Funny Interview Stories

Andy note: Best of WSO - this post originally went up December 2009 and we thought it deserved to go back on the homepage for those who may have never seen it.

So I just was in an interview for a student run Venture Capital fund. He asked what I would invest in, stocks or gold. If stocks what aspect. I went blank and just start bumbling. I ended up saying I am bullish and I would go with energy (because I just finished an internship in that sector and it was the one I knew the best.)

Anyone got any good screw up stories? Just want to make sure I am not alone.

Comments (138)

Dec 17, 2009 - 3:06pm
hungry, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I was fool enough to ask an MD if he would rather be doing anything else than IB. He said "Are fucking serious?! If it weren't for the money I'd rather be strung out and drunk on an island in SE Asia"

Dec 17, 2009 - 5:22pm
awp, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I had an interview for an ER internship in Europe.

I was not prepared at all as I was actually called there in the last minute because somebody else was not able to make his appointment.

I was asked to recommend a stock. I had no idea what to do. I was panicking and just said the name of the first company that came to my mind. This company however was not listed (one of the biggest private companies in that country) and went into insolvency one week before (which was major news in this particular country and on every newspaper due to the massive layoffs).

I have never felt so stupid. I realized my mistake when I arrived home and wanted to check the performance of the stock i recommended. He didnt say a word and kept just looking all serious at me asking questions like: where do you see growth potential? What markets? etc. horrible.

Dec 18, 2009 - 3:45pm
Boutique Banking, what's your opinion? Comment below:
awp:
I had an interview for an ER internship in Europe.

I was not prepared at all as I was actually called there in the last minute because somebody else was not able to make his appointment.

I was asked to recommend a stock. I had no idea what to do. I was panicking and just said the name of the first company that came to my mind. This company however was not listed (one of the biggest private companies in that country) and went into insolvency one week before (which was major news in this particular country and on every newspaper due to the massive layoffs).

I have never felt so stupid. I realized my mistake when I arrived home and wanted to check the performance of the stock i recommended. He didnt say a word and kept just looking all serious at me asking questions like: where do you see growth potential? What markets? etc. horrible.

The sad thing is that the guy probably didn't know either, unless the company was in his sector.

Dec 17, 2009 - 5:40pm
Ruby Rhod, what's your opinion? Comment below:

^^ hilarious.

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Dec 17, 2009 - 5:43pm
WallStreetOasis.com, what's your opinion? Comment below:

not as funny as some of the stories above but this reminds me of my first interview for a consulting internship as a junior in college (decided it would be good practice for IBD, get my story down and might be a good backup if i was actually able to pull it off). So while every other student was studying all of the frameworks and cases, I was just ready to bull shit my way through...this is back when I was 21 and had no real clue was IBD or consulting actually was.

So you can imagine when they started asking me these case questions like, "how many ping pong balls would it take to fill up a 747?" i was like wtf and thought it was hilarious. At first I kept asking questions like there must be more info. here because how could anybody guess that number...but they wouldnt budge and eventually I caught on (after 5-10 painful minutes) that they wanted me to pull it all out of my ass.

I proceeded to pull as much geometry bullshit and the most asinine assumptions from nowhere. the real funny part is I thought I would get credit for looking "genuine" / not overly rehearsed.

nope. ding.

Dec 17, 2009 - 6:05pm
she_monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I was interviewing with a big asset management company. It said "entry level, trading" on the post on our OCR website. The company posted separately for this interview and its ER associate interview. so I figured it must be for its buy-side trading arm. I went on and on the whole interview about how trading on the buy side is so much more fulfilling and just basically why it's great(er than sell side s&t). Interviewer nodded.

Then at the very end she told me that this was actually for the sell-side division (huh? it exists?), and recommended that I check their website (which was a different link from the one listed for the ER interview..) after the interview.

Oops.

(Strangely I did get past that round though...)

Dec 17, 2009 - 7:21pm
Aces High, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I was interviewing last year in Philadelphia for an investment management summer analyst gig. There were two other students from my school and two others from Stanford in the waiting room. One of the Stanford candidates was called in and she stood up and walked over to the interviewer to shake his hand. She said, "excuse me one moment" and walks over to the corner and throws up. She was just really nervous and they eventually had to call an ambulance (office policy?).

Dec 17, 2009 - 7:29pm
SirBikealot, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I was interviewing for this crappy boutique and in classic crappy boutique style they sent two of the frattiest guys ever to interview me. We started talking sports and stuff like that. Somehow we got on the subject of Vegas and they were telling me about how I have to go before I start a FT job. I mentioned that I hadn't gotten a chance to go because I had never had enough money to "make it interesting" - I believe was the phrase I used. What I meant was that if I were to go to Vegas and have a bad run at the craps table, my entire trip would be over. I want to have money to do whatever I want in Vegas without worrying about the repercussions. One of the interviewers replied "Well, if you want to have sex with some nasty girl, all you have to do is go prowling around circus circus after midnight." I didn't understand how that was related to the conversation, but didn't want to make it awkward. I just laughed and shrugged it off. A few hours later I realized that he thought I was saying that I hadn't gone to Vegas yet because I hadn't been able to save up enough money for a hooker.

ding. knowing these guys, this probably wasn't the reason though

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Dec 18, 2009 - 2:28am
eresearcher, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Was finishing an interview, waiting for an elevator in the bay. A guy looks at me and says, "Who are you?" I tell him my name. He says, "No, who are you and what are you doing here." Told him I was interviewing. Silence. I ask, "And what do you do for the firm?" He says, "I'm the CFO. Its ok. Relax."

Dec 18, 2009 - 1:58pm
Ballyman, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My first interview with MS soph year was horrible since I didn't know what investment banking really was, and of course right after walking through the resume he asked me "what is investment banking" and I babbled for 5 minutes about how there are certain investments that might be made and how it requires money obviously, etc. The bad thing is, the guy just nodded sternly so it made me continue my obnoxiously ignorant rant.

After that I did a lot of research and landed at a BB, but I will never forget being so clueless in an interview.

Dec 18, 2009 - 4:50pm
jerome123, what's your opinion? Comment below:

These are hysterica. Keep 'em coming.

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Dec 18, 2009 - 7:16pm
Banker88, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Went to interview with an elite boutique which was held in a hotel room. I didn't realize until I actually walked in that it was just a room (was expecting a conference room or something). I was 15 minutes early and asked to use the bathroom. I took a shit while the VP just waited in the hotel room for me to come out and start the interview. Good times.

Dec 19, 2009 - 1:32am
monty09, what's your opinion? Comment below:
banker88:
Went to interview with an elite boutique which was held in a hotel room. I didn't realize until I actually walked in that it was just a room (was expecting a conference room or something). I was 15 minutes early and asked to use the bathroom. I took a shit while the VP just waited in the hotel room for me to come out and start the interview. Good times.

yeah i read that book too...

