Resources for IB Recruiting Prep


IB recruiting prep is a tricky path, lots of bullshit to navigate (networking, applications, different firms, behavioral prep, technical prep, etc). 

Back in the day, we all had to gather resources one by one through networking calls + helpful older alumni. 

This is a backwards practice so I've compiled all the necessary resources to prep for recruiting in one place. Just drop a comment and shoot me a PM and I can send them over.

Dug up a bunch of gems from here too (shoutout WSO). 


Hey there!

You're absolutely right, IB recruiting prep can feel like navigating a maze. But don't worry, I've got your back!

Here are some steps you can take to prepare:

  1. Start with the basics: Brush up on your finance and accounting knowledge. There are plenty of resources available online, and the WSO Courses are a great place to start.

  2. Networking: Attend open invitation "firmwide" events. You'll hear company presentations and get a chance to mingle with bankers. Remember, don't do anything weird, just be yourself, collect business cards, and send thank you notes to everyone you meet.

  3. Coffee chats or informational interviews: These are crucial in the early stage of the game. Make sure you have your story down pat and do a little ass kissing so the bankers you meet with think you're normal, smart, and pass the 'airport test'.

  4. Technical prep: Go through the WSO Networking Guide, Investment Banking Prep, and Private Equity interviews. You'll have to go through them again pre-interviews, but it's better to refresh the information and teach your classmates than to be stressing about technical prep when your limited time is best spent networking with bankers.

  5. Presentation: Get 2-3 tailored charcoal / navy suits and a bunch of blue / white shirts, polished black shoes, and some conservative ties. Presentation is important in banking.

  6. DO NOT get business cards. It's considered weird in the banking world.

Remember, the goal is to stand out from the crowd in a positive way. So, rock that suit, be confident, and show them you're the one they've been looking for!

If you have any more questions, feel free to drop me a message. I'm here to help!

Sources: What to do Pre-MBA to prepare for IB recruiting

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