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Figured I'd start this thread for those who either didn't land an IB SA role, will be at regional boutiques that don't hire, anticipate, for whatever reason, looking to switch banks after IB SA role (i.e. MM --> BB, or vice-versa), recently became interested in IB, or any other reason that one may have for wanting information regarding FT IB Analyst Recruiting for roles starting in 2018.

When does FT IB Analyst recruiting typically start? Any thoughts on accelerated processes?

It's been made fairly clear that it will be an uphill battle, but the more informed an individual becomes, the more they're able to do in terms of planning their approach. Never give up, right?

Thanks guys!

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Dec 11, 2017 - 3:49pm

I landed a FT spot at BofA Merrill Lynch with no internship and that's pretty unlikely. In my case, being a Spanish speaker was a huge component of it given it was a LatAm Coverage group. However, my superday had other Spanish speakers who had done IB internships and didn't get FT offers, so that also made them look a bit worse as they "didn't make the cut" where they were given a chance. This is potentially advantageous to you if you can find a bank/group that has a spot open after all their interns have rejected/accepted offers to come back FT after their summer.

Also, a less likely scenario that actually does happen is that people accept offers and then reneg on them before the summer for interns or FT. The best strategy is to just keep an ear inside the banks through networking or through services like The Lobby (www.thelobby.io) to figure out what groups at big banks have spots open and what they look for in candidates.

May 28, 2017 - 4:52pm

If you didn't do an SA in IB, your best bet is to target non-EB boutiques and some MM banks for FT. In order to be competitive, you would want to have a front office SA at a decently well known bank on your resume. If this isn't possible, try for something like boutique PE or valuations. It can be done without any of these with enough networking.

May 30, 2017 - 12:10am

Personally am not sure whether the timeline will move with the accelerated SA recruiting only because the number of FT spots is uncertain whereas the number of SA spots is relatively determined. Most likely will still kick off after most the return offers are given across the street, but could be entirely wrong.

I've heard anecdotally that it is a mixture of luck, preparation, and timing.

Jun 6, 2017 - 1:48pm

Does anyone know about FT opportunities in Houston? How are the various IB faring in the downturn?

Jul 7, 2017 - 5:02pm

FT opportuntes in Houston are relatively limited. EBs have classes of 3-5 interns in Houston, most likely will offer 100% so long as interns don't screw up. BBs may have more interns, but will hire less I assume (~80%). Would also say TPH / Simmons / etc are in the same bucket as EBs as it relates to recruiting. EBs have more hiring stability since restructuring advisory has been huge since the downturn.

That being said, if you're not in Houston at a reputable bank as a SA, it'll be tough to snag a FT gig.

Jun 24, 2017 - 12:14am

I am a rising senior now. I had multiple SA super days last fall and due partially to luck and lack of preparedness, I did not receive any offers for IB. I kept pushing through and got invited for a second round for FT for a regional MM office and then received a super day date for October. I'm not comfortable disclosing the bank. I would be happy to share general updates and stuff as this FT process is very hard.

Jun 21, 2017 - 11:58pm

Better question: while I understand a few BB/MM banks have posted about FT on job aggregators/sites like Indeed, for instance, I was wondering if any firms had opened up any resume drops/listings at any of y'all's schools? For those at targets/semi-targets...

Jul 5, 2017 - 5:35pm

Sorry if this sounds like a stupid question, but for someone who wants to move from investment management at a BB to IB at another bank after 1-2 years of exp, will be still be eligible to apply for the Analyst roles through the websites? The description for most of these states that they're looking for undergrad juniors

Jul 6, 2017 - 9:22am

It's possible, but would be easier if you know someone senior to help push your resume through. There are plenty of guys who join teams after a year or so of other, semi-related, experience. Some come on as 1st years, had a guy from Big4 audit come in as a 2nd year back in Jan

Jul 6, 2017 - 6:23pm

How are people networking for FT? I'm at a small MM bank looking to get to a BB, but the thing is I don't have time for the phone calls at work...would get fired right off the bat if my boss noticed I was talking breaks to make non work related phone calls. Do you guys think just emailing alums at BBs would be ok? Or is the personal "chat" over the phone really that big of a deal?

Jul 7, 2017 - 2:46pm

I have a general query, do folks from non target schools with like a 3.1/3.2 have a shot at Bulge Brackets? (assuming these folks network a lot), I mean to say, even after networking, how much of a downer, is that Gpa cos ultimately the resume does get looked at before one gets a call.

Jul 12, 2017 - 2:17pm

What I heard from a hiring manager at one particular bank: Interviews are end of August but applications are open now and they will be offering the interviews to candidates between now and then (expect them to fill up quickly I am guessing)

Another bank: Considering some of their FT hiring right now as "off-season" so doing interviews etc on a rolling basis as one would in the off-season

Jul 12, 2017 - 1:52pm
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