Looking back 3 years ago

For all of you who've been in banking for a couple of years, what do you remember the most about the recruitment process.

I remember back in 2006, after my campus interviews I was flown to the West Coast office of Citigroup to interview in their SF office.

All of the interviews were pretty standard but there was one interview that I will always remember. It was with a second year analyst, ****** ******, from Berkeley who made my 30 minutes the most uncomfortable half hour of my life.

He started off being nice and asking softer questions like what do I like to do. When I answered that I love sailing and that my family is part of an elite yacht club he got defensive. He then made snide comments that I don't deserve to be in banking because I'm only doing it because my family is wealthy and that I was lazy because I never had a real job besides internships. He went off on how he came from a poor family where none of his parents went to college yet he did which gave him a "strong work ethic" and because I didn't come from "poor" background meant that I was lazy.

After badgering me about my family, he started to have these nasty looks on his face like a creepy old man who looks like he wants to rape a high school cheerleader. I have nothing against gay people but I did not expect that kind of reaction in a job interview. The constant up and down stares were really creepy as he asked me questions about how I would maintain a social life with such harsh hours. After the interview was over, he offered me his business card and mentioned if I accepted the job we could go to Cal football games and drink at his former fraternity ************** because I mentioned that I liked sports.

The rest of the interviews were pretty "banking esque" but that one was just way too weird and thank god I got other offers otherwise I may have done Teach for America instead if it meant working with him.

Comments (10)

Aug 24, 2009 - 1:19am
longwaytogo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

"I have nothing against gay people but I did not expect that kind of reaction in a job interview"

Sorry if I didn't read carefully, but where did he mention he is gay? and the pic is just LOL

Aug 24, 2009 - 1:20am
Stringer Bell, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I don't understand the point of this.

"Cowards die a thousand deaths, but the brave only one," Bill Shakespeare

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Aug 24, 2009 - 3:35am
mxc, what's your opinion? Comment below:

That very encounter, which you describe as "gay", seems to have strongly affected you. Coming from a wealthy family, you kept the incident to yourself, as you were afraid daddy might find out - that couldn't be good for the family's reputation. What would the electorate think?

I believe the point of the post is: "For all of you who've been in banking for a couple of years, what do you remember the most about the recruitment process."

Aug 24, 2009 - 3:39am
cphbravo96, what's your opinion? Comment below:

well, SF would be a great place to kindle a relationship such as the one you mentioned. Sounds to me like you could have had a hell of a bromance with this fellow. Oh well, there are many more fish in the sea.

P.S. Please don't post useless info in an otherwise helpful forum.

Regards

"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant, it's just that they know so much that isn't so." - Ronald Reagan
Aug 24, 2009 - 4:19am
ratul, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I bet the OP is not in banking - if you were, you wouldn't give a shit about this. I could care less about the bad interviews I've had - and seriously, who mentions they are part of an elite yacht club - you sound like a dink and apparently humility doesn't matter where you work.

Mar 25, 2011 - 6:36am
Mintberry Crunch, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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