2020 FT IB Recruiting Thoughts
Wanted to ask more specifically about full-time recruiting since there aren't too many posts regarding this
A little background on myself, currently a junior at a top target, 3.5 gpa, solid ECs, but due to the ridiculously early process for SA recruiting this year and some personal issues I struck out on a lot of the early processes either because I missed out completely on dates or wasn't prepared and couldn't make it past Superdays (or sometimes didn't even get superdays). Thankfully I was able to catch up and eventually received a SA offer in nyc with a lower tier foreign bank (think Mizuho/Nomura/HSBC)
I don't want to rule them out before even having started the summer internship, but I've been considering going through full time recruiting for banking and didn't want to be stuck in the same position as this year where I wasn't prepared enough and thus couldn't be my best self. I also think there's nothing to lose by trying, and I won't feel bad about having tried if I know I tried my best.
The consensus among the few posts for FT recruiting on the forum seems to be that FT recruiting is a bloodbath and that it's a combination of luck and preparation, and that BBs rarely have spots, though the few spots EBs have are highly competitive, and I totally get that. But I've been thinking through this a while and am willing to dedicate a lot of time and still give it my best shot. I don't necessarily have a huge interest in jumping ship to just a marginally better firm, so am planning on shooting for the stars come FT recruiting season.
Wanted to see if those that have gone through FT recruiting would be willing to share some insights, regarding when I should start reaching out to people again, whether interview process and in what way behavioral/technical questions will be more advanced, aka general tips/advice.
Any and all advice/criticism are welcome, thanks in advance!