FT Generalist Program at Boutique

I just accepted a FT offer for a generalist program in NYC that I didn't previously intern at. I am wondering how does the group selection process usually work? I am specifically interested in one or two industries.

How do I increase my chances of being placed in a group that I like? Is there anything I should be doing before I start or chill and wait until I start working? 

I would really appreciate any advice!

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  • Associate 3 in IB-M&A
Jan 27, 2022 - 10:29am

Is this an EB or a true boutique? To be honest, you probably don't have much say in group selection in your situation. I've rarely heard of generalist FT offers, usually they know they have 1 spot in HC to fill, 2 spots in M&A, etc and hire directly. There will be at absolute MAX 50-75 analysts in your class, and even that is only at the largest EBs, 90% of whom interned and accepted an offer to their group. Of the ~5 or probably less FT hires, they may just assign you to a group or have an informal group selection process. But it's not like interning where it is a true free for all.

It can't hurt to network with the groups you want and just casually show your interest and inquire if they've got any FT spots open. But I would be prepared to be assigned something other than your top choice.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jan 27, 2022 - 4:29pm

I am at a true boutique. When I accepted my offer, I was told it would be for a generalist program.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jan 27, 2022 - 4:48pm

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