hong Kong / Singapore I've heard that 1. For Macro and Equity research, the Analyst position is the more senior position relative to Associate 2. Since the macro research is not a revenue generating department, the sa...
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How Many Interviews Is Too Many?Interviewing with a large asset manager in the NYC area for an internal wholesaler role. I have been through four separate interviews, all were virtual. I conducted a presentation and met with more senior level managers in the first couple rounds. What threw me for a loop is in my past experience th...
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What do recruiters think about double majors specifically econ with math or engineering.So in some of the universities I've been accepted to I was offered to do a double major in econ and math at UCLA. Or I can go to Claremont Mckenna and then Harvey Mudd and get a dual degree in econ and engineering. I want your opinions on which one of these will employers like the most and from thos...
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Headhunter asking if I'm in any other interview processesWhy do they do this? When I had a first round interview with client X that they set me up with, they asked me, and I wasn't in any other interview processes at the time. Now I just had interview round 2 with client X, and since I last emailed the HH I have gone through 2 rounds with another firm (in...
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Chief of staff/executive assistant to the CEO?Hello, I've been noticing a trend where people take on a role that's referred to as the "Chief of Staff" or the "Special/Executive Assistant to the CEO" (different than a secretary), either pre-MBA, during the MBA internship or 1-3 years after an MBA. One guy I know is the Chief of Staff to one of...
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Getting job after 2-3 years unemployedBackground: I've been working for 6+ years (4 in IBD, 2+ at a HF). I enjoy my job, and am committed to being successful in the industry (PM) in the long term. But in the back of my mind, I've always thought about quitting and traveling for 2-3 years before I settle down (family/kids etc). For obvi...
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What's Your Coffee Chat Conversion Rate?Fellow student monkeys, For those of you who have gone through the recruiting process or are currently going through it - what is your coffee chat conversion rate? How many people that you meet end up pushing your resume or being a referral for you? I've seen numbers for cold emails vary from 1/10...
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Frustrated, Desperate Sophomore Looking for Last-Minute Internship - Advice Please? 389 internships. I've applied to 389 internships, and have a whopping success rate of 0/389. I'm a sophomore at a target with a decent GPA and average work experience (wealth management), but I just can't seem to get any offers for internships this summer in IB or PE. I've had a ton of interviews,...
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Quicken Loans Mortgage Banker InternshipHello all, I am currently a sophomore at a non-target and I am looking to get into investment banking at a BB or MM after college. I have a high GPA (>3.8) and I currently have no internship locked for this summer and no relevant work experience but I can get a mortgage banker internship at Quicken ...
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Some help and advice pleasePink unicorns are pink and blue unicorns are yellow, what color is the green unicorn? Wednesday is Tuesday. ...
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Should I study for the MFE program or go for MBA a few years after work?Hi Guys. I am Eric Choi, from one of the top 3 university in HK. I have an offer for a full-time equity research analyst from a leading Chinese security firm and also another offer from Cornell MFE. My bachelor study was quantitative finance, which is the minimum level of the quantitative skills req...
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College Dropout but Family Office Analyst - some advice?.......................................................................................................
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