Dec 19, 2009 - 2:26am
Accidental Banker, what's your opinion? Comment below:
monty09:
banker88:
Went to interview with an elite boutique which was held in a hotel room. I didn't realize until I actually walked in that it was just a room (was expecting a conference room or something). I was 15 minutes early and asked to use the bathroom. I took a shit while the VP just waited in the hotel room for me to come out and start the interview. Good times.

yeah i read that book too...

which book is this from?

Dec 19, 2009 - 1:51pm
jerome123, what's your opinion? Comment below:
banker88:
Went to interview with an elite boutique which was held in a hotel room. I didn't realize until I actually walked in that it was just a room (was expecting a conference room or something). I was 15 minutes early and asked to use the bathroom. I took a shit while the VP just waited in the hotel room for me to come out and start the interview. Good times.

Did you get the job!!!!

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Aug 28, 2012 - 11:49am
KozzAndEffect, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Banker88:
Went to interview with an elite boutique which was held in a hotel room. I didn't realize until I actually walked in that it was just a room (was expecting a conference room or something). I was 15 minutes early and asked to use the bathroom. I took a shit while the VP just waited in the hotel room for me to come out and start the interview. Good times.

You should have rolled out of the bathroom and said, "That's what I do to the competition."

Dec 19, 2009 - 12:06pm
wsofan2009, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Depends on how long the shit lasted.

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Dec 20, 2009 - 9:10am
boutiquebank4life, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This is true, why would you badmouth firms to begin with? Even if its their main nemesis, it's common sense you stay positive and never talk negatively about another firm, especially not the firm ur interviewing with.

Dec 20, 2009 - 10:20am
Billy Ray Valentine, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Long time ago... first ever SA interview. I had no idea what IB was, never read a guide, not a clue. Phone interview with Merrill. First off, I was emailed by an alum who asked if I was available for an informal first round phone interview. I was psyched and ready to go. He calls me up, and there ends up being five people on the phone, all firing questions at me. I was completely flustered and bombed basically every question. I think the best one was probably when they asked me something like "how would you estimate the number of ipods sold to college students in the US last year" where they were obviously looking for me to break it down saying there are X number of colleges, Y students per college, 1/3 have ipods, blah blah blah...

I responded "I would call up Steve Jobs"

Needless to say, I didn't move one.

Dec 22, 2009 - 1:42pm
syncmaster, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Billy Ray Valentine:

I responded "I would call up Steve Jobs"

Needless to say, I didn't move one.

gold.

Dec 22, 2009 - 1:54pm
Boutique Banking, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When I was applying for SA's I would send out lots of resumes and cover letters. I would cntl+F and replace the name of the previous firm with that of the new firm I was applying. While I was interviewing the MD pulled out my cover letter and started reading it. After a few times of mentioning the name of his firm he said the name of a totally different firm! He didn't get mad, just said it was unprofessional.

I did not receive a call back.

Dec 23, 2009 - 1:20pm
ChemicalBank, what's your opinion? Comment below:

During an interview on campus, the interviewer was wearing my school's colors on his tie (i.e. not normal colors). I asked him if he went to my school (regional private school), he said 'no, i went to harvard'. It was a nice awkward moment. Later during the interview, he reached into his bag & pulled out oreos & started eating them. He also answered his phone and had a brief conversation with a colleague.....needless to say, I didnt get the job.

Another time when I was interviewing, the president of the Company gave me an office tour. We were in mid conversation and he was actually asking me questions as we approached the bathroom.....he went in and immediately asked me another question. I didn't know whether to wait outside the bathroom or go in....so being desperate for the job (not a BJ), I went in & answered his question while he was at the urinal. I ended up getting the job and worked there for a while.......I guess he appreciated the bathroom conversation.

Dec 23, 2009 - 2:05pm
SirBikealot, what's your opinion? Comment below:

^^ there was a thread discussing urinal etiquette. i think it's ok to continue a convo at the urinal. just don't start one. if i ever get to interview kids i'm definitely bringing some oreos.

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Dec 23, 2009 - 2:43pm
Blackacre22, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I was at a SuperDay for a boutique. All of the candidates and interviewers were in a large conference room eating lunch before the day got underway. The candidate (male) that was seated to the left of me had a gigantic ring on his finger. I looked at it closely and saw that it was a championship ring from Michigan State. Quickly ruling out that he might have been a member of the 2000 basketball team, I asked him what the ring was for. "Gymnastics" he told me. I don't know why this was so funny to me at the time but I immediately spit out all of my food and began laughing uncontrollably. Everyone in the room looked over and stared at me.

Didn't get the offer. Oh well....

Dec 29, 2009 - 6:45pm
BrownMan, what's your opinion? Comment below:
villagebanker:
At a superday for a BB I asked an interviewer how long he had been an associate. He responded that he was an MD.

Haha classic -

Somewhat unrelated but while attending a cousin's wedding in NYC (who used to be a banker in her previous life) - I came across someone from my firm (He was a MD in NY) while I am in London but we were in same sector team. I remembered being cc'd in on a number of emails during some cross-border projects so I started talking to him, telling him stuff about the London office.

10 mins later I asked him how long he had been a VP - only for him to reply he had been an MD for 4 years :)

Dec 23, 2009 - 6:47pm
1styearBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Reminds me of something similar I did at a superday. I had researched the people I would be meeting with beforehand but during an interview I mistook the guy for being in an industry group rather than a product group so when he asked me what group I liked I started talking about how much I wanted to be in an industry group, which was true, but I wouldn't have buttered it up so much if I remembered that he was in a product group.

Halfway through my spiel he started selling me on his product group and then I remembered that he was actually M&A when I was promoting industry the whole time. I quickly switched gears and started spouting B.S. about how I was open minded and all that. I got the offer but it was very nerve-wracking to mixup the groups and diss product groups in front of this guy.

Dec 24, 2009 - 7:59am
isic, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Had an IB interview and during our casual conversation, out of a sudden the recruiter asked me what was 96 X 96? (I guess she wanted to test how I handle pressure and stuffs?).. I'm guessing she wanted me to use my mental skills but I took out my hp and used the calculator instead and said 9216.

I remembered seeing her face and what she said next was.. no calculators allowed.. but hey, why bother using ur brain when they created calculator.. and I asked her that too, "if you were in my position, I am sure you would have used the calculator"

Dec 30, 2009 - 7:59pm
ShawnDU2009, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Had a similar question asked to me during an interview but it's actually pretty easy to figure out. Just take 96100 = 9600 and then just subtract 964 = 384. So 9600 - 384 = 9216. Hopefully that's right but ultimately that's what you do when you're asked a question such as that. Explain your thought process as well when you give the answer.

