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+181Dumbest thing you've said in an interviewCurious about the dumbest things you've ever said in an interview that make for a funny story. I had a coffee meet with associate/vp today (family friend). I have f'd up couliflower ears from wrestling/mma. The associate was a wrestler and commented something along the lines of...272
+129Ranking the Douchiest People You Will Meet On Wall Street by Where They Went To Undergrad**Update:** See the Non-Target Edition <a href="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/by-popular-demand-ranking-the-douchiest-people-you-will-meet-on-wall-street-non-target"> here</a>. <h3>The HPY Kiss Ass:</h3> Imagine this: The entire analyst class has to...74
+122MD never sleeps (growing suspicious)So I've had this hunch for a while and wanted to get others thoughts. Before you think I'm crazy and sleep deprived just look at the evidence I am about to bestow upon you all. Over the past year I've been growing suspicious that my MD is a vampire... There are several reasons...27
+121Chicago: The best all-around U.S. city Recently, as I contemplate my life in this soulless dystopian tech city, I cannot help but fantasize about Chicago and how awesome that city really is. So underrated. The only true negative is the winters. Consider the following: 1. Very cheap for a major city, especially rent. There are...405
+112I'm an average joe making good money for family and enjoying a chill life. What am I missing out on by not pursuing prestige?Hey guys. I'm a 29 year old white male with a loving wife and 1 year old son. I went to a state school (Cal State Fullerton), graduated with a 3.1 GPA (didn't give a crap about school, just partied) and then got a sales job. Then I busted my ass (I'm not analytical or smart, but...165
+108OFFICIAL prestige-caller 2018 prestige rankings**Most Prestigious Cities:** Gods of Prestige: New York, Hong Kong, London Very Prestigious: Chicago, San Francisco, Singapore, Zurich, Frankfurt Prestigious: Charlotte, Houston, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Boston Meh: Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia F*ck Your Life:...145
+103You know you have "made it" when ______What do you think? What is a sign that you have really succeeded in life? How high have you set the bar for making it?130
+99Most uneducated/dumbest thing you have said in an interview?I'll start us off. The first one is not quite dumb, but funny nonetheless. I applied to a retail banking (teller position) internship years ago to get some first-hand interviewing experience, knowing very well I didn't want to go into retail banking. When the interview was over, I...95
+98What is the best career advice you ever received, and from whom?Patrick surprised me by getting a site feature implemented within 36 hours of its suggestion (context [here](https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/is-wso-serving-its-purpose-still?page=0#comment-1644284)). I want to test out the new feature where only Certified Users can respond, so I took a...102
+91Burnout / Life Choices<em>Mod Note (Andy): <a href="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/burnout-life-choices#comment-1707407">make sure to see the top comment below</a> by user APAE</em> All, Created a burner account here to talk about burnout and life choices. For...94
+81"I can't stand interns who __________"Pretty self-explanatory: just looking for traits/habits/characteristics of interns that really piss you off and might preclude them from getting a <abbr title="full time">FT</abbr> offer. 84
+74Why tech is overrated for MBAs (and why banking is underrated) As an <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> graduate from a top program currently working at a FAANG tech firm, I have to get this off my chest. Tech has been super hot at <abbr title="Masters in Business...148
+722018 Republicans vs Democrats POLLAfter reading about the taxes on bonus thread, I am now curious about the political breakdown of users on <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr>, and I'm sure you are too, so I'm making a quick, anonymous and simple poll. Please vote and fill out as best as...45
+70Guys in here without a family or girlfriend, wtf are you doing with your life outside of work?More geared towards the guys who are out of college and actually working full time, especially those in their 20s. For the guys in here who don't have a girlfriend/wife, what are you doing with your lives outside of work?76
+69Most Illegal (or unethical) Thing You've Witnessed on the JobLol definitely want to hear what some of you have to say about this. I'm sure there are some good stories out there. 77
+69I'm in college and a millionaire because of crypto. AMAI'm a college sophomore at a target, and currently at about $2 million altogether. I've been involved in the Bitcoin community for a couple years now. I cashed out $1 million into fiat, and I still have $1 million invested in crypto currencies. My initial investment was $25K, from...237
+69Cringeworthy LinkedIn ProfilesIs it just me or is it cringeworthy when someone lists experiences such as "Pizza Hut Delivery Guy" on their LinkedIn profile? Or how about that person that has 6 languages on their profile 4 of them being listed down as "Elementary Proficiency". Or those profiles that have...81
