Am I SOL for FT

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Rank: Chimp | 11

So basically the gist is that I was at a top Rx group this past summer but because of my social ineptitude I said some dumb things that destroyed my reputation with senior management. That's not an understatement- it was to the point that everyone who worked closely with me was arguing that it would be a mistake not to give me an offer and seniors simply said we don't care we don't like him despite the fact that it was based on some stupid things I said in the first few weeks. My exit interview was basically you are amazing technically but your social skills are lacking and pointed to things that only occurred in the beginning and I had fixed after I was talked to about it. I know that doesn't justify my mistakes, but it feels like the decision was made before anyone even decided to see if I could learn and improve.

Everywhere I've tried to recruit will hear about this and either completely ignore me or understand the growth I've made since then and give me a first round. But after every first round they go silent and I don't know why, but I assume it's due to concerns from people at that office about the lack of offer as I had great rapport with the interviewers and my technicals were solid. I understand that my situation is bad and I totally screwed myself, but it feels like I'm now in a position where I can't get anything in IB especially considering how late in the cycle we are now, and I can't really find any opportunities in AM, HF, Corp dev, or anything markets related.

I love financial markets and will do anything to break in, it just feels like doom and gloom due to my stupid past mistakes. I learned a lot from the experience and I've used it as an experience for growth, but I guess I don't know where to go from here. If anyone has any advice on how to proceed I'd greatly appreciate the advice.

Comments (11)

Sep 12, 2018

No advice but in similar situation for different reasons - having first rounds that go extremely well and then hearing radio silence afterwards really sucks. Hoping someone on here has recommendations.

Sep 12, 2018

pursue Jacksonville

Sep 12, 2018

Lol what did you say

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Sep 12, 2018

Network! Call up everyone you know. Get your foot in as many doors as possible. Finding a job in IB is like getting married, you got to date lots of people before you find one you're willing to commit to (or find someone who is willing to commit to you).

Most jobs in IB aren't found on resume sites. They're word of mouth, friend-of-a-friend type gigs. And if you need, hire a recruiter. You might have to pay, but they have connections you don't, and I've seen some people be very successful with recruiters.

Sep 13, 2018

That's what I've been trying. It's just awful how many calls I have where people are excited to get on the phone with me, but basically hang up once they ask about why I didn't get an offer despite the fact that I show I learned and grew from the experience.

Where would I look into for hiring a recruiter?

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Sep 13, 2018

This would be a good first step: How to find a recruiter


Sep 13, 2018

Why would you tell them the real reason you didn't get an offer?? Just say the group didn't have hiring needs, etc..

Sep 14, 2018

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