Dec 30, 2009 - 8:45pm
ShreddiesBrah, what's your opinion? Comment below:
ShawnDU2009:
Had a similar question asked to me during an interview but it's actually pretty easy to figure out. Just take 96100 = 9600 and then just subtract 964 = 384. So 9600 - 384 = 9216. Hopefully that's right but ultimately that's what you do when you're asked a question such as that. Explain your thought process as well when you give the answer.

Easiest way to do square mental maths questions is by using the formula x^2 = (x+a)(x-a) + a^2 and taking x+a or x-a to be the closest number that's a multiple of 10 so 96^2 = 100 x 92 + 16 = 9216

Could knock out any square mentally in about 3 seconds if you did that

Anyway, just remembered another one. Had an in-person informational interview with a top HF manager who let slip that he preferred to hire British analysts over Asian ones as "British analysts are more critical with investment ideas". I had a "wtf did he just say" look on my face for about 10 seconds, and realizing the implications of what he just said, he ended the interview shortly after. (I'm not Asian, but am an URM so I saw it as British analysts > all else)

Aug 28, 2012 - 4:35pm
Extensity, what's your opinion? Comment below:
isic:
Had an ib interview and during our casual conversation, out of a sudden the recruiter asked me what was 96 X 96? (I guess she wanted to test how I handle pressure and stuffs?).. I'm guessing she wanted me to use my mental skills but I took out my hp and used the calculator instead and said 9216.

I remembered seeing her face and what she said next was.. no calculators allowed.. but hey, why bother using ur brain when they created calculator.. and I asked her that too, "if you were in my position, I am sure you would have used the calculator"

96 x 96

96 - 100 = 4, 96 - 100 = 4

96 - 4 = 92

4 x 4 = 16

^Combine 92 and 16

96 x 96 = 9216

Dec 29, 2009 - 6:24pm
AlphaGeneration, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I interviewed with a firm that I thought was consulting (I interviewed with them the year before), but ended up getting the name mixed up. Ten minutes before the interview started, as I was sitting outside, I pull out the company's information that they posted on our school's career center. One of the lines said a position doing sales of XYZ product. I said to myself...that's odd, I didn't know consulting firms sold physical products, so I whip out the Blackberry and google the firm. Totally not consulting.

Interview was terrible. Guy asked me why I wanted to work at the firm, and I bs'd some story about doing sales. Guy said the FT position was a financial leadership program, so there were no actual sales positions. Needless to say, I didn't get the offer... It was a little awkward during the interview when he discussed an internship I had at a F100 company and how when he graduated, it was everybody's dream to work there in finance, which made him question why I wanted to work at the firm he was at... that was a sticky one to get out of.

Funniest
Dec 29, 2009 - 11:45pm
dweezy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When asked about leadership abilities, I responded "helped organize counter revolution and government overthrow". Did not get job. True story.

Dec 30, 2009 - 9:29am
Mzzzz, what's your opinion? Comment below:

lol

dweezy:
When asked about leadership abilities, I responded "helped organize counter revolution and government overthrow". Did not get job. True story.
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Dec 30, 2009 - 9:51am
SWF, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When i was interviewing with a hedge fund, the PM asked me to go meet him on a basketball court on a cold winter morning. He then asked me to play 1-on-1 with him and in a casual tone said, "oh, did I mention that you have to beat me to get the offer?"

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:28am
WACC_attack, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Funniest Interview Story (Originally Posted: 01/02/2008)

What's the funniest interview story you've ever heard, "guest starred" in (either side of the table)?

I heard this one from my boss a while back. A friend of his was interviewing with a BB, and the two guys were being total dicks to him. They snapped into rapid-fire mode, asking the guy the most random math-related questions they could think of, one right after the other for 10 minutes or so. Finally towards the end of the interview, when it was the "Do you have any Qs for us?" time, the dude stood up, and before he walked out he asked: "If 50% of all people who work at your bank are dicks, what are the odds that 2 of them are sitting here right now?" I thought it was hilarious...

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Apr 6, 2014 - 12:29am
Hayek, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What happened to the guy?

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:39am
03banker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When I was interviewing back in 2002 from a non-target I was trying to get whatever job I could find in a bank, During final rounds at a BB for Cap Markets position I got a D-bag VP who decided to play bad cop with me. For the first 20 mins of the interview, anything I said he argued back and tried to argue with me for the sake of arguing. I finally had enough and wanted to leave with my dignity. I told him that clearly we didn't click and I didn't want to waste his time or my time anymore.

He said no, and told me that he wanted to finish the interview. The next day I got the offer!!

I turned them down and went to an IB group at another bank.

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:30am
dosk17, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Someone in an interview at a very prestigious school once told me that he was a "math genius" when I asked about coursework.

I expect people to boast somewhat in interviews and exaggerate their accomplishments, but this one was too much for me.

I asked him the "squares on a checkerboard" question (the answer is 204 for anyone wondering...) and he got flustered and could not even come close to answering it or reasoning through it in any way, or even asking me the appropriate questions.

Don't say you're a math genius if you can't count squares.

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:31am
Hayek, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I actually have a story: last winter I had a summer analyst interview at a BB; I had to take a cab from my school to the interview site, normally 20 minutes or so away. However there was tons of traffic (friday afternoon) and the cab got lost--I had a map but wasn't totally sure where I had to be.

Got out of the cab around 1 minute before the interview was scheduled to start and realized that I was a 10+ minute walk away from where I had to be. I was starving and thirsty (just came out of an econometrics midterm; hadn't eaten lunch) and briefly considered just going back home.

Interviewer calls me 5 minutes after the interview was supposed to start and asks if I'm still coming (always put your cell # on your resume!). I say "yes," and continue half-running through the cold to get to where I'm supposed to be. Apologize profusely and the interview starts; I'm noticeably out of breath and I kept swallowing since I was parched, she asks me if I want to go get a drink of water. I say yes, come back, and do really well in the interview and end up getting to the next round despite being 10 minutes late and awkwardly leaving to get water/relax for a minute before continuing. Luckily mine was the last interview of the day so there was no one after me.

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Apr 6, 2014 - 12:32am
hoyer, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I had a similar story. I had a first round on campus interview at 1:00, but for some reason I had thought it was at 1:30. At 1:05 as I am in my room reviewing some last minute information, they call me asking what was up. Luckily, they told me that I could come at 1:30... I ended up getting the second round and will be starting there full-time in July. Man did I feel like I dodged a bullet BC if I was the interviewer and a kid was not there right on time and totally prepared, I would tell the kid to hit the road.