+68Best lmao/oh shit moments you've ever hadStory time. What prompted me to start this post: I was interviewed today for a <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> Role. Interview went great. Was scheduled to be 30 minutes, lasted an hour. Answered every question he threw at me as if I was Amazon's Alexa. Note:...31
+67Dumbest thing you said in an interview?What's something you said in an interview that made you want to bitchslap yourself? I'll start. Back when I was a junior looking for <abbr title="summer analyst intern">SA</abbr> positions in <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr>, I...82
+67Prestige Skirmish: Lawyer vs. Doctor vs. Investment BankerThe people wanted it, so you get it. **Lawyer - Prestige Pros:** -J.D. is the most prestigious post-graduate degree to have. -Extremely well read and versed in history - which makes for prestigious dinner conversations. -Wields influence over the legal system, and influence is one of...93
+62The students at top schools aren't really that intellectually impressive. So I go to a top school, so think Harvard, Yale, or Princeton. And coming in, I almost felt a sort of insecurity, because I thought that I would be up against the grinders whom I knew in high school, and against kids who went to the best boarding schools, which everyone knows prepare kids well....116
+62Refusing to Party with Boss -- Bad Move?I have a friend who’s doing a summer internship at a bank (not <abbr title="bulge bracket">BB</abbr>, but a smaller place). His boss invited a bunch of the employees on his boat July 4th and all was good… until the boss broke out the Old School joint and started...90
+60Why Are You Worth Your Salary?There are plenty of posts on here about whether or not <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> or other finance jobs are "worth it." However, I haven't seen many posts on whether or not people on here think that they're worth all of the benefits that...120
+59Investing Styles of Mario Characters<strong>Mario</strong> - Rational asset allocator, owns a good mix of low-cost index funds and ETFS <strong>Luigi</strong> - Incapable of second level thinking, investment theses are that he "believes in it", writes disingenuous Seeking Alpha articles, has...14
+57Aziz Ansari becomes a victim of MeTooFirst, it goes without saying that men who actually rape or assault women or use their power to blackmail, threaten, or intimidate women into engaging in sex, are disgusting human beings who should be castrated and locked up. There is no excuse for it: period. At the same time though, an...102
+57Don't Be That Guy/Girl When Reaching OutNot too long ago, I was an undergrad. Reaching out to people that I have never met. Praying and hoping that they would perhaps read my Linkedin message and respond. In this process, I learned what rejection felt like but also met a ton of people across the different segments of finance and was...39
+56What Are You Old-Fashioned About?What technological advancements or updated social norms are you not following? I like to think I'm a pretty forward-thinking guy but I still always prefer to pay with a card/cash, over using Apple Pay on my phone. What are you old-fashioned about?112
+55Does your family despise you?With the holidays approaching, I'm curious how you all deal with the awkward family gatherings. More specifically, does anyone else feel despised by their own family now in regards to their career choice? Personally, I have a VERY blue collar family. My immediate family consists of...84
+54Craziest Travel StoryI have a super slow day at work today and found myself thinking about some ridiculous travel stories I've had from the past few years and want to canvas <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> for some of your own. Can be anything from a weird or funny adventure to...78
+54Biggest professional regret?In light of the “Piper Jaffray: Sweatier Than Ever in 2018” thread ([link](https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/piper-jaffray-sweatier-than-ever-in-2018)), I was inspired to share the biggest professional regret of my career so far, however early in my career that it may...81
+54What does it feel like working 40-hour weeks? Working 55-60 hour weeks every week of the year has made me forget what it feels like having a 9-5 job. So those who do, what does it feel like?115
+53work/life balance >>>>>> $$$. also i resent my asian parentsi resent my tiger, helicopter asian parents. they were basically amy chua. i had no fucking life growing up. no video games. barely any friends. no TV. all i did was school, academics, etc., after school academics, violin, etc. fucking horseshit. all my parents cared about was GPA, how well I...43
+53What were the biggest lies you were told during the interview process that weren't true on the actual job?Examples: -"We have great team culture" -> they are neutral with each other -"Facetime is not required" -> but they'll call you out if you don't show up -"We love you / We want you to come in immediately" -> they actually can't f***king...88
