Furthest someone ever went to get into IB?

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Title says it all. This could include networking, job application, interviewing, during internship, info sessions, etc.

What is the craziest, most try-hard thing you ever saw someone do to get a job on Wall Street?

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Sep 23, 2019

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Sep 23, 2019

Heh coming from a nontarget and talking to a lot of other people who got into nontargets, i have a few stories

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Sep 24, 2019

Yes

Sep 24, 2019

Yes pls.

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  • Associate 2 in CorpDev
Sep 24, 2019

This was a story from a close buddy of mine. Dude was a non target, athletic / good looking guy, had smarts, and was a hard worker.

3rd year in college, he gets a summer internship in an EB. First week on the job he realizes the team he's in is united because of one reason, the MD is a total abomination - Indian woman, late 40's, divorced, and weighs close to 200 pounds. Impossible to be around, constantly throwing her temper at non-issues, talking down to her team, and just being an outright bitch. The whole team's diagnosis was that she just needed to get some.

Last week of the internship comes around, and she singles him out to work on a pitch for her directly. Rest of the team is like "the fuck? that's never happened before to an intern" but they don't ponder it for too long as they're working 100+ hour weeks. At this point, you might ask - how would I know this? Well, we had another mate interning and a school alumni working as an analyst in the same team.

Anyway, my buddy pulls his usual hours to wrap up the pitch over the week and on Friday, as he half-expected, the MD throws a bitch fit and insists on all kinds of changes even after having reviewed the deck a few times during the week. The guy misses intern farewell drinks, pulls an all-nighter, and completes the pitch deck by 11am on Saturday. He calls the MD to let her know, and she insists he brings 3 hard copies to her residence because "she doesn't have time".

He arrives at her residence and rings the door bell - some Indian kid opens the door, turns out she had a son! (No one in the office even knew, turns out she had never mentioned this before). Anyway the guy goes "she's been expecting you, bring it up to her - room's up the stairs, third one on the right". My buddy, bless him, reeking of red bull goes up the stairs into her bedroom, to find the MD in see-through white night gown.

Now, he SWEARS he deposited the pitch deck there and left, but after that incident, the MD was reportedly a different person - less bitchy and even humane for a couple weeks. Change was so extreme one of the associates actually texted my best bud to ask what he did. While my bud stuck to his story, we all knew what a real soldier he was - I've never seen anyone take a bigger one for the team. He gets the offer in the end, but fortunately one of the associates helped him secure a role with another bank and he went there instead.

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Sep 24, 2019

Hahahaha what a story. Would love to know what actually went down.

Possibly the most selfless intern of all time. Whatever team he landed on is lucky to have him.

"Out the garage is how you end up in charge
It's how you end up in penthouses, end up in cars, it's how you
Start off a curb servin', end up a boss"

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Sep 24, 2019

Any other theories like maybe she won the pitch and it was for a great client? Or maybe the intern refused and something happened with someone else shortly after?

Sep 25, 2019

Nobody tells the analyst to make a home delivery unless some shit is going down. Normally you just send it with the driver. That intern saw things that most of us will luckily never see.

  • Associate 2 in CorpDev
Sep 25, 2019

Yep, which is why I never bugged him too much about what actually happened after he gave that story twice - didn't want him to relive the nightmare.

I'm a great buddy like that

  • Associate 2 in CorpFin
Sep 25, 2019

Out of interest are these usually company drivers or like Addison Lee? Are the decks sealed?

Sep 25, 2019

I would have just left them on her kitchen counter

Sep 27, 2019
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