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:33am
if much given much expected, what's your opinion? Comment below:

While my friend was interviewing- he was sitting on the trading floor with his interviewer- the interviewers MD comes by grabs his resume and yells my school's name and asks my friend "is that even an accredited university?." He then crumples the resume up and shoots it like a basketball towards a wastebasket. My friend just starts laughing. He interviews with the MD later in the day. He still works there.

I only have one good one myself. My interviewer comes and sits in my cube during a superday. Before he finishes introducing himself his blackberry rings, he answers it, says "fuck" very calmly, and walks quickly from the room. I sit there bored and nervous for two minutes and a guy comes in and says he will interview instead. I still dont know what happened.

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Apr 6, 2014 - 12:34am
godofsmallthings, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I remember once during a phone interview, I stated on the objective of my resume that I wanted to be an investment banker. The interview was for an investment management position. The guy calls me up and says, your resume says you want to be an investment banker so why do you want this position for an investment manager? I was speechless, I didn't know what to say. I told him I thought investment banking was a broad term for everything and he said I was wrong and went into detail about the position I was interviewing for. He then asked me if I was still interested in interviewing for that position even though it wasn't investment banking. I knew there and then that I had lost the job but I still went on with the interview for the heck of it. I don't have an objective on my resume anymore.

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Apr 6, 2014 - 12:35am
HerSerendipity, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have a good one-ish. It was one of my braver moments in life. I already got an offer from a BB but I still wanted to see what else was out there. I kept my net cast pretty wide (IBD, S&T, PM, etc.) and ended up interviewing with the S&T division of another BB. My interviewers were weirdos and so boring (no alums from my school) and kept asking me obnoxious math questions. We definitely weren't clicking and I knew the interview was going badly. At the end, they asked if I had any questions. I responded, "can i ask anything?" with a small smile. The girl interviewer laughed and was like "why, do you want to ask us a brainteaser or something?" And indeed I did. In fact, I asked them two separate brainteasers one of my MD's gave me during my internship. After about 10 minutes about sitting there watching them try and figure it out, we were out of time. They wanted to know the answer, and instead I smiled and told them i'd email them later, got up and left. Of course I didn't get an invite for a final interview, but I had my fun.

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:36am
EE, what's your opinion? Comment below:

^ - SO awesome, good for you

Mine isn't as amusing but worth mentioning nonetheless.

I already accepted my S&T FT offer at an ibank but like HerSerendipity, I decided to interview for other jobs to keep my options open and get some more interview experience. I interviewed for an IB position with a BB. I have zero interest in IB so I thought this would be amusing.

The interviewers were a pair of cocky d-bag analysts. One of them saw that I had taken an accounting class and asked me what I learned in it. I mentioned the 3 financial statements, etc.

He asks, "did you like it?" I say with a shit-eating grin on my face, "no, I hated it." He says, "well, no offense but thats mostly what we do, analyze financial statements."

I respond with, "ah, well thats unfortunate." Naturally the interview ended shortly thereafter.

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"its the running joke now, we now have fair trade with china so they send us poisoned sea food and we send them fraudulent securities."

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Apr 6, 2014 - 12:37am
squirtle, what's your opinion? Comment below:

EE, that's awesome. But you know that if you said yea, he probably would have just grilled you on some Accounting concepts just to boost his own ego.

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:38am
ibankuiuc, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Greatest interview ever! : http://youtube.com/watch?v=_oTwbJmW57U
If anyone ever did that, I'd pay em like a grand.

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:42am
waltersobchek, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What kind of questions do they ask in the bad cop/good cop interview?

Whats the best way to approach it?

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:43am
big_4_2_ib, what's your opinion? Comment below:

i had an interview scheduled for a particular day. from what i remember... thursday at 9:30. around tuesday at 10, i was planning on picking up the phone to call and confirm my interview time. but as i'm about to dial, the associate calls me and asks, "what time did you think the interview was?"
"thursday at 9:30" "no it was today (tuesday) at 9:30" i look down at my watch and see that its 10AM. so pretty much, i start apologizing like crazy. he says, i'll call you right back, hangs up.... 10 minutes later calls me back and says the MD has a few minutes for coffee if i'd like to meet now. so i tell my employer that i have to leave for a second, run out and interview. in the end, i don't know who was right, but i got the job.

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:45am
curiousmonkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

is very simple.

Don't do anything. Give equal time and attention to both interviewers, act calm and collected under pressure. Smile and laugh a lot while you're there. Take it all in stride.

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:46am
markets405, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Not exactly an "interview" story from the view of being the interviwee but...

This summer I did an internship at a botique. We were charged with the duty of interviewing the next interns, because they were so happy with how we did things...seriously.

The SMD and a Senior ASS set us up by having one of his buddies, (struggling actor...we were in LA) pretend to want the internship. (And videotaped us)

He came in with an eye patch, 10min late, and a hand written-zeroxed resume. Claimed to be Amish and had started a charity with the Belmount race track to take the old horses back to his amish town. They completely had us punked... PM and I MIGHT just share the video if I can get it.

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Apr 6, 2014 - 12:49am
LondonE11, what's your opinion? Comment below:

ha... thats awesome.... but I shit you not, I have seen a hand written resume on lined notebook paper... with the frill still on the edge(when you tear a page out of a spiral-wire notebook). I had an interview later that day and was putting some finishing touches on my resume when I ran into this poor schmuck, I gutted my resume and told him to fill in his info. You'd be surprised at how clueless some people are. Related story... my college has a really strong accounting program, they are a target school for the big-4. They were having on campus interviews at the career center one day(not sure what co or even if it was one of big 4, doubt it), and I had to drop by to get something taken care of. As I'm walking inside, one of the interviewers is catching some fresh air outside, she looks me dead in the face asks me (Im wearing some torn up jeans, flip flops, and a faded t-shirt) if I'm there for an interview. Afterwards I was kicking myself in the ass for saying no, i should have just said yes and strolled into the interview room.

markets405:
Not exactly an "interview" story from the view of being the interviwee but...

This summer I did an internship at a botique. We were charged with the duty of interviewing the next interns, because they were so happy with how we did things...seriously.

The SMD and a Senior ASS set us up by having one of his buddies, (struggling actor...we were in LA) pretend to want the internship. (And videotaped us)

He came in with an eye patch, 10min late, and a hand written-zeroxed resume. Claimed to be Amish and had started a charity with the Belmount race track to take the old horses back to his amish town. They completely had us punked... PM and I MIGHT just share the video if I can get it.

