Coffee with Executive Director -- any advice welcome!

Will provide more details if helpful, but basically:

  • I'm a first-year undergraduate, and a little while ago my friend's dad told me he could try and get me a spring internship at a private bank. (Friend's dad does not do banking, just has friends that do.)
  • My CV was passed around a bit, and now in 2 weeks, I'm going for a coffee with an executive director there -- as a sort of informal interview, I suppose. (Him and friend's dad do not know each other.)
  • I've recently been gunning for spring weeks at a bunch of different banks (though unfortunately haven't landed any offers yet) so I'm decently versed with basic competency/technical questions, but that's been me basically just trying to be successful with HR/analysts. I feel that that won't be amazing help here.
  • In addition, this isn't a very large bank, so it's not like there's some recruiting process that I can be fast-tracked along and I expect they rarely take in first-years. Really, I'm not sure what to expect, what he expects, and I'm trying to figure out the best ways to impress him / be successful.
  • Coffee will be at the bank, should I dress full-formal? What are some core things I should be comfortable talking about / be up to speed with within financial strategies advisory, private banking, and asset management? How have your similar experiences been? I would be extremely grateful for ANY advice!

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Jan 8, 2020 - 12:25am
IRRection, what's your opinion? Comment below:
  • coffee is at the bank - dress in work clothes

  • have decent answers to "why banking?" and "why this bank?". read through their website, news articles, their recent annual and quarterly reports. trying to understand their business. how do they make money? what's their focus? where are they growing?

  • when it comes time for your questions, ask him why he likes his job, why he likes working there, that kind of thing. people like talking about themselves and their careers. maybe also ask how you, if you were fortunate enough to be offered an internship, could prepare for such a role.

  • and most importantly - and i cannot stress this enough - try to touch his dick under the table.

hope that helps

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