Target School Kids Stop Complaining

Recently finished up recruiting and wanted to share some thoughts about my process from the perspective of someone who landed the top EB/BB from a target school.

First off, y’all are taking recruiting too seriously, it’s not that deep. For networking, all you have to do is be chill, I wasn’t in any finance clubs and my major has nothing to do with finance/economics either. I started networking in late January after my dad recommended I try recruiting for banking. This honestly goes for interviews too, just be super chill and likeable; I think I did alright on the interviews and they were purely behavioral for all my superdays. Try to find things in common with the MDs/VPs and come off as a humble, hard worker. I personally enjoyed talking about my time golfing at Pebble Beach and skiing at Vail. For the technical sections before the superdays I just had my buddy from my fraternity going to a top bank just do all the technicals for me.

I also avoided getting too caught up in the rat race of finance news and trends. Instead of poring over market analysis every day, I focused on being a well-rounded candidate with interesting hobbies and a positive attitude. Sure, I glanced at The WSJ now and then, but I never let it consume my life. When it came to preparing for the super day, I relied on some quick study sessions and a few tips from friends who had already been through the grind. 

In the end, the key was to maintain a chill demeanor and not get overwhelmed by the minutiae of financial theories or market dynamics. Always remember: it’s not always the smartest who get ahead, but often the coolest under pressure. So, keep it chill, lean on your connections, and you’ll find that landing a top role isn’t as tough as it seems. Work hard, play harder, and the rest will follow. See the rest of y’all that make it on the Street. 


Accurate. One of the best things I’ve ever seen on a usually toxic WSO. One of the worst things about my generation, and to an extent I blame COVID for this, is a complete lack of social skills. Recruiting isn’t tough: get into a top school, rush a frat, touch women you don’t share blood with, and the rest will come.


This is true. Friend's dad founded a smaller boutique IB and a major complaint he had is that a large portion of people coming into IB now are book smart but not very socially adept. He said he can always teach modeling but can't teach social skills haha


Same reason why I think working from home is stupid, just like I think Zoom school was dumb. Not all people have an equal urge to put themselves out there. Forced socialization (i.e. working in an office), puts you in a sink or swim situation where you have no choice but to learn how to function around other people. Dress up, show up, shut up. 


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