+53Buyside dating tacticsAfter working in <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> for a while I am thinking of applying my skills learnt on the buyside and transferring them to the dating scene. <h4>Step 1</h4> Find the good opportunities. Search through Instagram, Facebook and other...55
+53What's your preferred vice?Liquor, hash, Mary Jane, Molly - what's your preferred substance when it comes to taking the edge off or making things just interesting enough? I've gone through a few, including all of the above, a few hallucinogens, some experimental stuff that is said to be produced by the brain...109
+52What do you splurge on?It seems like lately there have been more posts about saving money and how to accomplish fiscal responsibility. That's nice and all, but everyone splurges on something, no matter how fiscally conservative they are. I happen to think a topic like this would be a lot more interesting than...126
+52The Perfect DayCurrently being in the hell that is non-target recruiting one exercise that I constantly do to remain optimistic is to imagine what my perfect day would look like. My perfect day would look something like this: - Wake up 4 <abbr title="asset management">AM</abbr> Run for...50
+50By Popular Demand: Ranking The Douchiest People You Will Meet On Wall Street, Non Target EditionWith no further ado, from most to least douchey... **The SEC Frat God:** Perhaps the most identifiable of all the non-target Analysts, mostly because he looks like the exact opposite of everyone else around him. Instead of the gelled slick-back, he's rocking a poorly trimmed Frat Mop...11
+50Riches to Rags StoriesSince we are talking about savings and cost of living, I thought it would be interesting to share "hero to zero" stories that you have seen. I'd imagine anyone working in finance has seen at least a few cases of some dude overextending himself financially and blowing up after a...103
+50Most prestigious job opportunity you've ever seenWhat is the most prestigious job opportunity you've ever seen someone get or take directly after college?98
+49So many dweebs in this industry.I remember back when I was I kid, which wasn’t actually that long ago... I used to think everyone in high finance was like Harvey Spector or something. Found the idea of working in a place like Pearson Whatever extremely intimidating. But then I got to college, did an internship, worked as an...102
+48A Letter of Resignation From theaccountingmajor - it's been realSo for the past several days, I've been getting DMs from the website moderators that my posts have been removed. Can I ask why you all are so angry? I've had so much MS thrown my way, it probably triggered some sort of red-flag. Lol like seriously - every other day, there's some...52
+47What is The Meanest Thing You've Ever Seen a Superior Tell a Subordinate in the OfficeAfter a long day of watching our dickhead CFO haze the new analysts with his miserable sense of humor, I've been reflecting about some of the biggest dickhead moves I've ever seen a superior pull on a subordinate in the office. I think my top three are... 1) During Christmas party a...76
+47Favorite Substance and Why?Gents, Off topic and just out of curiosity. Being a first-generation American with strong European roots, I have always found it fascinating which substances people use to get through the week, enjoy the weekend, wake up in the morning, or fall asleep at night. ESPECIALLY here in America....245
+47Cocky InternAny creative subtle solutions on dealing with a cocky intern who likes to re-iterate everything you say and talk over you?57
+46Consequences after being caught cheatingHello, I am not proud of what I have done but I think the US academic pushed me to focus too much on academics rather than the actual content. Background: I am an international student and my undergrad was business, I had the chance to be accepted in an intensive computer science grad...141
+44Shithole Scandal Ok folks. This is Trump scandal #99447. Oh hell, I've lost count of the number of times people have gone hysterical over Trump's comments. Here are my thoughts on this. 1. Trump is a vulgar man with no filter. It's just who he is. Having said that, Presidents say a lot of...166
+43Why are recruiters so useless?I’ve dealt with both internal corporate recruiters and external (headhunters) and I continue to be amazed at how awful they are as a rule. I applied to a super regional bank, a recruiter reached out with some questions and stated that after I filled it out they’d reach out to set up a...65
+41College kiddos are disillusioned by college degrees -- surprise?According to a [recent WSJ/NBC survey](https://www.wsj.com/articles/americans-losing-faith-in-college-degrees-poll-finds-1504776601), a staggering estimate of 47% young Americans feel that a college degree is not worth it compared to a 49% who do. *That* is a pretty close divide which is...102
+40How I Paid Off 60K In LoansHey - I just wanted to stop in and tell you guys how I paid off approximately 60K in student loan debt. I went a very cheap/frugal route, but maybe you can apply my methods to your day to day. This post is for the middle class kids who don't get enough financial aid and/or scholarships....50