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:47am
godofsmallthings, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've noticed from interviews both phone and in person that the MDs and VPs are generally nice people. The associates can be really asinine though. Quite a few of them just keep asking technical questions which I don't mind, but when I was through answering his technical questions completely, he started asking me the "fit" questions and that's where he hammered me into the ground.

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:48am
Grinder86, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When an interviewer hammers you into the ground, like mentioned above, does that mean that you most likely will not get an offer/move to the next round, or it could just be to see how you react under pressure to see if you can keep composure during stress?

Now for a funny story. A friend of a friend was interviewing at a BB for a FT IBD position and he had on his resume that he was fluent in french, although he just took a few years of it. The BB got a french employee to go in there and the interview was completely in french, and the candidate just sat there with a blank stare. He was told to leave and obviously did not get an offer.

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:50am
WACC_attack, what's your opinion? Comment below:

see, I've had nothing but great luck with associates. the only ones that were ego-maniacal "look at my huge d**k" interviewers were the analysts. i don't understand why, maybe because they had a bad experience and just wanted to share the love. you don't have to be a complete ass to test if someone can handle pressure/fit into your office/knows his stuff.

anyone here is one of those "studs" we've all had our interview run-ins with? care to explain why you do it?

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:51am
WACC_attack, what's your opinion? Comment below:

forgot to mention this one.

i had an interview with an IB one afternoon, and had another interview with another IB the very next morning. Nothing strange except for the fact that the two offices are located in the same building, three floors apart from each other. on my ride up the elevator on the morning of the second interview i notice that the MD who interviewed me the previous afternoon was standing right next to me. i wasn't exactly sure how to act. after about 12 seconds of small-talk he asks me why i was there. wasn't sure how to respond....so i told him the truth. that i have another interview with this particular bank. i wasn't sure if this would help me or hurt me, but it didn't take long to find out. got an offer from the guy's bank later that afternoon.

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Apr 6, 2014 - 12:52am
Grinder86, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Interviewers aren't stupid. They know everybody they interview applied to every bank on the street.

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:54am
WACC_attack, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My girlfriend isn't stupid either, and she knows that if a beautiful girl walks by me I am tempted to look at her. And if she's not with me, I probably will look. Different story if we're together.

Similar concept. It's just awkward running into someone whom you just told how much you want to work for him....while on your way to another bank.

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:55am
Memberberries, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Dead serious. I was interviewing for a derivatives job for a large energy firm and I was knocking everything out--the math tests, the computer tests, the interview. I noticed, however, that one of my interviewers had an accent and it sounded very "Bavarian," so I asked him, "so are you German?" His stern response, "No, Israeli." Needless to say, I never heard back from the company.

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Apr 6, 2014 - 12:57am
matty200, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Virginia Tech 4ever:
Dead serious. I was interviewing for a derivatives job for a large energy firm and I was knocking everything out--the math tests, the computer tests, the interview. I noticed, however, that one of my interviewers had an accent and it sounded very "Bavarian," so I asked him, "so are you German?" His stern response, "No, Israeli." Needless to say, I never heard back from the company.

Long memories, sucks though.

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:58am
ibankuiuc, what's your opinion? Comment below:

one kid i know, already had an offer from a bank, but decided to continue going to his interviews for extra practice and just to see what's out there.

He had an interview one day, and one of the interviewer was being a complete deuchebag. The guy was being extremely sarcastic and shot him down with smart ass remarks every time.

The kid couldn't stand the guy, so as he was done with the interview and leaving, he turns around and pulls out a tampon from his pocket and says "You definitely need this!"

Another guy I know was interviewing and in the part where he asked them a question, he just jokingly pointed to a picture on the MD's desk where the MD was skydiving, and the kid goes "How did you convince your wife to let you do that?" And the MD responds, "Actually, she died last month."
The kid said he felt like such a dick, and it was the most awkward moment ever.

Apr 6, 2014 - 12:59am
ssb101, what's your opinion? Comment below:

why did the guy have a tampon in his pocket in the first place.

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Apr 6, 2014 - 1:02am
ibanktoo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I know a guy who was trying to get a trading job from a non-target university with an Engineering degree. Two classic stories from this kid:

1.) He applied for one job that was in Hong Kong and required that he speak mandarin, which he did not know the first thing about, but he tried anyway. He got in the interview and about half way through they just started asking him questions in mandarin, at which point he said, I am sorry, "I don't know that dialect." Needless to say they asked him to leave.

2.) He was trying to get a trading job with a BB firm but because of the non-target school issue the best he could get was an HR hiring manager who basically told him it was never going to happen. Upon this he told the HR lady to "go F*ck yourself"...the next day he got a call from an MD wanting to interview him for a position...which eventually got. He is now a floor trader on the CBOT.

Apr 6, 2014 - 1:03am
fafa, what's your opinion? Comment below:

1st round: Interviewer asks me what community service I was involved in. I answered but failed to see the connection to bond trading. When he asked if I had any questions for him, I asked what community service he did. He said interviewing was his community service. I asked him how that benefited the community and he didnt have an answer.

1st rnd: I had a cold and allergic reaction the same day. I lost control of my tear ducts in the interview so that it appeared that I was crying. My interviewer kept asking if I was alright, and I had to reassure her that I was not in fact sobbine. It was pretty awkward.

1st rnd: Associate starts asking me questions about fed rate cuts that somehow turns into a heated discussion about whether or not poor people deserve to own homes. THe other associate had to jump in and stop the argument twice.

superday Dinner: An MD decided to have fun with a group of 3 of us at the pre superday dinner. He made us go around the table and say why we should get the job. So the first couple times around the table, we give the standard BS answers - hardworking, etc. He called us out and by the 5th time around the table, I was writing a book, kid#2 was a judo bronze medalist, and kid#3 enjoys bungee jumping on the wknds.

1st rnd: Associate has just finished informing me that I was at the bottom of their 40 person waitlist during a bootleg first rnd that sketchily took place in Starbucks. Then she asked where I would rank her bank among my choices. I almost choked on my coffee.

Jan 1, 2010 - 3:45am
togglepik, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I was in a frist round interview for MS IBD and had two tough consecutive interviews. Come the third, the guy was actually really nice so we started chatting and I finally started to relax. Except I think I went a little overboard with the 'relaxing' thing and at one point I was talking to him and I noticed him looking down at my pants, and I suddenly realized that I was scratching my nuts in plane site of the guy. Not even through my pockets, just totally out in the open! I think it must have been a good, long, 1-minute scratch or something it certainly felt like a long time. I wonder whether that was a factor in my not getting through to the second round

Apr 6, 2014 - 1:07am
Crowne, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Interview Stories Continued (Originally Posted: 05/06/2010)

I have an interview coming up with a Prop Trading firm. In order to inflate my ego I decided to withdraw all my savings account money and transfer it into my Schwab account. I invested in a few small cap stocks which actually did well. Then at around 1:30 I invested in an ETF levered 3:1 favoring the Dow because I wanted to feel like a big swinging dick. At the time the Dow was only down 90 points. Well, around 5 minutes before a different interview with an ibank the Dow plunged 900 Points- phone rings...

