Can I pick an Analyst's Brain for a Second?Subscribe
As I begin my "networking"/investment banking recruitment journey, I am genuinely curious on what analysts want to hear from aspiring investment bankers regarding cold emails and then potential calls.
I've read plenty of sites and forms, but this is me just picking your brain and seeking an honest opinion (pretend the student isn't alumni):
What makes you smile/want to respond/not roll your eyes? What makes you hit delete/ignore?
I see templates online, but I just yawn; I feel like if I sent an email like that it's so rigid and cookie-cutter like and surface level. Analysts are literally 3 years older than me...When I network I really just want to know the person at the end of the day - yes of course the job is important but I genuinely like hearing about their experience as a whole - investment banking is a lifestyle. I want to send a personal yet relatable and semi-professional type of email (if that makes sense to you?)...Maybe that's too casual; I don't know. Is it weird to attach a resume/LinkedIn profile just kind of to make things easier/quicker?
And as for the call...what questions/conversations do you crave and make you want to go up to bat for the student? I think a majority of kids interested in IB are hella smart, so that's a given...but what do you really want to know/care to hear? I do my homework relating to the person + industry but I feel like while they may enjoy their job that's not me getting to know them as a person... I know the phone call should flow naturally, but for someone who hasn't networked a lot, it can be a little intimidating.
And call me silly, but what can these phone calls really do for you? Do you want to talk to as many people? Do they get you the interview? Do you ever talk to HR?
Sorry if this is confusing. I'm just a naive novice working on my networking skills at the moment.