Dear Interns: Don't e-mail the CEO

So most SA's have done their technical training and have joined their desks last weeks.

Most banks have a program for interns to meet seniors to know more about the culture and different teams. Make use of this as it gives you the opportunity to meet seniors who you otherwise will never speak. It is also a good excuse to be away from your desk for 30 min (though it should not interfere too much with your work).

Having passed the technical training does not mean you have passed the social training. I have mentioned it before, but your internship is a 10 week long first date. You need to show you have all the qualities the bank/team wants. This includes social skills.

So when you meet with the D/MD's be on time, wear a tie and have questions ready. Ask the analysts and associates for who are good D/MD's to meet and what questions you could ask them (as a backup in case the conversation runs a bit dry). But also DON'T E-MAIL THE CEO OR CHAIRMAN. I remember my VP telling me that I shouldn't do this and I thought he was joking, but unfortunately he was not. One month later I saw a fellow intern e-mail our CEO and Chairmen for a coffee (their PA's thanked them and said they were too busy). An intern has set a new record this year by e-mailing during his second week. E-mailing these people show you don't understand how the dynamics in a big organization work. How can the team be sure you won't e-mail the client CEO/CFO for some random information? I know this is especially a problem for kids from the UK, who are 18-19 years old when they intern and miss some life lessons. So hereby I teach those life lessons.

"Nothing to lose, only to gain", "Have no, can get a yes" are reasons I have heard. Well, only thing you can lose is your FT offer by showing a lack of social awareness...

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Jul 8, 2018

Hi Insomnia_Banker, check out these resources:

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If we're lucky, maybe these professional users will respond: @spoorthie.rav @Pfurry5453 @mcgann614

I hope those threads give you a bit more insight.

Jul 8, 2018

I cold called lloyd blankfein, now im working for goldman sachs. Go for it

Jul 8, 2018
YourWorstEnemy:

I cold called lloyd blankfein, now im working for goldman sachs. Go for it

LMAO

Jul 8, 2018

Thanks, I definitely will! and good for you!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 8, 2018

All I read was the title and honestly, the first thought that came to my mind was- go for it!

Out the window of my jet... U C LA like a bruin!

Jul 8, 2018

Find other places to apply, and cold email them. Getting too attached to one job will make you miserable. Do not put all of your eggs in one basket.

Jul 8, 2018

same shit happened to me...after awhile they all fold....told me no desk....just kept on him through whatever means it took.

its one way or the other: hate me or admire.

Jul 8, 2018

im curious about this as well.

please go forward with the email and let us know how it works out.

I'm making it up as I go along.

Jul 8, 2018

not appropriate unless you interviewed directly with him/her

Jul 8, 2018

First and foremost, if you write an email with such egregious grammar, chances are he will personally call your school up and tell them to hire some English teachers.

Secondly, most emails sent to CEOs are filtered and usually checked by secretaries with certain exceptions including confidential stuff in which case the email usually comes with such a tag.

Jul 8, 2018

Is this a serious question?

Jul 8, 2018

Well, ignoring the sentence that looks like it was typed by a 4th grader, I'd say that at the very least, your e-mail will get forwarded to right place in HR/recruitment. The CEO may never read it and you definitely will not get a response, so don't hold your breath on that one.

I e-mailed a bank CEO, because he's a family friend, and my immediate reply was from HR regarding recruitment and I got the interview. He did eventually send a little note like, "I hope the interview process goes well" ...

Good luck!

Jul 8, 2018

Lots of high high level executives went to similiar top schools. Like for example, Erin Callan went to NYU. Would it be appropriate to email Erin Callan for an informational interview or is she simply too high up?

Would anyone ever email the Head of Investment Banking at a BB alum for an informational interview? How about the Treasurer of Morgan Stanley?

Jul 8, 2018

You make the rest of us look smarter, suaver, sexier. Much appreciated

jason:

Lots of high high level executives went to similiar top schools. Like for example, Erin Callan went to NYU. Would it be appropriate to email Erin Callan for an informational interview or is she simply too high up?

Would anyone ever email the Head of Investment Banking at a BB alum for an informational interview? How about the Treasurer of Morgan Stanley?

Jul 8, 2018

"Would it be appropriate to email Erin Callan for an informational interview or is she simply too high up?

Would anyone ever email the Head of Investment Banking at a BB alum for an informational interview? How about the Treasurer of Morgan Stanley?
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By all means try, but why do you think they can be bothered with this at all?

Jul 8, 2018

I heard you could get blackballed from the firm if you email a C-level executive.

Jul 8, 2018

maybe i'm confused as to what an informational interview is, but seriously you're in college. do you really think ppl at this level a)care or b) will make time to just provide you with some information?

Jul 8, 2018
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Jul 8, 2018