Dinged online for being sick

Prospect in Other

I applied for an IB internship with CS in London a few weeks before Christmas. Two days ago I received an email inviting me to tests. At the time I was quite ill and the email did not disclose the deadline for completing the tests. I sent a short and respectful email to HR saying that I am ill and asked how many days I have to complete the tests.

2 hours later I received a rejection email.

Moral of the story? Assume HR are gods and don't give them any reason to ding you. And if you are sick, just do the tests.

Comments (46)

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 12, 2020

Follow up on your previous email. Could be an error.

  • Prospect in Other
Jan 12, 2020

Did that. No reply yet (its only been 1 business day).

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 12, 2020

So you've reached out 2x?

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  • Investment Analyst in PE - Other
Jan 12, 2020

You probably shouldn't be working in IB if you can't take a simple online test/hirevue because you're sick.

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 12, 2020

harsh bro

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  • Prospect in Other
Jan 12, 2020

Wanted to give myself the best chance and I had fever, not just a cough or a runny nose.

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  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Jan 14, 2020

Not to sound like a hardo but this is kinda true... I had to do a skype interview with the flu and it was horrible, but you can sit there, explain you're ill but this was important to you, have a trash can next to you and pray you don't have to pause your screen to puke.

Jan 14, 2020

eh i got sick the day of my flight up to NYC for a superday.

my contact there said a few people in the office got sick and that was part of why they dinged me

they wouldnt put me in a hotel for flying across the country. its not like I could afford to ask to reschedule

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Jan 14, 2020

is it because he cant? Or he wanted to know if the deadline gave him time to get better and then take it?

he just asked for a deadline, not an extension. if anything, asking for a deadline is a good sign in a potentisl candidate...

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  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Jan 15, 2020

Fair point - unsure of the situation.

Jan 17, 2020

I dont know friend, I just got over a flu with 6 days of fever and I contemplated just killing myself after 3 days of no food and maybe 2 hours outside of my bedroom.

Most Helpful
Jan 12, 2020

HR is always the dickiest part of the bank from my experience. straight up milfs in their early 30s who think they run the show. i love stomping on them while theyre down, they fear my presence. not the innocent college grad no longer, one day i'll run this place.

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

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Jan 13, 2020

milfs? you'd like to f them?

Jan 13, 2020

The thought of stomping all over bank HR brings me so much joy

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Jan 19, 2020

it's true man. There's a total power-skill mismatch. Low skilled individuals with inordinate power over employees. It's awful. I'll spare you my horror stories. Safe to say, one never, ever wants to talk with HR.

  • Prospect in Other
Jan 12, 2020

@Lloyd BIankfein what would you do in this situation sir?

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Jan 13, 2020

he is a troll...

Jan 13, 2020

yeah fuck that guy

TSLA $420 again lol

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Jan 13, 2020

Call them. Literally go on LinkedIn, find someone's name. Call the general line and ask for x person. Explain your situation and what happened. See what they say. Can't hurt. If they are not chill about it, it was not meant to be.

Good Luck

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  • Prospect in Other
Jan 13, 2020

Im giving up on IB. I have a stronger profile for AM anyway.

I'll do it just so we get closure to this thread :)

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Jan 13, 2020

Seems pretty ridiculous on their part. I'm surprised the email didn't have a deadline though . . you sure it didn't?

  • Prospect in Other
Jan 13, 2020

100%.

Jan 13, 2020

Amazing they'd send out a take home exam with no deadline. I mean WTF. HR is usually incompetent but that's another level.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jan 13, 2020

It's quite late for London IB recruiting so you may have been rejected because they filled the position or they already had sufficient candidates for the next rounds of interviewing.

Good luck with the rest of your apps!

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  • Analyst 1 in Consulting
Jan 13, 2020

Had an interview with Citadel. Got a brutal concussion and asked to reschedule 3 days later. They ignored me then filled the role with another candidate. It sucks but it happens.

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  • Prospect in Other
Jan 13, 2020

Sounds brutal indeed. Tbh I'd hate to work in an environment where even average people are this brutal. If HR is like this, imagine what MDs must be like. Anyway, hope you are enjoying consulting.

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Jan 13, 2020

HR can often be the biggest d**k heads in the entire bank/firm

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Jan 13, 2020

Test comment

Jan 13, 2020

what were you testing UwU

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Investment Banking Full-time Analyst Programme (London) at JPMorgan Chase. After a thorough review of your application, we regret to inform you that we are unable to move forward with your candidacy at this time.

Jan 13, 2020

Well what were you doing getting sick for? Rookie move. Hate to see it. Next time remember to never get sick.

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Jan 13, 2020

I know you were trying to be funny but it missed the mark.

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Jan 14, 2020

yeah, was a joke, but ok

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jan 14, 2020

I thought it was pretty funny lmao, judging from the downvotes it looks like you might be the one missing the mark bud

Jan 14, 2020
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  • Prospect in Other
Jan 15, 2020