Interviewer: Hi this is ____ from ______ is ____ available

Me: Hi ______, ____ how are you?

Interviewer: I'm great, how are you?

Me: Well I just lost 10k (almost tearing), but I couldn't be better.

Interviewer: The good news is that you just saved us. Thanks for your time- good luck!

Feb 17, 2010 - 9:49am
student2518, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I walked into a job interview for a BB and I shook the interviewer's hand. The 1st question he asked me was 'do you have the pussy factor?' I asked him to repeat himself and he said 'you know the pussy factor' and clenched his fist.

I said that I did. He loved it. Still didn't get the job though

Feb 17, 2010 - 11:34am
Art Vandelay, what's your opinion? Comment below:
student2518:
I walked into a job interview for a BB and I shook the interviewer's hand. The 1st question he asked me was 'do you have the pussy factor?' I asked him to repeat himself and he said 'you know the pussy factor' and clenched his fist.

I said that I did. He loved it. Still didn't get the job though

this is sort of ambiguous. do you slay or are you, yourself, a pussy?

Feb 17, 2010 - 4:13pm
ihatetaxes, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Sophomore year SA interview with BB. Half way through the interview, the guy started playing with his blackberry. Never encountered this before, and trying to be polite, I said: "Would you like me to stop and continue when you're done." The interviewer looked up at me with an open jaw. I realized right there I blew the interview. Oh well, learn from your mistakes.

Feb 17, 2010 - 6:19pm
MichaelRS24, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Oh man, perfect timing for this post. I've been sick lately and my cough has been especially bad (even with meds). After about 20 minutes into the interview, I began to cough uncontrollably. Once I regained myself, I started to answer the question he posed, but...my voice was became extremely scratchy and barely audible! After about a minute of trying to answer his question, he simply told me to 'go get water.' I ran out and came back as fast as I could, but at that point it was extremely awkward. He asked if I had any questions, and I asked one and got the hell out. lol. Suffice to say, I bet I get dinged.

Feb 17, 2010 - 6:39pm
GoodBread, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My senior year I bet my roommates that I could place "take one for the team" in every interview I went to. During a PE FoF interview, I dropped it when we started talking about teamwork and the girl interviewing me gave me this blank stare and said 'ooook..'

During the interview for my current job, the guy interviewing me goes: "If someone in your group isn't finishing his stuff on time, what do you do?" -"I guess I'd help him out." -"Even if it wasn't your responsibility?" -"I would take one for the team." -"Niiice." (Thanks for the meatball buddy.)

Feb 17, 2010 - 6:58pm
winterwindow, what's your opinion? Comment below:

BB interview, guy started asking me about a model I built over 2 years ago for a manufacturing firm. Most of my assumptions were crap and I didn't remember some of the details, so I had to make up things on the fly. He grilled me on D/E ratios, interest rates, depreciation methods, cost assumptions, then he asked me why I felt comfortable with these assumptions. I panicked and lied that they were industrial standards according to our research. At end of the interview the guy told me he worked in BB's industrial/manufacturing group for 6 years and was a VP there. No surprise - got dinged.

Feb 17, 2010 - 8:22pm
boston88, what's your opinion? Comment below:

First round interview with BB, walking through my resume and talking about a divesture analysis case study I had looked at for a distressed drug retailer. Halfway though my explanation, my interviewer said "excuse me, did you just say 'distressed drug dealer'?" Apparently I did -- and accidentally said it later in the interview too. Guy probably thought I was a criminal. Didn't get a second round interview.

Feb 17, 2010 - 8:15pm
noexplode, what's your opinion? Comment below:

During the 1st interview of a superday, guy who was interviewing me was super serious so I was all nervous and started sounding like Ms. SC. I literally couldnt put a single thought together, and sounded like a moron the whole ~ 10 minutes, 8 of which he had to talk so it wasn't total silence. He ended it and I ran to the bathroom to splash some water in my face. Then he walked in, gave me a weird look did not say anything and started using the urinal. Felt quite defeated....

Feb 17, 2010 - 8:30pm
McMo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Question from CEO in main conference room around large table where they are serving lunch during the super day.

"You guys are all smart and could trade anything, so why energy?"

Interviewee #1 "Cause its a global market and I think political risk is very interesting....."

CEO interrupts "Someone say cause its SEXY"

My friend and future co-worker "Cause its SEXY DAMNIT"

Feb 17, 2010 - 9:04pm
basketballbanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Final round interview with BB. Arrived to bank five minutes early at which point my nose started bleeding like no other. I went to the bathroom and stopped the bleeding temporarily, but I knew that if I tilted my head down even the slightest, my nose would start to bleed again. I would have waited longer to be sure no further bleeding would occur, but I was running late. So I get in the elevator and get off at the bank's floor and meet my first interviewer of the day. The entire interview my head was lifted up and eyes tilted down so I would see my interviewer rather than the ceiling. I'm sure he thought I was trying to look confident by tilting my head up. In any case, to test my apparent confidence he nailed me with some tough technicals which I just rushed through, hoping the interview would end asap so I could run to the bathroom. Unfortunately, my interviewer felt the need to go through step by step in full detail the technicals I missed. Needless to say, I didn't get an offer.

Nov 10, 2010 - 5:31pm
AnacotSteel, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I was at a superday for a MM bank about 4 years ago and the day was not going well. My 4th interview was with a director and VP. About 5 minutes into the interview the director asks me "what gets you up in the morning?"...I responded "my alarm clock." They both looked at me with a blank stare, not even a smile, and moved on...i thought it was funny and would lighten the mood...not so much

I told that story in an interview about a year later and landed the job. Later, i was told that the story about an old interview gone awry was one of the reasons they hired me.

Nov 10, 2010 - 6:03pm
blake, what's your opinion? Comment below:

buddy of mine interviewing for a IB analyst role was asked "how many golf balls would it take to fill a 747?" He immediatly responded with 1,764,382. The interviewer asks, "OK how'd you get to that number". He goes, "a stupid question deserves a stupid answer". The interviewer immedatly gets up and leaves the room.

Nov 10, 2010 - 8:19pm
boutiquebank4life, what's your opinion? Comment below:
blake:
buddy of mine interviewing for a IB analyst role was asked "how many golf balls would it take to fill a 747?" He immediatly responded with 1,764,382. The interviewer asks, "OK how'd you get to that number". He goes, "a stupid question deserves a stupid answer". The interviewer immedatly gets up and leaves the room.

