A big fat thank-you!!!!
I've been on this forum over a year now, mostly lurked because I never had anything to contribute that couldn't be said better by someone else or couldn't be answered with the aid of the search function.
I never intended to go to Wall St., but I figured that if I stuck around and learned from the best, I would have a shot at the best regional boutique firms. So for the past year I have been learning and soaking up as much knowledge as possible. Preparing myself for the slim chance I would make it in. Today I had my first interview, and I also got the informal notice of landing the position right afterwards. Don't worry, I'm not celebrating just yet because I don't have the offer letter in my hands, but when/if I do... oh boy, it's on!!!! I'm a single mom and I have struggled like the devil to stay in school, work full-time, and yeah - parent. So many times I thought of giving up, but I would come here for inspiration and keep going.
I did my homework. I bought the behavioral and technical interview guides, and I was SO prepared. I practiced, I memorized the names of the executives, figured out why the firm was unique and I brought it. Because of this forum I figured out what it took and I nailed the questions and how to tell my "story". Even if this informal offer falls through, I am ready for the other interviews.
Thank you SO much. I hope to be able to contribute in the future, in the meantime I'll keep to the socio- and political threads for fun ;-)
Update: Got the email just now... it's official :) YEAH BABY YEAH!!!!