Getting a SA Offer

When looking at the WSO company database/interview insights, I've noticed many interviews that seemingly went well for the candidate yet did not result in a offer. I know that breaking into good firms is no walk in the park but did many of you have this experience? As in you had the GPA, good resume, networked, answered techs/behavioral q's to the best of your ability yet left multiple processes empty-handed? Or did you feel in the moment that you were not answering questions as good as you could have and should have prepped more or something? Curious how yall felt during the process, appreciate any insight

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  • Intern in IB - Cov
Aug 1, 2022 - 2:28pm

To me not really, I only got an interview at my top choice and got an offer there. I felt good after my interviews. But to most of my friends, they said they felt good in interviews but did not end up getting offers at most of those places. It is a draw of luck, the more interview, the higher your hit rate is.

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Aug 1, 2022 - 2:36pm

Will speak to my experience and how I feel about this -

The best parallel is college admissions, often times it's described as a crap shoot for Ivy's but really what that means is if you have all necessary credentials you'll receive consideration. This is similar to how recruiting works.

Once you have consideration/first round it all depends on how well you fit that firm and sometimes that groups ideal candidate profile.

For ex, I'm currently at a BB group where everyone has families.. 3/6 analysts even are married.. so their ideal candidate is very different from the EB where my buddy is interning and their MD took juniors for a vegas trip after closing a deal.

TL,DR: meet all the bare minimums (3.7+, Target, Technicals and Decent EQ) and then focus on which groups align best with your personality

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Aug 1, 2022 - 3:29pm

FWIW, I did interviewed at 4-5 banks and only 1 of them did I think it went well and I actually didn't move forward or get the offer. My intuition was pretty decent.

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Aug 1, 2022 - 6:31pm

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