Gonna call b.s. on this one. Your friend would get a complaint from the firm and be blacklisted from all recruiting events.

Nov 10, 2010 - 6:10pm
prospie, what's your opinion? Comment below:

An interviewer for an asset management job asked me who I look up to most (or who my hero was, or however that question is phrased), and my answer was Tucker Max. My reasoning was that he lives for himself and does what he really wants. He seemed to find that slightly amusing, but i'm not sure what he really thought.

I did tons of goofy stuff like this senior year. Not on purpose either. Looking back, I hope I have become less ridiculous.

Nov 10, 2010 - 8:07pm
spartahill, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I started a very small business freshman year in college. I was interviewing with a mid-tier MM and the interviewer asked me, "how much would you value your business at ?"

Somehow that caught me off guard and I said, "priceless".

dinged

Nov 10, 2010 - 8:12pm
happypantsmcgee, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My best friend's younger brother woke up the morning of his final round interview with Bain, showered, shaved and all but sliced off a small mole he has (had) on his face. An hour of panicked phone calls and band aids later it was still bleeding so he went to his interview with a giant, hotel provided bandage across half his face.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford
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Nov 10, 2010 - 8:40pm
Malakari, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Was in midst of investment banking interviews. Had an interview with a Big4 Transaction Advisory group and a Superday at a BB the day after. Figured I would use the advisory interview as a prep for my fit questions.

Now I had practiced my story a billion times and had it down cold. I go into the interview, handshake, sit down, and the first thing the guy asks me is "Tell me your story".

I start with my usual IB spiel, "I originally became interested in...pause...finance". It was total bs and I think the guy knew it as he grilled me as to why Transaction services, especially since my resume looked pretty tailored to banking.

After putting down banking for about an hour and looking like an idiot by replacing "banking" with "finance" every time, I was let go.

Surprised I got the second round though...

Nov 10, 2010 - 9:01pm
bossman, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Very cool and entertaining stories! Keep it going!

One of my awkward moments came when i was interiviewed for a technical position i really didn't qualify for but somehow got into the 2nd round. It was 4 interviews with 2 ppl in each room. So my first 2 didn't go so well as i got killed on the technicals and my 3rd interviewer was from a non-technical background...she was a vp...so i said something like this "I am not really that quant but I am sure I can do it and be successful since you did it." Looking at their faces, I realized what i meant didn't come out right.

Do what you want not what you can!
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Nov 10, 2010 - 9:19pm
jonnyseed, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I had a phone interview with some smaller bank. One of the questions was "What is the difference between private equity and venture capital." I froze, and in the time of need, I went to wikipedia and search for both. After I basically defined each term using wikipedia, the guy said "OK, now answer my question without using your computer." I told him that if he heard me typing, that I was just taking notes of the interview. Needless to say, I didn't get the job.

Another phone interview I scheduled during my current job at 4:15 on a Friday, figuring some people may leave early and I could find a quiet corner in the lobby. In the middle of the interview, my co-worker comes up to me, assuming I'm on the phone with a friend, and starts telling me about the camel toe of the secretary of the office next to ours. I shooed him off and mouthed interview. The interviewer ( a woman), starts laughing and asks me if now is a bad time).

Nov 10, 2010 - 11:16pm
kelleykid, what's your opinion? Comment below:

this, by no means, is good but I had to tell it. First consulting interview ever...hot phd neuroscience chick interviewing me...studied some frameworks and cases the night before (yeah i know) and went in. After a few fits, Strategy case started and it was defining the market for a biological stress test blah blah...at the end I came to the conclusion that there was no market for this damn thing...she kept asking are you sure...I stood with my answer and kept going. She ended with actually we just worked on this and determined there was a market, very profitable, and they pursued that. Said times up, I went into the hall to the next interviewer and waited about 10 minutes (she kicked me out early)

No dice

Nov 11, 2010 - 12:26am
thunderfan118, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I had a trading interview last year with a BB -- it was my first finance-related experience ever. The interviewer asked me, "If I gave you a million dollars and gave you two stocks to invest in -- a high return, high risk stock, or a low return, low risk stock, how much would you put in the high risk stock?"

I looked at the floor, closed my eyes, and randomly said "72%." The interviewer started to ask why I chose that number, but I interrupted him by blurting out, "No, it's actually 73%. Yeah, 73% is my answer."

Ding.

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Nov 11, 2010 - 12:53am
yellowpunch, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My very first interview was in one day in late January, and the outside was damn freezing. I walked into the floor where a bunch of kids were waiting for their turn. When my name was called, I entered the room where two interviewers were already waiting for me.

The interview was fine. I somehow felt that my body language was kinda awkward, but I thought to myself maybe I was too nervous or something.

It was only after I walked out of that floor that I realized I was wearing my coat all throughout my interview. Yeah, I was wearing it when I was making some gestures to solve the interview questions. Yeah, it was a thick, black overcoat that was buttoned up to my neck.

Aug 28, 2012 - 7:56am
Asatar, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Had my first ever final round interview for a top BB. We went through all the usual questions which went fine and then the MD says "we're going to do a few brain teasers now". He asks me what the angle between the two hands of a clock would be if it was 3:15. I had never heard these kinds of questions before so I answer "very little". He says "try again" so I respond with "less than 1%".

He then proceeds to talk me through the answer and give me a second brain teaser, which I scrape through. He then wraps up the interview and asks if I have any questions so I ask for another brain teaser to make up for the first one. He laughs, give me another question which I nail and he rings me later that day to give me the offer.

Aug 28, 2012 - 9:17am
Going Concern, what's your opinion? Comment below:

when i was in college i was interviewin for this banking type role where the interviewer was this tall blond girl. so naturally she asks "what is your greatest weakness" and i rattle off my rehearsed answer. then she asks for a few more weaknesses...ultimately i couldnt think of any more so i blurted out the first thing that popped into my head...I'm not tall enough! she laughed, but needless to say.....ding

Aug 28, 2012 - 9:45am
Boats and LBHoes, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Two stories, both from my sophomore year.

I had an interview for some SA position at MS. I was corresponding with the interviewer via email to set everything up and he sent me the address and everything. Turns out, he sent me the wrong address so instead of going to 1581 Broadway or whatever, I end up wandering around Columbus Circle looking for 1851 Broadway (doesn't exist btw). After looking for about 15 minutes, asking strangers where the hell 1851 Broadway is, I call the guy up and realized my/his mistake. I head down to the office, now 45 minutes behind schedule and we start the interview. The guy didn't seem interested in anything I had to say, almost as if they already picked someone for the job and were interviewing me as some kind of courtesy. I didn't even bother following up or sending a thank you and needless to say didn't get the job.

