Cold email question - Cold emailed an MD/ED in IB

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Say you cold email an MD/ED in investment banking asking for an informational interview. He kindly replies that he is no longer in the business, that his Linkedin page (which boasts of 12 years in banking) is not up to date, and he wishes you good luck in your job search.

What does the WSO community think of this situation? Does it look like he's telling the truth? And if you face this would you press on or move onto someone else? Anyone else with a similar story?

Comments (8)

Jul 31, 2012

Why the hell would someone lie about something like this? If he didn't want to talk to you he would just ignore you. I would just move onto someone else.

Jul 31, 2012

It's more common than you think, a senior banker I know left his previous firm, but if you went on linkedin it says Director XYZ BB. Even if he isn't telling the truth, he isn't interested

Aug 1, 2012

futurectdoc
Thank you; that was my thought process. Then there was a part of me that questioned "what if this is somewhat common practice and they are testing your perseverence?" But yes, you make perfect sense.

Dec 10, 2012
eleutheros:

futurectdoc
Thank you; that was my thought process. Then there was a part of me that questioned "what if this is somewhat common practice and they are testing your perseverence?" But yes, you make perfect sense.

Even if he was lying, how would you call him out on his lie without looking like an idiot? Lol.

Like others said, I would just move on. It's not really a big deal. I've had it happen to me before.

Jul 31, 2012

I was supposed to meet someone in PWM this week. He also has been in the business for 12 years but just resigned. Don't sweat it and keep working hard. Good luck.

There is life and death. I'm going to bust my ass to make an impact 'til the latter comes.

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Jul 31, 2012

Just take this as a "don't bother me" and move on to the next guy.

Aug 1, 2012

A lot of the time, MDs or the like will have other people maintain email, calendar, LinkedIn accounts and whatnot. I doubt he is lying.

Jul 16, 2016
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