At the expense of receiving troll responses, I wanted to ask for some ideas on this topic:
First and foremost, I have been working at a no-name boutique and was involved to a lesser degree of a decently-sized deal for being a no-name boutique. My boss liked me BECAUSE I wasn't a finance/business major. I graduated from a top 10 school, but I studied something super qualitative: political science.
Anyway, I have had a couple ofbanks and elite boutiques, but nothing has stuck. I know where my shortcomings are and I have one more interview coming up with a well-respected regional bank. The thing is, I don't know how to spin my poli sci degree and to be honest with it. I don't want to sound like I am bullshitting, though it's hard not to.
Maybe my technical skills aren't as strong as I'd like them to be, but I sure as heck am working on getting them there. I love working with numbers, but didn't do too much of it in college. Nor at my current job. And more than anything, having worked in the industry, I definitely have discovered that I have a passion for finance. For me, it really isn't about the money (I mean, it's definitely nice), but it's about the work.
How could I justify getting into IB with such a qualitative background to a group of finance majors (the people interviewing me all studied finance/business/econ)? How can I talk about things that I can bring to the table without sounding like I'm bullshitting?
On another note, if someone would like to work with me, I would love some one-on-one interviewing advice. If you'd like to help, send me a PM.