Don't you feel like MD's and CEO's are much easier to talk to when you don't know who they are?

A few hours ago I just finished a second round interview at a BB firm. It was a two on one interview. They both were very chill, all the questions were about my experiences but I showed off my bank and technical knowledge in some of the answers.

Afterwards I got their business cards and learned that one of them did not work at the BB firm but was a CEO at another firm and the second guy was an MD. I assume the CFO is a close friend of the MD and decided to help out.

Anyways the interview was chill. The thing is prior to that I was terrified of today's interview not knowing what to expect. It might help calm nerves knowing one of them is from your school.

Seriously, anyone but me terrified of having to talk to a MD or being interviewed by one?

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Dec 2, 2011

Its SOP to be intervied by a MD at some point in the interview process. Most of the time MDs get a bad rap from people who grossly overstate their actions and verbal abuse. MDs are generally more laid back then associates and VPs who are usually under more stress then their bosses are.

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Dec 2, 2011

MDs are generally more laid back then associates and VPs who are usually under more stress then their bosses are.

You've to see mine....

Dec 2, 2011

lol. it depends. you know what they say about nature and nurture.

Dec 2, 2011

My MD absolutely terrified me in my interview with him, and the effect would have been similar even if he were just an analyst. The dude has a cold, piercing stare.

That said, he is a very cool dude.

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Dec 2, 2011

Carrying a conversation in a business setting advice (Originally Posted: 01/27/2010)


The biggest problem I am finding when I take a potential client or someone that I see as being "on a pedestal" (ie. a big name guy) I tend to tense up, over think myself, and end up not being able to carry a conversation outside of "business" talk. I am in my early 20s and these guys are usually 40+ years old.

I have zero issues with carrying a very easy, outgoing conversation with anyone who is my peer but I find it soooo difficult to do it with the older crowd or with someone that I think can effect my future. Obviously, I dont think a lot of these guys want to hear about my weekend and their is only so much they can say about their families.

This is a huge issue for me and so vital for business. Anyone have any tips to get over this? Or conversation topics you would suggest trying?

Have you had this problem and how were you able to get over it?


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Dec 2, 2011

If I was a senior person used to people kissing my ass, telling me what they think I want to hear just to make me happy, always having someone try and weasel something out of me, the one thing I would want from someone in a junior position is honesty and genuineness. Be respectful, but relax and be yourself. I am sure that most of these upper level people would appreciate it. Nice change of pace from what they are used to.

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Dec 2, 2011

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