I'm VP at a BB in a BO role. Our cohort of summer interns just finished so thought I would do an AMA. To kick off, here's 5 things I would advise to students after going through this process.
1 - Being social matters. Yes, we'll put you to work but no one is expecting you to move mountains. The soft skills around being social matter. Talk to people, go to the happy hours, be respectful.
2 - Be enthusiastic. If you want to work here so much, why do you talk about your other internships? We know we're big and you want to work here but why do you want to work for my group. Have a good answer for that and be enthusiastic about my group, always.
3 - Be situationally aware. One intern started spouting off about how they thought people on their 50s are old and ancient. Guess what? You're in BO, half the floor is 50+ or approaching it. Talking like that is a great way to have yourself dinged by just about everyone in the group.
4 - Greet people, always. I cannot begin to tell you how many colleagues told me, "can you believe that little shit intern just walked by my desk without saying hello? Fuck that guy". If you've shaken their hand and know their name at any point, never pass them by without saying something.
5 - Be an individual. My interns had to wear ties for a presentation. The second (and I mean the very second) it was over, they whipped them off. I asked them why and they said that they didn't want the others in their cohort giving them shit for wearing a tie. Peer pressure struggle is real, I get it. But not everyone gets to make MD and you're not going to get there by following the crowd to the top. Be strong enough to swim against the tide just a little bit. I'm not going to say I dinged them for that but I was definitely turned off by it.
I'll keep this thread updated as people ask questions.
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