I had another interview for a boutique bank sophomore/junior year. The interview was with an alum so we were talking about which classes I was taking next year and stuff. I mention some accounting class and he said "Oh, is XYZ Professor teaching that this semester, he was awesome". Turns out, I had registered for the class with that professor. Also turns out that he passed away a couple weeks before. For some reason, I felt the need to break the news to my interviewer and say "Oh, yeah, well, he was, but he recently passed away.....". He was shocked because he clearly really liked the guy and had no idea. I felt terrible and the rest of the interview was pretty awkward/somber.

Aug 28, 2012 - 11:02am
bajabandit, what's your opinion? Comment below:

On a superday for ER at BB, I had prepared several stock pitches depending on a coverage of the person I am interviewing with. Even though I know it's very difficult to talk with ER analysts about industries they specialize in, I went with it. I used my escort in between interviews to ask him about what industry the next interviewer covers. There was one guy, of course, he did not know and I could not infer from my quick look inside his office as I was walked in. After few minutes of introduction I found myself pitching a green energy stock to a coal and oil guy. Needless to say, he was very interested in discussion but I got ownedddd like never before. The guy had a supreme contra argument to every fact I said...thought about excusing myself and leaving eh.

Aug 28, 2012 - 11:48am
bankerella, what's your opinion? Comment below:

First internship of my life, the guy I worked for had a completely fucking ridiculous name.

In fact, it is so ridiculous that I can't repeat it here or all you monkeys will go and Google it and know exactly who he is. So, the name in this story has been changed to something equally ridiculous.

Day 1 of my internship. I'm mostly working with this one guy, Steve Dushkunu. He says, "Call up Bob in such and such group, tell him you work with me and that we need the comps."

So I call Bob and say, "Hi, I'm working with Steve Dush-koo-nu, please send over the comps."

Bob says, "Sure thing. Oh, and FYI, his name is pronounced Douche-canoe." I'm like, Yeah right, real funny.

An hour later, same thing. I say I'm working with Steve Dush-koo-nu, and another guy says, "Hey, I think it's pronounced Douche-canoe."

Ha ha. But I know people play all sorts of shitty practical jokes on interns on their first day, so I'm not fooled.

Couple days later, Steve Dushkunu takes me aside. "Look, didn't anybody tell you? My name is pronounced Douche-canoe."

Oh, shit. I take a deep breath and resolutely do not crack even the slightest smile. "... Oh. I see. I'm sorry, I just thought people were telling me to say that as..."

He waited.

"... As a... joke."

"It's not a joke."

Long awkward pause. Then, in a desperate effort to rescue the moment, I say, way too brightly, "All righty, well, now I know." Aw god, brutal.

Things ultimately didn't work out between me and Mr. Douche-canoe, since he turned out to be something of a douche-canoe. But I will never forget him. Or his pronunciation.

Aug 28, 2012 - 1:26pm
hungaroe, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Recently went to an interview. Very senior execs of an interesting large corp, not very related to my current line of work.

Went through the usual background, why move/company questions then some challenging technical/strategy Qs, etc.. I had the impression it went all quite smooth and made a decent impression.

Then, just to finialise the interview on a soft topic, one of the guys looks at the hobbies at my CV (among a few, it reads: listen to jazz music) and asks, "what kind of jazz musicians do you fancy". I wasn't expecting that. My mind went blank, no name what so ever! It was most ackward... I wasn't even nervous.

He was kind enough to offer a few names (mostly classic ones à la Louis Armstrong, etc.), to no avail, still blank... at the last name he gave, I just had to jump in, so I said, "yeah, exactly that kind, nothing experimental"... at that moment I just wanted to rewind the last 2 minutes.

Aug 28, 2012 - 4:28pm
Outsider, what's your opinion? Comment below:

not funny really, but weird

rising junior, shanghai, for internship in global transaction with the largest bank in the world

interview was held in a music room of a nearby high school at 5pm, knocked and went in on the dot, a senior and a junior banker shooting the shit, senior sitting on the piano bench while junior leaning next, both smoking. junior asked my name and waved me to chair. senior started firing question about what it was like studying in a top college in the west, cost, admission, etc. as later i knew he was picking his son up so he set the interview at his school.

he also told me some girl hanged herself in this room years ago.

not a single tech or behavior question was asked, just originally where i from and my plan after school. 10 minutes or so later his son walked in and the interview was concluded. got offer on the spot, yet i didnt take it because in god's doing i got offer later from an american ibank there, which i interviewed a week before and it wasn't funny at all

How big is yours?
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Aug 28, 2012 - 6:27pm
GoodBread, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Outsider:
not funny really, but weird

rising junior, shanghai, for internship in global transaction with the largest bank in the world

interview was held in a music room of a nearby high school at 5pm, knocked and went in on the dot, a senior and a junior banker shooting the shit, senior sitting on the piano bench while junior leaning next, both smoking. junior asked my name and waved me to chair. senior started firing question about what it was like studying in a top college in the west, cost, admission, etc. as later i knew he was picking his son up so he set the interview at his school.

he also told me some girl hanged herself in this room years ago.

not a single tech or behavior question was asked, just originally where i from and my plan after school. 10 minutes or so later his son walked in and the interview was concluded. got offer on the spot, yet i didnt take it because in god's doing i got offer later from an american ibank there, which i interviewed a week before and it wasn't funny at all

SBd that. Nice sixth sense thing going on there.
Aug 28, 2012 - 8:51pm
orangebull, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I was interviewing for a Commercial Banking position and let it slip that I ultimately want to do Investment Banking. The interviewer then grilled me on IBD and I quickly realized how I barely knew anything.

Aug 28, 2012 - 9:09pm
ChrisHansen, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I havent had any real interviews yet but I was informational interviewing someone from a boutique IB this summer. he invited me to get coffee as they usually do and I went to the bathroom briefly and when I came back, the guy at the counter picking up the coffee looked exactly like my guy--same shirt, pants, height, etc. so without even thinking about it I followed him back to a table, not really paying attention. I set my stuff down and was about to sit down when I look up and realized i followed the wrong guy, who is looking at me like I am the biggest fucking retard ever, and then the actual person I am interviewing has to call me over to another table.

I wanted to off myself right there in the restauraunt

Aug 29, 2012 - 2:24pm
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Aug 30, 2012 - 12:18am
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I don't accept sacrifices and I don't make them. ... If ever the pleasure of one has to be bought by the pain of the other, there better be no trade at all. A trade by which one gains and the other loses is a fraud.
Sep 3, 2012 - 4:25pm
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