How did you react to the person that told you you got the (FT) job?

A few days ago, I received a full-time job as an IB analyst. I was extremely happy yet I did not want to lose my cool or sound overly enthusiastic so I just said I was really glad to hear this and very looking forward to work in the team. It was weird, the feeling of not being completely genuine and avoiding sounding too happy as I actually was.

Did you guys react differently on the phone?

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  • Intern in Consulting
Apr 29, 2021 - 5:00pm

After a year of recruiting (literally January 2020 to January 2021), I got a top Rx consulting offer. When I got the call I slammed my hand on my desk and exclaimed "Let's Go!" into the phone and then just mentioned how excited I was to work with the firm. I'm sure it doesn't make a difference any which way. Could see both perspectives though.

  • Intern in Consulting
Apr 29, 2021 - 11:15pm

You too my friend! Wish you the best of luck for full-time

  • Associate 3 in IB-M&A
Apr 29, 2021 - 9:59pm

As an interviewer, it would make my day to have a super excited candidate. I'm not obsessed with my firm by any means, but IB recruiting is very challenging and landing a role is a great achievement for any young person

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Apr 29, 2021 - 5:56pm

This was years ago but I still remember with good detail:

I was sitting at my desk for my (at that time) non-IB role at the time getting ready to review my networking sheet and plan my outreach process plus consider another round of job applications after the Superday the prior Friday when I saw a call for a number I didn't recognize but was familiar with given the area code.

I rushed out to the hallway where I was informed I was selected for the IB role and started celebrating but had to reduce my celebratory mannerism given that there were glass doors and people would notice me. Took the elevator outside and started informing close friends and families. 

That is still one of the best moments of my life and literally changed the trajectory of my career and life

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Apr 29, 2021 - 6:36pm

It's good to know these kind of stories are still out there of people who felt it was all worth it. A lot of negativity on banking this past year has made a lot of prospects and those incoming spooked. 

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Apr 29, 2021 - 6:21pm

Honestly dude just be yourself. I verbally accepted my SA and FT offer on the spot. 

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 29, 2021 - 6:48pm

When I told the guy who gave me the offer that I would accept it (he knew I would, had asked me before during the interview process) he said he'll hold the inter-school football rivalry against me lol.

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Gen
Apr 29, 2021 - 8:27pm

Obviously I thanked the person and told that I was excited about the opportunity. But I wasn't overly joyous or anything. More like relieved that I had a job after graduation. I think I was 5-10x more happy when I got my college acceptance lol

  • Analyst 3+ in IB - Ind
Apr 29, 2021 - 11:24pm

Of course, I went to LinkedIn and posted about it:

Jason Reynolds

World-Class People Influencer and Professional Human

"Ladies, Gentlemen and Everyone in Between or Outside, 

Today I learned a great lesson. I was emptying my beloved and blistering bowels. A company called me to tell me I got the job and wanted the next five minutes of my time to discuss next steps. This was my dream job.

I immediately hung up the phone.

If these unprecedented times have taught me anything, it's that time is the most important commodity we have. I refuse to work for a company that does not respect my time with my beloved and blistering bowels. 

Please share similar stories below!"

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Apr 29, 2021 - 11:57pm

I was taught not to show excitement and maintain composure and sometimes it throws people off. Showing emotion is important when I got my IB FT offer at the end of the summer, when I got any buy-side offers, even when I originally got the original internship offer. People mirror your mood, better to show excitement. Think if you are negotiating something it's different but finance junior jobs don't require / permit for negotiation.

That being said best advice is to be yourself, but if it's genuine be positive and animated. 

  • Retired in IB - Ind
Apr 30, 2021 - 1:28am

No one cares how you react as long as you accept the offer. I was mildly excited when I got mine but didn't jump up and down. Just be polite and say thanks and hang up. 

  • Associate 2 in IB - Ind
Apr 30, 2021 - 1:33am

Mine was actually delivered by a senior associate I'd been working with mostly throughout the summer. She was cute, single, surprisingly fit and every analyst was thirsting over her. Though it was hard to keep my eyes off her body, I kept everything professional during the internship. When she gave me the news, I said yes and then immediately asked her out for a dinner that Friday. 

Apr 30, 2021 - 3:19pm

I started wailing as tears streamed down my face before unzipping and climaxing to a photo of DJ D-Sol himself. Now I'm a top bucket analyst and have the privilege of working 200hr work weeks as the man's personal fuck pig. Jealous yet?

Apr 30, 2021 - 3:42pm

Not a full-time offer, but I received a junior summer MM IB internship offer after 1) delaying graduation and 2) grinding like a madman for 2 years in terms of networking and finding relevant experience for my resume during the school year. I was at my girlfriend's house when I heard the news and ran up the stairs to her room and just screamed "I got the offer!" As others have said, it was definitely a career trajectory / life changing event and I'll remember it for the rest of my life. The FT offer that came after that was definitely less of an elated moment (I was in the process at other places and knew I would end up with a decent offer no matter what). 

  • Intern in IB-M&A
May 1, 2021 - 2:56am

I got the call as I was updating my networking and applications spreadsheet in my room. I hadn't gotten a full-time return offer from my internship and since it was in the middle of COVID, no one really knew their hiring needs. I had been grinding 9-5 everyday on the phone and spending the evenings finding people to email. The group I am joining had someone decline the return and that opened up a spot for me. Interviewed and by sheer luck or grace from above, got the offer. I stood up from my desk and sat down on my bed for the call, got the offer, and just felt a huge weight drop from my shoulders. I thanked her and just said thank you over and over again and told her I couldn't wait to join the team. Hung up and I yelled at the top of my lungs and then rushed to tell my girlfriend and then proceeded to cry and just sit in my joy. Called everyone who had helped me during the full-time process to thank them and cried some more. Ate an incredible lunch with friends and signed the letter as soon as I could. Honestly was probably the best day of my life so far.

May 1, 2021 - 3:06am

Trust me, hearing applicants get so excited on the phone is one of the most awesome parts of this job. So yes, go ahead, scream if you'd like :)

  • Intern in IB - Ind
May 1, 2021 - 6:04am

I thanked him and I told him I need to hang up the phone so I can tell my parents  lol

May 1, 2021 - 8:16am

You should absolutely share your excitement about receiving and accepting your offer!  For every offer that's extended, the hiring manager and Team turn down other candidates that could have done the job and are super disappointed with the outcome. When you respond enthusiastically, you are validating the decision that YOU were the right choice.  Congratulations!

  • Intern in IB-M&A
May 1, 2021 - 11:48am

Had been feeling down a few months into recruiting because I felt like I didnt belong in these "high finance" circles coming from a small blue collar town background myself. Even at school its pretty hard to relate to kids who went to $40k a year high schools while financial aid covered most of my college. Had my first and only superday towards the end of the recruiting season and got a call from an NY number on the train back. Didn't outwardly freak out but internally knew I had made it and all the work put in finally felt worth it. Got back to school and celebrated then slept in knowing I didn't have to go to the campus career fair the next day anymore lmao.

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